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Sangacholing Monastery, Pelling, Sikkim, India
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

about sanga choling monastery

No vehicle will take you to the Sanga-Choling (‘the place of secret spells’), probably the second oldest monastery in Sikkim. Sanga Choling Monastery is situated on the other side of Pelling and takes a good 45 mins of uphill climbing. But once you reach the sturdy little monastery in its windswept eyrie, the trek seems worth every ragged breath. You step into the narrow vestibule in the front and take in the colossal figures painted all over the walls. 

There are usually four ‘Kings of the Quarters’, who guard the universe against the outer demons. Clad in armour and wearing ferocious expressions, the guardians come in white, yellow, red and green. Upstairs, the first floor houses the manuscripts in their individual cubbyholes, storerooms and perhaps a tiny retiring room for the priest in charge.

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