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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious sites of Pelling?

Anupriya Bedi DEC 10 2012
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To be surrounded by majestic, sloping mountains, dense forests, a riot of colours and hues is certainly a dream. Pelling is an abode of raw, untouched beauty. A leisurely stroll in this small town is bound to take you to a different place. It is then no surprise that this haven is bestowed with numerous sites offering spiritual rejuvenation.
One of the most important destinations in the Buddhist pilgrimage circuit, Pelling is a must visit if you are looking for a few precious moments of peace and tranquility. The monasteries here symbolise architectural brilliance along with housing rare paintings and artifacts of religious importance.
Here are some of the places you can visit on your lovely holiday to Pelling.

  • Sangachoeling Monastery

    Situated on a hill, Sangachoeling Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. At a distance of 2 km from Pelling, the walk to the monastery takes about 45 mins. The picturesque steep hilly road leading upto this sacred place is worth the effort.
    Known for its simple Tibetan architecture and dazzling colours, the monastery leaves you spellbound. Though only families of
    Bhutia and Lepcha are allowed inside the main shrine, one can visit the monastery and admire the various ancient painting, clay carvings and sculptures on display.
    The monastery is surrounded by refreshing greenery and mesmerising mountains offering you the perfect space for meditation sessions.

  • Pemayangtse Monastery

    Literally translated as perfect sublime lotus, Pemayangtse is one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim. Housing a surprising collection of wall painting, sculptures and carvings, this three storied building is a splendid site.
    Founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705, this famous monastery follows the
    Nyingma Order of Tibet Buddhism and controls and order the other monasteries in Sikkim. Built for ‘pure monks’ or ta-tshang which means ‘monks of pure Tibetan lineage’, the monks of this monastery are usually chosen from the Bhutias of Sikkim.
    Besides being an architectural splendor and a refreshing spiritual retreat, the monastery also host the
     Chaam festival(monk dance) annually. Held every year on the 28th and 29th of the 12th month of the Tibetan Calendar of February, the dance witnesses the lamas of the monastery performing a spellbinding dance.
    Pilgrims from all parts of Sikkim flock to the monastery during this colour festival. Fireworks mark the end of this festival symbolising the abolishment of evil spirits. Enthralling and captivating, a visit to this monastery is awe inspiring and rejuvenating.

    Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

  • Khecheopalri Lake

    A surprising sight in the midst of towering trees with birds dotting the clear blue skies. The sacred Khecheopalri lake is a short car ride from Pelling. Known all over Sikkim as the ‘wishing lake’, a rare phenomenon is attached to the crystal waters of this lake. It is said that the birds and ducks of the area don’t even let a single leaf float on the surface of the lake.
    The birds spend their entire day clearing the lake of any stray leaves that may flutter over it. Legend also has it that a visit to this lake would fulfil all your desires and wants. Hidden by the thick forest cover, this serene lake is a desired camping site for trekkers. If you aren’t carrying your camping gear, the shops around the area rent gear out to campers and trekkers. The forest is dotted with various walking paths, so don’t forget a sturdy pair of sneakers, but it is advisable to stay close to the lake lest you lose your way. A real treat for bird watchers, the lake offers an intriguing peek into the ways of the sky creatures. Head here for a wonderful afternoon in the laps of nature and unexplored beauty.

Spiritual rejuvenation and purification of the senses isn’t too far away in Pelling. With every site telling you a story, the experience is as interesting as it is refreshing. Walk along and let the beauty of Pelling take over.

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