Sikkim is nothing less than a paradise. After all, it is the least-populous and one of the greenest states in India blessed with the charm of lakes, hills, mountains, valleys, forests and meadows. Most of the people don’t know but Sikkim has a history dating back to thousands of years. It has flourished several dynasties and powers over a period of time. Hence, it is equally popular amongst history lovers and historians.
Its one of the least visited places in Skkim but is an exceptionally good place. It served as capital of Sikkim in the late 17th century. Approximately 130km from Gangtok this place has a paranomic view which soothes out eyes. The ruins here include Rabdentse Palace and the Three Chortens, where the royal family used to worship their god. Today, this ancient site is under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India and is the first priority for any history lover looking forward to exploring Sikkim.
Located at a height of 4000ft above the sea level it is generally popular for housing the world’s largest statue of Padmasambhava, a Buddhist guru of the 8th century. However, it is also home to several other highly revered ancient religious sites such as Siddheswara Dham and Namchi Monastery. It has gained importance among the tourists due to the sacred values and is visited by thousands of tourists every month.
3. Pemayangtse Monastery
Surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains creating a serene view this Monastery is said to be one of the oldest monasteries in Northeast India and is located in the close proximity of Pelling at a distance of about 110 km from Gangtok. It is a site of great historical as well as religious importance. This is place which can be cherished by both visitors and history lovers. Therefore, it is visited by both pilgrims and history lovers.
The most prominent amongst them is the marvellous Dubdi Monastery, which is said to be the first-ever monastery built in Sikkim by the Chogyals, the monarchs of the state. It was established in the year 1701 and since then, it has been a major landmark in the region. The presence of lush greenery around the monastery adds to its existing charm and prominence.
5. Kirateshwar Mahadev Mandir
It has been a sacred place as it is believed by the local legends and Hindu mythology, that it is the site where Arjuna worshipped Lord Shiva to get blessed with success in the Mahabharata War. You can also savour the beauty of the pristine Rangeet river.