Historical Places in Sikkim
Rabdentse Ruins is a gorgeous historical place in Sikkim that is must see for the tourists who want to delve into the history of the past. It was the second capital of Sikkim’s former Kingdom from 1670 to 1814. The invading Gurkha army destroyed the capital city, and only the ruins of the palace and the chortens are seen here now.
The ruined parts of Rabdentse are a part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit that starts with the first monastery at Yuksom known as the Dubdi Monastery, followed by Tashiding Monastery, Norbugang Chorten, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, the Pemayangtse Monastery, and the Khecheopalri Lake. The summer season from March to May is pleasant and best to explore this place.
Location- Geyzing, Sikkim 737111
Rumtek Monastery, also called the Dharma Chakra Centre, is situated around 23 kms from Gangtok. This is amongst the beautiful monuments in Sikkim that were founded by the Wangchuk Dorje, 9th Karmapa Lama in the 16th century. It is a quiet getaway that houses a monastery for the monks and includes a beautiful shrine temple.
It is amongst the largest monastery in Sikkim which is an almost replica of the original monastery in Tsurphu inTibet. Rumtek Monastery is also a world renowned center for Kagyu teachings, it consists of some of the rarest and the oldest Buddhist religious art objects found in the world.
Location-Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche, Dharma Chakra Centre, Sikkim 737135
Timing- 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Dubdi Monastery is also called Yuksom Monastery, which is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This historical place in Sikkim was established in 1701 by Chogyal Namgyal and is known to be the oldest monastery in the state that is situated at an altitude of 2,100 m.The monastery is a two-storeyed structure with an elaborately painted interior. It houses images of divinities, saints, other symbols and collection of manuscripts and texts.
The top of the roof has a bell shaped gilded dome known as "Gyaltshen''. Visitors can have a magnificent bird's eye view and witness cupressus funebris, a species of cypress brought by Latshen Chem Po from Kham Village in Tibet.
Location- Near Yuksom, Yuksom, Sikkim 737113
Timing- 07:00 am - 04:00 pm
Coronation Throne of Norbugang
The Coronation Throne of Norbugang refers to the place where the first Chogyal king - Phuntsog Namgyal was crowned in the year 1642. A wall-like structure was erected and named Norbugang Chorten after the ceremony, which still marks the original site. People believe that those who had attended the ceremony offered a huge amount of treasures that are still buried beneath the Norbugang Chorten.
The place is famous for the footprints of one of the three Lamas that are embedded in a rock opposite the king's throne can also be witnessed here. It is a hub of Buddhist pilgrims where there are many monasteries nearby such as Dubdi Monastery, Kartok Monastery, and Tashiding Monastery.
Location- Norbu gang, Coronation throne of Namgyal Dynasty, 9698+VR9, Yuksom, Sikkim 737113
One of the beautiful historical places in Sikkim is Siddheshwar Dham which is a Hindu temple. It is also called Char Dham Temple which is situated on the Solofolk hill at a distance of about 5 kilometers from the main city of Namchi in the Indian state of Sikkim. The beauty of this temple is the 108 feet high statue of Lord Shiva which can be seen from many kilometers away. It is a replica of the Char Dham temples of India and hence, it derived its name from there.
The 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva are also replicated in this temple complex. These 12 Jyotirlingas are replicas of twelve Jyotirlingas or Dwadasa Jyotirlingas like Somnath, Mallikarjuna, Mahakaleshwar, Omkareshwar, Kedarnath, Bhimashankar, Vishwanath, Trimbakeshwar, Vaidyanath, Nageshwar, Rameshwar and Ghushneshwar surround the idol of Lord Shiva.
Location- Namchi - Namthang Rd, Agam Gram, Namchi, Sikkim 737126
Timing- 06:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Pemayangtse Monastery is the second oldest monastery in Sikkim. It is situated at a distance of around 107 km west of Gangtok. The word Pemayangtse means ‘Perfect Sublime Lotus’ in which the monastery is structured. The monastery is a three-storied structure with several statues including those of Padmasambhava (Lotus Born).
Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the famous historical places in Sikkim which is in excellent condition and is well maintained by the monks. It was founded and designed by Lama Lhatsun Chempoway having beautiful sculptures, paintings and ancient scrolls. It is the starting point of the 46 km long Dzongri trekking trail through the dense forests in Khangchendzonga National Park.
Location- Pemayangtse Monastery, Sikkim 737111
Timing- 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Kirateshwar Mahadev Mandir
Kirateshwar Mahadev Mandir is a very well-known monument in Sikkim which is located on the left bank of the river Rangit. It is said that tourists visit here for the popular belief that this temple fulfills all the wishes, if one prays whole-heartedly. Kirateshwar Mahadev is one of the oldest and historical temples in the state and the reference to this temple is also given in the Mahabharata because of its vital role in the epic battle.
The temple has two platforms to worship Lord Rama and Goddess Durga. The main attraction which is why the temple is known, is for the festival of the Bala Chaturdashi which takes place in November - December every year.
Location- 77HG+39R, Legship, Sikkim 737111
Namchi is one of the most renowned historical places in Sikkim, and it originated from the Sikkimese word 'Nam’ which means ‘sky’ and ‘Chi’ which means ‘high’. It is sited at a staggering altitude of 1,675m above sea level offering spectacular views of the Khangchendzonga range and Rangit valley. It is home to the Buxa Formation of Manley, the stromatolite bearing Dolomite Limestones, which has been declared a national geological monument in SIkkim by the Geological Survey of India (GSI), for their maintenance, enhancement, protection, and promotion, of geotourism.
The statue of Padmasambhava is also present here, this statue is about 135ft high, it is painted in copper and gold and sits on a lotus plinth atop the Samdruptse ridge. The best time to visit this place is from March to May as the temperature remains moderate.
Yuksom is 33 kms from Pelling, it means the ‘meeting place of three lamas. This place has great historical importance to the Sikkimese, the first Chogyal was crowned in 1642 in this place. The monastery has now become a National Monument in Sikkim and is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. It is also the gateway to the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve. There are many monasteries that visitors can explore when they visit Yuksom.
Some of these monasteries are: Tashiding Monastery, Tashi Tenka, Dubdi Monastery, Khangchendzonga National Park. Yuksom is surrounded by mountain ranges and lies in a basin-like valley surrounded by mountain ranges and has special religious and cultural significance for the Bhutia community of Sikkim.