Mahalaya Sites

Gangtok

Gangtok

Sikkim's hillside capital, with its spectacular view of Mt. Khangchen - dzonga, is the perfect base for one's travels around Sikkim. In Gangtok, Sikkim's only real urban sprawl, one can see how the traditional and contemporary merge: where buildings old and new sit side by side; where
women in traditional dress and trendy youth share space on the terraces of cafes; and where monasteries, parks, and cable car rides offer visitors the space to absorb it all. See more>>

Yuksum

Yuksum

This is the first capital and historical heart of Sikkim. Yuksum, literally means "meeting place of three lamas" and refers to the lamas who coronated the first king of Sikkim in 1642 and establishing a dynasty that ruled until 1975, at a site one can still visit today. Yuksum is also the village from which treks to Mt. Khangchendzonga base camp start. See more>>

Pemayangtse

Pemayangtse

Perhaps one of the most well known of Sikkim's monasteries, the monks at Pemayangtse Monastery were entrusted to perform all spiritual ceremonies for the royal family. With a commanding view of the Himalayan range, and recently renovated, a visit to Pemayangtse is a truly timeless experience. See more>>

Tashiding

Tashiding

Built in the 17th century and sitting on the peak of its own hillock, Tashiding is considered to be at the heart centre of Sikkim's spiritual geometry, and Sikkim's most sacred and blessed site. A field of stupas behind the monastery offers a quiet place for meditation, and it is believed that with the right motivation, even a glimpse of one can purify a lifetime of negative karma. Tashiding is also the site of Sikkim's unique Bumchu festival during the 14th and 15th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar. See more>>

Lake Khecheopalri

Lake Khecheopalri

Nestled amongst lush forest cover, Lake Khecheopalri is a popular interest point on the Buddhist trail through Sikkim. Considered wish-fulfilling, the lake is only accessible by foot and the traditional rustic and quiet charm of the place has remained intact. Hidden in a basin of rich forest cover, is one of Sikkim’s most sacred lakes. […] See more>>

The Tsuklakhang (Royal Chapel)

The Tsuklakhang (Royal Chapel)

The Royal Chapel of Sikkim, the Tsuklakhang houses some of the best examples of central Tibetan wall murals to survive after the destruction of so many monasteries in Tibet last century. An active spiritual magnet, the Tsuklakhang has started a school to train young monks in the hopes thatour unique Buddhist lineage in Sikkim does not perish. See more>>

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