Pemayangtse

About Pemayangtse
Rumtek 24 kms. from Gangtok in Sikkim, is the seat of his holiness, the XVIth Gyawla Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery Pemagyantse is 140 kms. West of Gangtok. The nearest airport to Gangtok is at Bagdogra (124 kms.) and the nearest railhead is at Siliguri (114 kms.) and New Jalpaiguri (126 kms.).

The town houses one of the oldest monasteries, with the same name, Pemayangtse, and has suddenly become a popular destination for the Buddhist pilgrims, especially the Tibetans. In Pemayangtse, one can realize that India is a much more diversified country than what is perceived. The landscapes are, in a way, quite vibrant. Adding to that are the colourful flags, the green surroundings and simple cultured people that make Pemayangtse a virtual heaven on earth. Everything that is attached with this place automatically creates a magical effect on the eyes, be it the paintings, or the sprawling green landscapes, or the pure oxygen that you take in, in every breath.
Besides, there are the ruins of Rabdentse palace, the former capital of Sikkim (during 1814 AD), still in the excavation phase, successfully representing the charm and richness of culture that once existed in this land.

How to reach
Air - Bagdogra (in West Bengal) is the nearest airport. Regular flights and helicopter services are available to Gangtok, from Bagdogra.
Rail - Siliguri (114 km) is the nearest station, but New Jalpaiguri (125 km) could be a better option.
Road - The gateway of Pemayangtse is through Pelling. Good motorable roads connect Pelling to Pemayangtse, and also to Gangtok, the state capital. The distance of Pemayangtse from Gangtok, through Rabongia is nearly 120 km.

N.B- Foreign tourists might need to obtain a permit, to visit Sikkim, which are easily available in major cities, including Siliguri.