Attractions in Rangpo
There are a number of exciting things to do in Rangpo. From historical sites to cultural attractions, explore the exhaustive list of all other local attractions in Rangpo. It will help you to plan a perfect trip to Rangpo.
Plan your Kanchenjunga Falls visit and explore what else you can see and do in Pelling using our Pelling trip builder site . Take your swimming gear if you want to go swimming in the pool beneath the falls, which is safe enough to swim in, but still requires some caution. Due to its no-hassle access, this attraction is usually quite crowded, but does offer convenient features like food stalls. Less able-bodied visitors might struggle with the steep stairs. Plan your Kanchenjunga Falls visit and explore what else you can see and do in Pelling.
Noted for its mesmerizing beauty and grandeur, the Kanchenjunga falls near Pelling serves as a perfect picnic spot to be traveled with family or friends. For the convenience of visitors, certain infrastructural changes have been made at the very spot. This include setting up of small cafes and stalls in the vicinity of these wonderful falls.
Kanchenjunga Falls pour off a cliff and tumble into a pool below. Take your swimming gear if you want to go swimming in the pool beneath the falls, which is safe enough to swim in, but still requires some caution.
While trekking further after crossing the Singshore Bridge, one can visit the Alpine cheese factory and bag some famous gouda cheese from there. Then around 10 km away there is Uttarey Village, which is home to one of the oldest Uttarey society situated at the Indo-Nepal Border. Singshore Bridge is situated at a distance of 5 Km from Pelling, which opens up the popular tourist destinations of Pelling for visit along with the Singshore Bridge.
Although some sources have its height at 200 meters, the Singshore suspension bridge is probably not much over 100 meters. The main span, however, is approximately 200 meters. There has been talk of putting a permanent bungee operation on the bridge but its remote location in the mountains of West Sikkim will make that unlikely to happen.
The Khechuperi Lake
Khecheopalri lake is considered as a sacred site of pilgrimage by the Buddhists. The lake is 34 km from Pelling town. The lake is an integral part of the much revered valley of "Demazong" meaning valley of rice. This landscape is also known as a land of hidden treasures blessed by Guru Padmasambhava.
Khecheopalri is on the north-west of Pelling and on one of the lower ranges of Kanchendzonga. Further away, the mountains begin to rise towards the sky. There are small villages scattered around the lake and along with it many guest houses that run on eco-tourism.
A Gompa greets at the entrance towards the lake. The lake turned out to be much bigger than I had imagined or read up: a total area of 3.79 hectares. It could have been a lot bigger than what it was. Being of utmost importance to Buddhists, the lake is left just as it was. It helps in preserving in its original state. Khecheopalri is pronounced as ‘catch-a-perry.’ It is literally translates as ‘the heaven of Padmasambhava.’ The Hindus also consider it sacred. The locals gave it the name Sho Dzo Sho which is translated as ‘Oh, lady! Sit down!’ It is also an integral part of the Demazong or the rice valley, which is a much revered place.
Pemayangtse Monastery provides a glimpse into the life of ta-tshang "monks of pure Tibetan lineage." Colorful paintings and sculptures decorate the walls and halls of this three-storey structure the top floor houses an intricate seven-tiered wooden model of the universe that took his creator, Dungzin Rimpoche, five years to complete. Arrange to visit Pemayangtse Monastery and other attractions in Pelling.
The monastery was built for "pure monks" (ta-tshang) meaning "monks of pure Tibetan lineage", celibate and without any physical abnormality. This practice is still retained. Only the monks of Pemayangtse Monastery are entitled to the title "ta-tshang". The head lama of this monastery had the unique privilege of anointing the Chogyals of the erstwhile monarchy of Sikkim with holy water. Pemayangtse means "Perfect Sublime Lotus", and is said to represent one of the four plexus of the human body.
Rinchenpong is a town in West Sikkim, India. It is situated in West Sikkim, about 40 km west of Gangtok, 10 km due south of Gyalshing, close to the village of Kaluk. It sits at an altitude of 5576 feet (1,700m). It is known for the Rigsum Monastery and trekking routes.
The second road originates at Reshi near Legship (not to be confused with Reshi on Sikkim Bengal boarder in East Sikkim). A steep uphill road takes you to Rinchenpong first and then to Kaluk. Legship to Rinchenpong through this route is about 11 kms. This route is suitable for anyone coming from Gangtok, Ravangla or Namchi area. This is also the popular route for tourists coming from other major parts of Sikkim and Bengal, however the Legship – Jorethang road often remains in poor state of maintenance in which case this route best be avoided. The third and the least popular route connects Pelling with Rinchenpong via Singsore bridge and Dentam. This is the route which is used by the sight seeing tourists and visitors travelling between Pelling and Rinchenpong. The distance through this route is about 46 kms.
The Rumtek Monastery
Rumtek is located 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, at an altitude of about 1,500 metres (4,900 ft). Rumtek is at the centre of the Karmapa controversy, with a lengthy battle being played out in the Indian courts. Two rival organisations, each supporting a different candidate for the 17th Karmapa, claim stewardship of the monastery and its contents. The two organisations are the Tsurphu Labrang (supporting Ogyen Trinley Dorje) and the Karmapa Charitable Trust (supporting Trinley Thaye Dorje). Since 1992
One of the most significant and largest monasteries in Sikkim, Rumtek is perched on a hill overlooking Gangtok. The monastery was founded by Wangchuk Dorje, 9th Karmapa Lama in the 16th century. Originally called the Dharma Chakra Centre, it includes a beautiful shrine temple and a monastery for the monks. The shrine was established with a reason to spread the teachings of the Buddha throughout the world.