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Sangacholing Monastery, Pelling

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The Sanga Choeling Monastery, also spelt Sange Choeling Monastery, established in the 17th century by Lama Lhatsün Chempo, is one of the oldest monasteries in the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim. The literal meaning of Sanga Choeling is "Island of the Guhyamantra teachings”, where gling means a vihara and "secret Mantra teachings" is a synonym for "Vajrayana Buddhism".The monastery is located on a ridge top above Pelling at a distance of 7km from Pemayangtse Monastery and is accessed by walking the steep hilly track of 4km, which traverses through rich forest cover.Pilgrimage to Sanga Choeling Monastery is undertaken by many Buddhist devotees as part of a religious and heritage circuit encompassing Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse ruins, Khecheopalri Lake, Norbugang Chorten, Dubdi Monastery, Yuksom and Tashiding Monastery.ArchitectureSanga Cheoling Monastery, built in 1697, is also known as the place of secret spells. It has clay statues dating back to the 17th century. The monastery was affected by fire several times and was rebuilt. The Monastery’s location provides very scenic and panoramic view all round.
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Where to stay in Pelling

An established tourist destination, Pelling has plenty of places to stay. A number of hotels lie along the main road that heads across the ridges of the hill station, many offering rooms with extensive views of the nearby mountains. Homestays and guesthouses offer a good way of meeting the local population and enjoying some Sikkimese hospitality, while sprawling resorts dot the outskirts of town in privileged positions overlooking the peaks and valleys.
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  • This is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, and does take some effort as the last 2 kms is uphill and rocky. There was some roadwork going on as there is another gompa being constructed a little ...  more »
  • Sangacholing Monastery location is the best. You can trek from pelling to there. its take 1-2 hour for up and less than 1 hour for come back. After reach Hill top you can have a 360 deg Bird eye view ...  more »
  • Nice walk up from Pelling town, around 1 hour each way. Loved the serenity of this place. Unlucky that it was cloudy and we couldn't enjoy the Kanchendzonga views on the way.  more »
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  • The 4km trek that afternoon around 4, through thick vegetation cover accompanied by a light drizzle, with no other soul in sight is memorable, October 2011. The monastery is one of the oldest in India. You can see a few young lamas around. A quiet place, very serene.
  • The 25-30 minutes walk that you have to undertake from upper Pulling to reach this place is absolutely worthy. The reasons are the picturesque panaromic views of the Himalayan ranges and Pelling town that this place offers. Furthermore, you will also get to explore one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim.
  • Here's a TOP TIP when walking up to this place (and down) there is a short cut on the left of the road that runs up alongside the water pipes, look out for them as you 'ascend'. The Monastery itself is very small and chances are there'll be a few young monks having a kick around in between studies. Great views from up here (weather depending) and it's generally a nice place to sit and chill for a few hours if your that way inclined.
  • Beautiful place, it takes 15 to 20 minutes from upper pelling to reach this place.It is a cremation ground for Buddhist.....
  • Very quiet and interesting place with a great view.