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Sangachoeling Monastery, West Sikkim Overview

Located at the top of a ridge in the town of Pelling, Sikkim, Sangachoeling Monastery was established in the 17th century by Lama Gyalwa Lhatsun Chempo. The literal meaning of the word Sanga Choeling is ‘Idea of Guhya Mantra Teachings’ that relates to the faith of Buddhism. Also spelt as Sange Choeling Monastery, this is one of the oldest monasteries in Northeastern Sikkim. In order to reach this place, one has to walk for at least 40 minutes through the forest on a steep hill slope but the end result is absolutely worth it.

Stepping inside the Sangachoeling Monastery, you notice various ancient wall paintings, statues, unique clay structures and scriptures that date back to the 17th century. They are extremely beautiful and are well- preserved. From Sangachoeling Monastery one also gets an opportunity to witness a spectacular view of the snow clad mountains and lush greenery around it, providing a feeling of calmness. The fact that the building was restored to its former beauty after catching fire has become the major highlight of the monastery. Due to this reason, people come from nook and corner of the world visit the prestigious Sangachoeling Monastery building to have a close look at the ancient artefacts.

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Architecture of Sangachoeling Monastery

The Sange Choeling Monastery is known as the place for sacred spells. It is built in a traditional Tibetan style of architecture and houses a sacred Buddhist crematorium named Dhutoe Silwar Tshar which is around 300 years old. The crematorium has become public only recently. All the artefacts, statues, paintings and other relics present in the monastery date back to the 17th century.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Sangachoeling monastery is from March to June since the weather is pleasant in Sikkim during that time and is comparatively warm.

How to Reach Sange Choeling Monastery

In order to reach the monastery, one has to walk for half an hour by trekking via Rani Dhunga Jungle Trek Path, that can be reached by a shared jeep or taxi from Pelling. From there, the route to the Sangachoeling monastery is 3 km long.

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