PEMAYANGTSE MONASTERY - SIKKIM
Pemayangtse is situated in Pelling ( West Sikkim) 140km from Gangtok and commands an impressive view of Mount Khangchendzonga. It was originally a small Lhakhang built by Lhatsun Chempo in 1705. Later during the rule of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal, Jigme Pawo, Lhatsun Chenpo's third reincarnation extended it and rebuilt the structure. It is perched at a height of 2085 m and is the second oldest and perhaps the most important monastery in Sikkim. Pemayantse was special because it was one meant only for ‘ta-sang’ lamas (pure monks). The monastery houses numerous religious idols and other objects of worship, most of which are precious because of their antiquity.