Rinchenpong is a municipality in West Sikkim, India. It is located in West Sikkim, approximately 40 km west of ‘Gangtok’, 10 km due south of Gyalshing, near the village of Kaluk. It sit at an height of 5576 feet on top of sea level amidst a seriously forested area. It is popular for the trekking routes and Rigsum Monastery.
Close to the town is the site of a chronological battle between the invading British forces and the forces of the then Chogyal of Sikkim. The Lepcha tribesmen used a mixture of unidentified herbs to fatal the only water source, a lake. As a result more than half of the British forces were wipe out which stopped up the British invasion,, resulted in an accord. The lake leftovers disillusioned even to this day and is recognized as bikh-pokhri locally.
Best Places to visit in Rinchenpong
- Pemayangtse Monastery
- Tashiding Monastery
- Sanga Choeling Monastery
- Kirateshwar Mahadev Mandir
- Rabdentse Ruins
- Rinchenpong Monastery
- Statue of TeyongsiSirijunga Sin Thebe
The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Pemayangtse, close to Pelling in the north-east Indian state of Sikkim, situated 140 kmss (87 mi) west of Gangtok. Planned, designed and founded by “Lama Lhatsun Chempo” in 1705, it is one of the premier and oldest monasteries of Sikkim, also the most popular in west Sikkim. Originally built by “Lhatsun Chenpo” in the 17th century as a small Lhakhang, it was afterward distended during the time in power of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal who was consider as Lhatsun Chenpo’s third reincarnate, Jigme Pawo. The monastery follow the Nyingma Order of Tibet Buddhism, controls all other monasteries of that Order in Sikkim. The monks of this monastery are usually selected from the Bhutias of Sikkim.
Tashiding Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma faction of Tibetan Buddhism in Western Sikkim, northeastern India. It is situated on pinnacle of the hill increasing stuck between the Rathong chu and the Rangeet River, 40 kms (25 mi) from Gyalshing and 19 kilometres (12 mi) to the south east of Yuksam. Tashiding is the adjacent township to the Tashiding Monastery which is also called Gompa, which is the most blessed and holiest monasteries in Sikkim.
Sanga Choeling Monastery
The Sanga Choeling Monastery also spelt “Sange Choeling Monastery” recognized in the 17th century by ‘Lama Lhatsün Chempo’, is one of the ancient monastery in the north-east Indian state of Sikkim. The truthful 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’.
Kirateshwar Mahadev Mandir
Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple is a Hindu temple, recognized to be a Hindu pilgrimage site which is situated at Legship, West Sikkim in India beside the bank of River Rangeet which has a lot of famous incident of the Mahabharata attached to it. The temple is also called as “Kirateshwar Mahadev Thaan” by the Kirati public or just called as Shiv Mandir.
Best time to visit Rinchenpong
You can visit Rinchenpong any time of the year but the strong Himalayas are best able to be seen during the winter season.
How to reach Rinchenpong
By Air : If you are travelling via air then the adjacent airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal. The journey from Bagdogra or New Jalpiaguri is some 130 kms and takes some 5 hours along the banks of Rangeet and Teesta Rivers.
By Train : If you are coming via train then the closest Railway Station is “New Jalpaiguri” which is located in West Bengal. Pick-ups from the hotels in Rinchenpong are set from New Jalpaiguri for the guests. However, if you want to benefit shared cars of public transport, then you would get them from Siliguri. These cars would take you to Jorethang from where you can take further shared cars or cabs to Rinchenpong.