The Pemayangtse Monastery

Located at a high altitude of 6840 feet above the sea level is the cloud grazing Buddhist heritage namely the Pemayangtse Monastery. The temple is a perfect conglomeration of Buddhist scriptures, antiques, sculptures and various other artworks that will make you go awe in amazement.

The premier monastery was planned, designed and founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705. Erstwhile construction was corresponding to a small, but the monastery underwent reconstruction and re-engineering during the rule of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal king.

The three-storied monastery is most visited during the Cham dance Festival, reflects as the epitome of beauty and elegance with fireworks during this time of the year. There are a total of 108 monks in the monastery, recognized by the types of red hat they wear. Although the monastery has been destroyed many times during earthquakes but has undergone refurbishments from time to time.


The place is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day.

Entry Fee

There is no entry fee charged to visit the monastery.

How to Reach

The nearest railway station to the city is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station situated at a distance of 171 km and takes around 5 hours and 39 minutes to reach the lake. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri.

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