Phensang Monastery


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Distance (From Gangtok SNT Bus Station): 27 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins - 1 Hr

Place Location: Near Seven Sisters Waterfalls

Transportation Options: Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 4 km from Seven Sisters Waterfalls and 27 km from Gangtok, Phensang Monastery is a Buddhist monastery situated on the gentle slope stretching from Kabi to Phodong near Gangtok, Sikkim. Blessed with best landscapes in the region, Phensang Monastery is one of the best monasteries in Sikkim and among the famous places to visit in Gangtok.

Phensang Monastery was built in 1721 CE during the reign of Jigme Pawo. Unfortunately, in 1947 the monastery was completely gutted by a devastating fire and was rebuilt in 1948. Again in 1983, the structure was damaged due to heavy rain, but with the help of government aid and involvement, the monastery was rebuilt again. Currently, around 300 lamas of the Nyingmapa Buddhist order reside in Phensang Monastery.

The monastery hosts an annual event on the 28th & 29th days of the 10th month of the Tibetan Calendar, which normally corresponds to the month of December. At this juncture of the year, 'Chaam' (Mask dance) is performed by the monks in the monastery complex. People from all parts of the state come to view this fascinating dance of lamas.

Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM