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The forgotten royal capital of Sikkim- Rabdentse

Rabdentse Ruins is the rarely visited archeological site that tells Sikkim’s glorious tale

Gangtok, (Sikkim), May 11 (UITV): Rabdentse Ruins is the rarely visited archeological site that tells Sikkim’s glorious tale. Until 1814 A.D, it was the second capital of Sikkim, established by the Chogyal II. Later on, after the Nepalese invasion in the 18th century, the palace and the monastery complex was destroyed that turned into ruins. The place is an important destination for the history-enthusiasts who want to dig into the state’s past and get fascinated in between the splendid view of Kanchenjunga peak and the gushing river flowing through the foothills. The ruins of Rabdentse Palace are at a walking distance from the Pemayangtse Monastery through the dense forest on the way to Pelling. As one enters the gate, the chestnut trees welcomes the visitors by dropping mosses on them and leads to the stone throne comprising of three standing stones known as ‘Namphogang’ where the judges used to pronounce the final judgement. Walking a little further, one will see ‘Taphap Chorten’ which was the entrance of the palace, while the ruins are at the centre of the fourth courtyard which provides the spectacular view of the southwestern region of Sikkim. Alongside this is ‘Dab Lhagang’ where the royal family used to prayer to their deities. Near to this, a white marble slab can be seen which was once the location of the monastery known as “Risum Gompa".

Activities to Do and See
Pemayangtse Monastery lie just a short walk from the Rabdentse Ruins, which can be visited after surfing through the royal history of Sikkim. On the way, while passing through the lush green forest, the bird watchers can thrill themselves by spotting some of the rare Himalayan birds. Singshore Bridge is another preferred place to see near to the ruins. The Khecheopalri Lake sprawled amidst the sacred Khecheopalri Hill is just 26 km away from here, which one can visit to get enlightened spiritually. Another nearest and refreshing destination is the beautiful Kanchenjunga Waterfalls, about 38 min (16 km) drive away from here.

Rabdentse Ruins Pelling, Sikkim

The ruins of Rabdentse Palace lies in West Sikkim, which can be reached by trekking down 2 kilometers from the Pemayangtse Monastery on the way to Pelling. Pelling is 125 Km from Gangtok. One can hire a taxi or hire a shared jeep from Pelling to Pemayangtse Monastery and other popular tourist destinations around it.

Best Time To Visit
During the summer season from March to May, the weather is exceptionally pleasant and the temperature ranges between 7°C to 28°C, which is quite bearable to move around and explore the place. Besides, the travelling destinations, traditional sikkimese food will get the tourists to lick their fingers.