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Rabdentse Palace Sikkim

Placed towards the southeast of the very popular Pemayangtse Monastery, the ruins of the Rabdentse Palace are one of the main attractions in Sikkim. Founded in 1670 by Tensung Namgyal, the 2nd Chogyal (king) of Sikkim, Rabdentse ruins was the second capital of Sikkim after Yuksom and remained so till 1814 A.D. The palace cum monastery complex is almost in ruins and is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. A thick forest with a pond surrounds the palace ruins. A 2 km trek from the monastery brings you to these ruins.

The old palace and monastery complex are in ruins, and now the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is maintaining and undertaking restoration works. Rabdentse ruins in Pelling still hold that charm that attract tourist from all over the world. The place is surrounded by dense forest with a water pond. When you get to the top of the ruins, savor a panoramic view of the valley, the Kanchenjunga peak, and the whole southwestern region of West Sikkim.

As you walk through the chestnut trees, you can spot a stone throne with three standing stones named Namphogang by the judge who used to give final judgments in the flourishing days. Make sure to check out Taphap Chorten, another structure here. On passing the fourth and the last courtyard wall, you can see the palace ruins in focus. Dab Lhagang, placed along with the place, is where the royal family members used to pray to their deities. The palace's decorated entry gate is yellow and near Pelling-Geyshing Road.

The Sikkim palace and the city were virtually entirely devastated by the Nepalese Army, only leaving the chortens and palace ruins. However, the Archeological Society of India has done excavation in recent times. It has restored the guard's rooms, the kitchen, the hall, the public courtyard, the assembly, and the king's bedroom. During your Pelling tour, you can visit this attraction and learn about the region's rich cultural heritage. Contact us for more information and to book a tour with us!

  • Location: West Sikkim (near Pemayangtse Monastery)
  • Highlights: Splendid Palace Ruins
  • How to reach: 2 km trek away from Pemayangtse Monastery

Apart from this, Rabdentse Palace in Pelling has many tourist attractions you can visit while enjoying your sightseeing tour. These attractions mix natural beauty, cultural insight, and thrilling activities. On top of that, you can cover all these things by choosing our well-designed Pelling Tour package. We provide a customization option so you can make changes to your tour as you like. 


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