Best time to visitBest to visit during the winters
Open hoursOpened throughout the year
Things to dostroll from the sanctuary to the remnants
Best MonthsAll year
Rank4 out of 9 attractions in Pelling
Around 3 kms from Pelling and couple of minutes walk further down from Pemayangtse Monastery are the Rabdentse ruins the second capital of Sikkim, established in the year 1670. The spot has stunning perspectives inundated with history all around. All around secured remains with clear signs of the rooms and other areas. These remnants are accessed by a short wooden walk which is extremely wonderful. The stroll from the sanctuary to the remnants will simply make your day. But these remnants have a story to tell. Its a half kilometer stroll from the main street perhaps a little more. In any case, once there, your effort is justified. Everywhere in this place you will see what remains. Not a large territory to cover so it's manageable by walking and on the off chance that you stroll up here from Pelling, you may have a decent half day trip. This spot is genuine amazement, regardless of the possibility that somebody is not excited to watch historical ruins, he can still visit for stunning perspectives.
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Reviews of Rabdentse Ruins • 6
Came back along the same road and journeyed towards Rabdentse Ruins; it was previously the capital of Sikkim.
Rabdentse ruins is one of those Indian historical places that even Indians don't know about. Placed towards the south east of one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, the ruins of the Rabdentse Palace is one of the main attractions in Sikkim. Founded in 1670 by Tensung Namgya, the 2nd Chogyal (king) of Sikkim, Rabdentse 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. Thick forests with a pond surround the palace ruins. A 2 km trek from the monastery brings you to these ruins. Entry fee: Free for allOpening hours: 8am to 5pmBest time to visit: March – MayNearest railway station: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station, around 132km from Pemayangtse Monastery. You can hire a taxi from the station itself.
6) Rabdentse RuinsIt is just located near the Monastery. It was the ancient Capital of Sikkim . You have to do a small trek around 2 kms to reach in this palace. Very excellent place to visit. Your trek will surely worth it.
Rabdenste Ruins: Located close to the Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse was the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814. The capital city was destroyed by the invading Gurkha army and only the ruins of the palace and the chortens are seen here now. Perched atop a ridge above upper Pelling the ruins primarily consist of “chunky wall stubs” whose heritage value is accentuated by its location. This former capital offers commanding views of the Kanchenjunga massif on one side and the mountains and valleys on the other side are visible. This monument has been declared as of national importance by the Archaeological Survey of Indi":
After having my breakfast I started my days exploration. My first destination was Rabdentse ruins. It was at a distance of about 6-7 km from my hotel. I decided to trek to it. I packed my daypack with snacks, chocolates, water and raincoat. I managed to get a local map from there and continued to ruins following my map. After a 30 min trek I reached the entrance of the ruins. There was no ticket collection centre nor boards. The place was deserted and scary. The entrance was well inside a forest. After walking few steps I met few people working there. I enquired with them the road to ruins and they showed me a lonely path leads to ruins. They told its approx 1km from here. After trekking few 100 metres I was in doubt whether am following the right path. Because there was no humans around nor any clearings or footprints. It looked like the path was not used for months fully covered with dry leaves. Now I was all alone well inside a dense forest. I was not having even a knife. After a 30 min trek finally I reached the entrance. The view was splendid. I was alone in the whole ancient capital of Sikkim. I spend almost an hour and half there exploring each and every corner.