Historical Places in GangtokThere are many historically significant places in Gangtok. These places bear the legacy and historical essence of the erstwhile kingdoms in Sikkim. Kabi Lungchok and Tsuklakhang Palace are two places in Gangtok which are famous for their historical aspects and beauty.
Kabi LungchokLocated around 17 kms towards north of Gangtok at an altitude of 4800 feet, Kabi Lungchok is an ancient historical place in Gangtok. Historically Kabi Lungchok is an important place where the Sikkimese history is said to have initially started in the 13th century. The treaty of brotherhood was signed between the Lepcha chieftain Tekong Tek and the Tibetan chief Khye Bumbsa in Kabi Lungchok. Literally Kabi Lungchok means “stone erected by our blood." There is a memorial stone and place of worship which marks the history of the place. Life-size statues of the Lepcha and Bhutia, who signed the treaty has been erected here.
Kabi Lungchok is located in a dense forest area and is surrounded by immense scenic beauty. Varied flora and fauna, shimmering streams, waterfalls and other historical sites add to the beauty of the spot. Ritual prayers are held every year to commemorate the historic treaty signed here.
Tsuklakhang PalaceAlso called Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel and Monastery, Tsuklakhang Palace is a Buddhist palatial monastery situated at Gangtok. Located in the complex of the royal palace, Tsuklakhang Palace is the imperial Gompa of the erstwhile royal family. The palace served as the venue of weeding and coronations of the royalty. The palace is a two storey monastery used for hoisting the royal celebrations.
Tsuklakhang Palace is the major place of worship as well assembly for the Buddhists. The monastery is lavishly decorated. Interior of the monastery is decorated with murals and altars while the inside corner of the monastery is decorated with wooden sculptures which carry the head of a formidable snow lion. There is an assembly hall in the centre and a large depository of Buddhist scriptures and literature. It contains altars decorated with Bodhisattvas, Buddha, and Tantric deities. The palace celebrates Pang Lhabsol in the honour of Mount Khangchendzonga and Kagyad every year.
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