Rabdentse Ruins is one of the famous tourist destination in Sikkim. If you are in to historic sites, you will never want to miss this. This is one of the best place to see visit. The historic palace has the ruins of the palace of 17th century. It is declared as National heritage by Archaeological Survey of India.
Rabdetse is the former capital of Sikkim. The kingdom of Sikkim was ruled from Rabdentse from 1670 to 1814 till it was destroyed by the Gurkha army. The ruins now consists of palace and chortens. The superb view of Kanchendzonga range from Rabdentse is a never is miss experience.
Rabdentse id near to pelling which is a well known tourist destination in Sikkim. To add the extra thrill to the visit, the Pemayangtse Monastry is also not that far from Rabdentse ruins. Few kilometers and you are there.
Rabdentse is the Second capital of Sikkim. It was shifted by Chadok Namgyal from Yuksom in 1670. Chadok Namgyal was the son of Phuntsog Namgyal. Yuksome was the first capital of Sikkim.
Rabdentse is part of the buddhist religious place. It is considered a sacred place by the buddhist community. There are other Monasteries which are considered as the religious places which includes:
- Dubdi Monastery at Yuksom.
- Norbugang Chorten.
- Tashiding Monastery.
- Pemayangtse Monastery.
- Sanga Choeling Monastery.
- Khecheopalri Lake.
The Rabdentse ruins is all that is left in that place. You can see the Chunky wall remains. The location is very beautiful. I mean the king has off couse chosen the best place for him to reside. So the scenic beauty is an add on to the historic importance. It is of few minutes walk away from the main Road. There is an ornamental Gate from where you can enter the premise of the ruins. You will have to take a walk for 15 minutes thought the densely vegetated area. The walk is worth it. Along the path you could find the chestnut trees and other trees covered with moss.
The first man made thing you notice is “Manphogang”. It is a three standing stone where the judgement were announced when the king ruled from here. After few minutes walk you will find “Taphap Chorten” also ruined to some extent. It was the entry point to the palace.
The palace is located on the top where there is a flat area. The palace consisted of two parts. The Northern wing was the residence of the royal family.
There is a white marble slab of 7 ft tall. It is believed to be carried by a single person from the river. And you would not believe that river is like more than 10 kilometer away. Not just away but the path is steep. This place of worship is called as “Risum Gompa”
This is my personal Favourite. There are three Chortens (Stupa like Structure). The Royal family used to offer prayer to the deities and offer incense to the deities.
The Southern wing consisted of a hall. We can see the throne and a big hall. It is believed that common people were to meet king in this very place.
This is visited by most of the tourist who is highly interested in the historic structure and archaelogy. Not to missed by anyone as my opinion. The beauty in the best form.