Rinchenpong, West Sikkim , India

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Rinchenpong is the newest adding to the tourist map of Sikkim. Situated in West Sikkim it presents a fascinating blend of nature and history. Rinchenpong not simply offers grand views of Kanchenjunga and its sister peaks but as well quarters an ancient monastery that contains a rare idol of Buddha. 

The Rinchenpong Monastery which houses the rare idol of Ati Buddha in Yub – yum position was erected in 1717. But the confirmation history of Rinchenpong just dates back to 1860, when the British attacked Sikkim. They reached up to Rinchenpong when Lapchas , the original inhabitants of Sikkim poisoned the water of the pond, the lone source of water in Rinchenpong. In the procedure killing more or less half of the British troops and forcing them to move back. The pond came to be recognized as Poison Pokhri and can be seen to this day. In 1924 renowned Russian explorer and painter Nicholas Roerich painted the splendid views of Kanchenjunga from Rinchenpong, making the world aware of the incredible magnificence of this unidentified place.

when / best time / season to visit : Except the monsoon, Rinchenpong is enjoyable throughout the year.

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