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The sunrise on Mt Narsing

ABOUT US

 Mt Narsing The Village Resort was established in 1998 by a family of local tourism entrepreneurs with prior experience of almost a decade in the tourism sector as Yuksom Tours & Treks. Club 8000 The Brang Mountain Resort was started in 2009 as an option for a more nature and culture based environment.

 

Mt. Narsing The Village Resort is located 3 km away from Rabong (6400 ft) on the Gangtok - Pelling / Pemayangtse highway. Situated amidst quaint villages with a splendid view of the Rangit valley and towering mountains, all rooms in the resort are in cottages built in traditional architecture. An ideal place to experience the peace and tranquility of the Sikkimese countryside coupled with the warmth of traditional Sikkimese hospitality.

 

Club 8000 The Brang Mountain Resort (alt. 7000 ft) is located amidst a 12 acre farm with cardamom plantations and farmlands in the upper reaches of Borong village in South Sikkim.  Borong is 45 mins drive from Rabong past Ralang monastery. The resort has rooms in cottages with well-built modern amenities and scenic views of the lush valley dotted with villages and snowcapped peaks.

 

Our resorts are staffed with a dedicated team of locals to provide service for a comfortable and enjoyable stay with us. We have recently revamped our infrastructure and management and look forward to hosting you.

 

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Around Rabong-Borong

 

The Tathagatha Tsal

The Tathgatha Tsal or The Buddha Park, as it is known locally in Rabong, is a 20 acre landscaped area located 1 km above Rabong town. The centre has a 100+ ft statue of Sakyamuni Buddha as a centre piece and the Manechokerling monastery built in the traditional auspicious "Rinchen Surgay" or eight sided architecture and a domed meditation centre. The entire area is well landscaped with a great view of the snowy peaks and the Rangeet valley and villages of West Sikkim across the valley.

 

Ralang Monasteries

Situated 13 kms away against the spectacular backdrop of the peaks of Narsing, Jopuno and Kabur are the two monasteries at Ralang.

 

The old Ralang monastery, Karma Rabten Choeling, was built in 1730 on a site blessed by an earlier incarnation of Karmapa where the grains of rice thrown by him from Tibet had landed. The monastery is one of the most sacred and important monasteries following the Kagyupa tradition. " Pang Lhabsol " the worship of Mt Khangchendzonga & " Kagyad " Chaam masked dances are held every year on the 15th day of the seventh month of the Buddhist calendar coinciding with August/September and on the 29th day of the tenth month just before Losoong - the Sikkimese New Year in December.

 

The New Ralang monastery, Palchen Choeling Monastic Institute, was built by the XIIth Gyaltsab Rimpoche, one of the four regents of the Kagyupa sect and completed in 1995. This is the biggest monastery in Sikkim and its architecture and paintings have been painstakingly undertaken to maintain the authenticity of the Kagyupa monasteries. The sacred Mahakala Dance is held here every year in November.

 

Bon Monastery

Kungdraling monastery at Kewzing is the only monastery in Sikkim dedicated to the "Bon" faith, the religious practice prevailing in Tibet before the advent Buddhism. The present day Buddhism has imbibed a lot of traditions, rituals and practice from this faith, though for a layman it is impossible to segregate this monastery from the ones following any other tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

Tibetan Carpet Centre

Located in the Tibetan settlement above Ravangla town, the Tibetan women weave out intricate Buddhist designs on carpets. An initiative of the Tibetan government–in-exile to preserve the traditional handloom skills besides providing employment to the settlement inhabitants.

 

Sharchok Phephu

“The cave in the East” is one of the four holy caves attributed to Guru Padmasambhava’s. Located 8 km from Mt Narsing Village Resort, the cave is the biggest of the four and is said to extend to Tendong hill.

 

Temi tea garden

The only tea garden in Temi was established by the Government of Sikkim in the 1960’s. A rare blend of liquor and flavour, Temi tea is sought after in the international and local markets. A visit to Temi provides an opportunity to observe the plucking and processing of one of the finest tea leaves in the world.

 

Biodiversity Park, Damthang

Established by the Forest Department of the Government of Sikkim, the park is located  14 kms away. The park is a home to a host of flora, plants & trees of the area.

 

Guru Rimpoche Statue, Samdruptse

Located 30 kms from Mt Narsing The Village Resort is Samdruptse, the site of the 113 ft tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim and the Buddhist scholar who restored Buddhism in Tibet in the 7th century AD. Reputed to be the highest statue of Guru Rimpoche in the world, the location also offers a breathtaking view of the Sikkim Himalayas and the Darjeeling hills.

 

Siddheswari Dhaam

A recently completed complex, Siddheswari Dhaam is a tribute to the rich Hindu religion and culture and has replicas of the four “dhaams“ or sacred temples of India, in one place. The complex has a huge statue of Lord Shiva as a centre-piece within a large landscaped area.

 

Pemayangtse Monastery

Located a couple of kilometers before Pelling (48 kms) is the Pemayangtse monastery. Built in the 18th century AD, this monastery follows the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Pemayangtse  or "the Sublime Lotus", also houses the famed "Zangdopalri", a fascinating model of the celestial abode of Guru Padma Sambhava, crafted single-handedly out of wood by the late Dungzim Rimpoche.

 

Rabdentse

Close to the Pemayangtse monastery and a 20 minutes walk  takes us to the Rabdentse Palace ruins. The site of the second capital of Sikkim is strategically located on a ridge with a commanding view of the Rangeet valley and the villages, scattered in West and South Sikkim. The recent restoration of the site lends itself to be a beautiful place to experience the history of Sikkim commanding great views.

 

Khecheodpalri Lake

Khecheodpalri lake, also known as the wishing lake (72 km), is situated in the midst of a dense forest.  Considered to be a very sacred space, no water sport or other activities besides prayers and worship are allowed around it.

 

Khangchendzonga falls

Located on the way to Yuksom from Khecheodpalri Lake, this huge water fall roaring through a gorge is a spectacle to behold.

 

You can visit Pemayangtse monastery, Rabdentse, Khecheodpalri lake, Khangchendzongna falls along with Pelling in a whole day sightseeing from Mt Narsing The Village Resort.

 

Yuksom

A quaint little village, Yuksom (55 kms) is also the take off point for trekking to Dzongri and Goecha-la. This is also the place where the three Lamas met and consecrated the first king of Sikkim in 1641. The Norbugang chorten and the Coronation throne stand mute testimony to this historic event.

 

Tashiding Monastery

The Tashiding Monastery is reached after a 45 minutes walk from the roadside market, 35 kms from Mt Narsing The Village Resort. Tashiding literally meaning the "Central Elevated Glory", is the most sacred monastery complex in Sikkim and was described by Guru Rimpoche as the heart of "Beyul Demazong". Built in 1716 AD the complex is also the location of the "Thongwa Rongdol" Chorten. Just a sight of this sacred Stupa is said to wash away one’s sins.

 

 

The Buddha Statue at the Tathagatha Tsal

A full view of the Tathagatha Tsal

The Manechokerling Monastery or the Rabong Monastery

The Karma Rabten Choeling, the old Ralang Monastery

The Palchen Choeling Monastic Institute, the new Ralang Monastery

The Temi tea gardens

The Guru Rimpoche Statue at Samdruptse

The Siddheswari Dhaam

The Pemayangtse Monastry

A view of  Rabdentse Palace ruins

The Khecheodpalri Lake

The Tashiding Monastry

Hikes & Treks

 

Maenam

For the more adventurous the trek to Maenam hill is interesting with the trail going through thick oak, Magnolia and Rhododendron forest of the Maenam Wildlife sanctuary. This 4 hour trek  from near The Tathagatha Tsal is also a delight for birdwatchers, ornithologists and naturalists. The view from Charokdongchen or Bhaley dunga or “Rooster’s spur” , is a fascinating panorama of the Sikkim Himalayas.

 

Tendong

The trek starts from Damthang, a small town 30 minutes drive from Mt Narsing resort, and winds uphill through a thick forest of Rhododendrons, Oaks, Magnolia and take about 3 hours to reach the peak (8,500 ft). Tendong, once a volcano but extinct for ages, is worshipped by the Lepchas as the saviour during the great flood of Lepcha mythology. The plateau-like top offers a 360 degree view of Sikkim and the plains of North Bengal.

 

Doling – Kewzing village hike

A short walk from the resort is the Doling monastery located amidst a thick cardamom plantation. This monastery follows the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. Onwards to Kewzing you pass through Bakhim, a predominantly Sherpa village and through lush forested cardamom plantations which are rich in flora and ideal for bird watching.

 

Note: All distances and journey times are one way from Mt Narsing The Village Resort.

 

 

Trekking through the forests

On the way to Maenam hill

Sunrise from the Mainam hill

An Early morning view from Maenam hill

On  the top of the Maenam hill

14th Mile, Barfung

P.O. Rabong 737139

South Sikkim

 

 

Devithen, Upper Borong

P.O. Borong 737139

(via Rabong) South Sikkim

CONTACT US

for reservations (Working hours - 9am to 7pm)

Telephone: +91 8145 8416 14 (Pema C Takapa)

E-mail: mtnarsing@gmail.com

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