SIKKIM SACRED CAVES
Sikkim is a former kingdom, ruled by Kings until 1975 and today is today opening up its treasures, sacred places and hidden power places. There are several caves among the mountains on this tour – we will visit at least 3 sacred caves (4 if we are lucky) and experience the power the beautiful Kanchenjunga- the third highest mountain in the world.
These caves have been blessed as sacred sanctums for worship and pilgrimage. Its been an actual traditional abode of Guru Rimpoche or Guru Padmasambhava and Lhatsun Chen- po.
It is said that during the 8th Century AD, a Tibetan King was told by Guru Padmasambhava that Tibet’s sovereignty would be subjugated in the near future, rendering the practitioners of Buddhist faith to become severely pressured. Hearing this warning, the worried King re- quested Guru Padmasambhava to leave the country and search for a secure place for the practitioners. Guru Padmasambhava thus left Tibet and after crossing the Himalayas reached the kingdom of Sikkim.
Walking along the mountainous retreat, his search brought him to a cave which was believed to be haunted by spirits. Upon entering the cave and meditating, Guru Rinpoche succeeded in subduing these spirits. He then requested them to protect the caves but not to bring any harm to those who came there to pray and meditate. This cave later came to be known as Shar- chok Bé Phug.
After this Guru Padmasambhava persevered his search to the other caves, namely, Lho Khandro- Sang Phug, Nub-Dechén Phug and Byang Lhari- rinchen-nying Phug. Like in the first cave, here too he overcame the haunting spirits and sanctified the caves as holy places for worship for the practitioners of Buddhist faith.
Blessed by the revered Guru Padmasambhava and preserved by the spirits, the caves of Sikkim are regarded as very special from the religious point of view. They are deemed as a sacred refuge for offering homage and pilgrimage.
In the frame of our vision every our program is designed to enhance the inner strength, the power qualities we want you to uncover within yourself … Among other programs this one is just like a flow directed to go from one power spot to another, going deeper and higher with your potential. We will make sure your physical flows of energy is unlocked and you are ready to meet with your true self, embrace it and aspire to never get separated.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
Khecheopalri Lake is also known as the wishing lake or Holy Lake. This tranquil lake is surrounded by forest and is believed that birds do not permit even a single leaf to float on the lake surface.
Drakkar Tashiding – the most sacred place in Sikkim, the monastery was established in the 14th century by the tertön Rigdzin Gödem (1337-1408). Behind the temple is a stupa clus- ter. It was in Tashiding that the cremation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö was per- formed and that a stupa was built by his own disciples, including Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, to house his relics. It was later gold-leafed by Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche in the 1990s.
Yuksam, literally meaning the ‘meeting place of three lamas’ is of great historical impor- tance to the Sikkimese. It was here that the first Chogyal was crowned in 1642. The throne made of stones is even today considered sacred as is the footprint of Lhatsun Chenpo, which can be seen close to the throne.
- Arrival Siliguri – Transfer Darjeeling, handover passports for permits.
2. Exploring Darjeeling
3. Darjeeling – Lho Khandro-Sang Phug cave – Tashiding
4. Enjoying in Tashiding
5. Tashiding – drive to Labdang
6. Trek to Byang Lhari-rinchen-nying Phug cave (app.2900m)
7. Trek to Labdang – Tashiding
8. Tashiding – Khecheopalri Lake – Yuksam
9. Enjoying in Yuksam
10. Yuksam – drive to Ravangla
11. Pilgrimage to Shar-chok Bé Phug cave
12. Drive to Kalimpong
13. Drive to Siliguri
Fly back home
Natalia Sander, born 1974 in Russia, Translator & Tour guide, Journalist. Since 2006 she is living in Asia......Read more
INCLUDED: Private transport; Local and English speaking guides; Road permits; Accommodations; National parks fees
EXCLUDED: All meals and personal expanses; Flights; Visa fees; Additional expenses which may arise due to circumstances beyond control of RMT such as flight cancellations or delays, landslides, strikes etc;
We will not be responsible for extra cost incurred by landslides, road blockages, and other weather-related or political problems.
You are responsible for your own health. Our arrangements are designed to allow sufficient time for acclimatization.
Accommodation will occasionally be in shared rooms (small dormitories). We assume you are prepared to share rooms/tents with others, regardless of gender.
VISA AND PASSPORT INFORMATION
Please get an Indian tourist visa issued in your country. Or check if you can get an Indian E-visa upon arrival
WHY I SHOULD CHOOSE THIS TRIP
- 1. Do we need a special permission to travel to SikkimMore
Yes, your guide will take care of it 🙂
- 2. Will we visit any buddhist Lama on the tour?More
Yes, by the request of the group or individual we can visit couple of high realized Tibetan Buddhist Lamas, that can give a blessing or most likely even answer some of your spiritual questions
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