View the panoramic view of mighty Kangchendzongna and the Himalayan peak from Pedong

View the panoramic view of mighty Kangchendzongna and the Himalayan peak from Pedong

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-08-04

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Pedong is a village in the East of Kalimpong and it is almost 20 kilometres away from Kalimpong town on the way to Lave at an altitude of almost 1240 meters. Pedong is one of the popular tourist destinations of West Bengal and a number of tourists visit this place for its various heritage sites, religious and historical significance, one can see the panoramic view of mighty Kangchendzongna and the Himalayan peak on the other side from Pedong and it also lies on the historic silk road via Jelepla pass which connects India to Lhasa. For the visitors, a number of budget and standard accommodation options are also available in Pedong. There is a ruin of Damsang Gadi near Pedong and it is the only ruins in the district of Darjeeling and historically the Damsang Gadi was built in the year of 1690 AD by the Lepchas who are the real natives of this place. The Damsang Gadi is the seat of Great King Gyabo Achuk but later it was used to ward off the British East India Company during the Anglo Bhutanese war. This place has become an important pilgrimage for the Bhutanese and other followers of the Drukpa Khargu tradition of Buddhism. Another old monastery Sangchen Dorjee Monastery of Pedong was established in the year of 1700 AD and it was built during the Bhutanese rule. Another most highlighted place of the town is Cross Hill and it was placed by the priest Fr. Augustine Desgodins on the way to Tibet in the year of 1882 AD. During the Tibet mission, a lot of Evangelists lost their lives and some never came back from Tibet and the cross was placed at the vantage point facing Tibet directly by Fr.Augustine Desgodins with a hope that someday the evangelists may return and hence the local Christians considered the place to have miraculous powers and it is one of the pilgrimage sites for the local people of Pedong. The view from the Cross Hill is really beautiful and the place offers a perfect sunset point along with a glimpse of Tibet.


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