Pema Yoko in Sikkim

The last Chogyal of Sikkim Palden Thondup Namgyal

The history of Sikkim begins with the lepchas. Eventually there was the establishment of a Tibetan kingdom, Chogyal in the 17th century [wikipedia]. From 1642 to 1975, Sikkim was ruled by the Namgyal Monarchy known as the Chogyal Monarchy, founded by the fifth-generation descendants of Guru Tashi, a prince of the Minyak House who came to Sikkim from Kham, eastern Tibet. Cool, nah?!

During my visit i was lucky enough to get a special tour by the head researcher of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. There I was able to view some of the most amazing photographs of the past Chogyals, get to know Buddhism a bit more as well as our traditional way of life back in Tibet.

So today i would just like to introduce to you Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and other reasons to visit Sikkim. ENJOY!

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