Sikkim, 11th November: India’s first glass skywalk is located in Sikkim Pelling and situated right opposite to the 137-feet statue of Chenrezig. The internet is filled with videos of people freaking out while walking over glass bridges at various places outside the country. But now you don’t need a visa to experience the same.
Nestled between the magnificent Himalayas, the glass skywalk provides a beautiful view of the Buddhist pilgrimage site. The entire complex is located at a height of 7,200 feet above sea level.
The glass skywalk adds to the allure of the scenic religious site which is a popular tourist location. Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara, as per locals, is the earthly incarnation of Lord Buddha, Amitabha. The statue at the Choeling area in Pelling has been constructed at Rs 46.65 crore.
The walk was inaugurated in 2018, the pilgrim site houses the world’s tallest Chenrezig statue along with and the accompanying glass skywalk, a cafe, and a gallery.
The skywalk was built to give tourists and pilgrims a panoramic view of the Chenrezig statue, the stairs leading up to it, and the golden prayer wheels. This is not for the weak-hearted as it allows visitors to look thousands of feet below the glass skywalk in Sikkim.
The project was funded and constructed under the supervision of the Sikkim’s Department of Culture and the Department of Housing Buildings and Housing.