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Pathibhara Devi shrine (3794 m) is a popular pilgrimage destination for trekking. This trek starts from Suketar (2840 m) about 2 hours walk from Phungling Bazaar. Both Hindus and Buddhists worship Pathibhara with equal reverence. Hindus throng the temple during special celebrations, while Buddhists living in the vicinity light lamps at the temple on full moon nights.
The Goddess at Pathibhara is believed to fulfill the long cherished dreams of her devotees, like sons for those without sons, and wealth for the poor. The story of the temple goes back to the time when hundreds of sheep were said to have disappeared from the place where the temple stands today. Legend has it that when the shepherds prayed to get their sheep back, they had a vision of the Devi herself who asked them to sacrifice a few of the sheep to get back their lost ones. It is said that when they did as they were asked by the Devi, the lost sheep were found, and from then onwards started the worship of Pathibhara Devi.
The Pathibhara pilgrimage may take 4 to 5 days and the best time to visit is from March to June and September to November. Pilgrims can also visit monasteries situated in Olangchungola and Lungchung, the waterfall at Sawa and the pond of Timbuk, during autumn and spring every year. The forest ecosystem along the trail offers diversity of wildlife, birds, flowers and butterflies. Most of the Kanchenjunga range can also be seen from here.