Timings : 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : INR 10
The Rumtek Monastery is one of the largest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim, perched on top of a hill 23 km from Gangtok. Originally called as the Dharma Chakra Centre, it belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists who originated in Tibet in the 12th century. Verdant green mountains surround the monastery and thus serves as a visual treat besides being a focal point for spiritual solace. If you climb on top to the Rumtek Monastery, you can have a breathtaking view of the whole Gangtok town situated right opposite the hill. Besides this, the architecture of the striking monastery is one of the finest in the world.
The glorious Rumtek Monastery houses a beautiful shrine temple and a monastery for the monks which were established with the aim of spreading the Buddhist teachings around the world. The sublime structure has a walkway around it on which the monks, pilgrims and visitors perform Kora (a circuit round of the monastery). The splendid Rumtek Monastery has preserved a golden stupa and various other sculptures which belonged to the 16th Karmapa. It also serves as the storehouse for many uniques objects besides storing some of the world's unique religious scriptures. The massive prayer hall inside the stunning monastery is a place worth seeing that is decorated with splendid murals, statues and thangkhas.
Air: Bagdogra, in West Bengal is the nearest Airport, at a distance of 124 km from Gangtok. To cover the civil flights, there is a daily helicopter service available which plies between Bagdogra and Gangtok. From there you can take a bus to Gangtok or hire a taxi.
Rail: Siliguri (114 km) or New Jalpaiguri (NJP/ 125 km) are the railway stations closest to Gangtok. From there, you can take a bus or taxi to Gangtok.
Road: Sikkim is well linked through good roads with Guwahati, Regular bus service is available from Bagdogra, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Calcutta.
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