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Timings : 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee

Tsuk La Khang Monastery, Gangtok Overview

Situated in the complex of the Tsuklakhang Royal Palace, Tsuk La Khang Monastery is the palatial monastery of the former royal family of Sikkim. Built in the year 1898 AD under the rule of Thutob Namgyal who was the 9th King, Tsuk La Khang is the prime place of worship for the local Buddhists residing in the region. This beautiful two-storied structure with mural covered interiors also comprises of an extensive collection of scriptures, is decorated with altars and images of Lord Buddha, and tantric deities. This monastery was earlier used as a site where marriages and coronations of the Sikkim royalty took place. Wooden sculptures crafted in the form of a Snow Lion's head are present on every corner.

On entering the monastery, you will come across the beautiful walls which are decorated with murals and altars carved with the images of deities. Not only this, there are several festivals which are held throughout the year including Phang Lhabsol and Losoong. Chaam, which is a very famous mask dance, is performed by the monks of the monastery during these festivals. When the New Year is celebrated, the Black Hat Dance is performed as well which showcases the victory of good forces over the evil ones. The tranquil Tsuklakhang Monastery remains open for the tourists during Losar which is a very famous dance festival. Combined with the spiritual and serene environment, the incredible natural beauty surrounding the Tsuk La Khang makes it a must-visit place in Gangtok.

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Best Time To Visit Tsuk La Khang Monastery

February is the ideal time to visit the regal monastery as during this time of the year the dance festival takes place. The climate also remains pleasant from October to March and is worth enjoying.

How To Reach Tsuk La Khang Monastery

Tsuk La Khang Monastery is situated at a distance of 3 km from the Gangtok SNT Bus Station. You can hire a cab from here to reach the monastery. Alternatively, you can also enquire and hop on a bus going in the direction of Tsuk La Khang.

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