Visit Rumtek Monastery
Located at a distance of 24 kms from Gangtok, the Rumtek Monastery is a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monastery.
Located at a distance of 24 kms from Gangtok, the Rumtek Monastery is a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monastery. It was built in 16th Century by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk and was renovated later on by the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. It embodies the vision and aspiration of 16th Century Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. It was built to establish his seat in exile and to help spread teachings of Buddha throughout the world.
The monastery is also known as Dharma Chakra Centre and is surrounded by green, calm and serene hills. It is one of the most revered monasteries of India after those in Dharamshala and Tawang. Monks cluster around the courtyard of the Rumtek Monastery. The Sanctum Sanctorum situated inside it displays the Golden Stupa along with pictures and statues of Lord Buddha.
One can notice pictures of Dalai Lama and Lord Ganesha at the entrance of the Rumtek Monastery. These are placed to symbolize linkage between Buddhism and Hinduism. Buddhist school and Nunnery are placed along the monastery wherein religion and culture is preached and taught. The gates of the monastery are manned by soldiers monitoring arrivals because of some strife difference between sects.
Open: Every day
Visiting Hours: 0900 Hours to 1800 Hours
Timing10 am to 5 pm during winter and 8 am to 5 pm during summer
PREFFERED BYNirvana Seekers,Experience Seekers,Photo Fanatics,Nature Lovers
TIME SPENT1 to 2 hours
ENTRY FEERs 10 per person
Best SeasonOctober - March, March - June
LANGUAGESNepali, Sikkimese, Bhutia, Lepcha, Hindi, English, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Sherpa, Tamang and Sunwar