Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, India

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About Rumtek Monastery

Ranka Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located near Gangtok, The capital of Sikkim. This place is also known as Dharmachakra Centre. It is a Buddhist ecclesiastical fortification of learning, lineage, and Sadhana in Sikkim.

It was constructed in the 16th century by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk and then repaired by the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. The Rumtek Monastery architecture is a three-story structure. The monastery has a magnificent main temple. It has a monastic college where the Sixteenth Karmapa's relics are kept. There is also a golden stupa and a stunning Buddha statue at the monastery. The Rumtek Monastery is open to visitors seven days a week. The hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

How to reach Rumtek Monastery

The Rumtek Monastery is located 23 kilometres from Gangtok.

By Air

The nearest airport to Rumtek is Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal. You can drive to Gangtok and then to Rumtek Monastery from there.

By Train

The nearest railway station is Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri (NJP), from whence you can drive to Gangtok. It takes approximately 4-5 hours.

By Road

Sikkim is well-connected by road to all important destinations.

 

Things to do in Rumtek Monastery

1. Witness some of the monks' rituals

This monastery is a site where you can see and learn about the Buddhist religion in action. It's also fun to observe some of the monks' ceremonies, which take place at various times of the day. The ritualists perform traditional music and sing mantras from their sacred books.

2. Sightseeing

The Rumtek monastery is surrounded by hills and provides several sightseeing opportunities for visitors and tourists.

3. Trekking and walking

This place is nestled among gorgeous hills and requires a long hike to reach. The walk is both rejuvenating and a wonderful form of workout.

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