Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery

The picturesque 24 km drive from Gangtok to the impressive Rumtek Monastery takes you through some of the prettiest areas around the town. This lavishly built monastery is said to be a replica of the Tsurphu Monastery of the Kagyupa order, in Tibet. It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, but visitors can imbibe of the tranquil air and beautiful location while soaking in the significant cultural elements, which make it a must-visit. With its beautiful traditional architecture, carved and painted woodwork, magnificent murals and treasures of manuscripts and icons, Rumtek is a splendid example of the Tibetan monastic art in Sikkim. The monastery also offers employment, education and medical help. The old Rumtek Monastery (now entirely renovated), built in the reign of the fourth Chogyal, is a short distance away. Enshrined here is a stone slab marked with the footprint of Guru Padmasambhava.

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