East Sikkim has two most wonderful monasteries- Ranka and Rumtek Monastery. Both are situated within the distance of 15kms. Ranka Monastery’s distance from Gangtok is about 20kms and is one of the great monasteries in India. This monastery is relatively new and does not have much historical or strategic significance yet it is beautiful and majestic and has been featured in various Bollywood movies.
The monastery follows the Zurmang Kagyud lineage of Buddhism. To get to the monastery one has to walk up the hill. The 2-storey building is comprised of various classrooms where you can spot young monks wearing beautiful red and saffron getting trained. The prayer room has a huge golden statue of Buddha. The abbey is surrounded by forest on all the side and the greenery makes it one of the most picture perfect monasteries. The Jhakri waterfall is a major attraction in Sikkim situated close to the monastery. Adventure lovers can enjoy the fun of paragliding here from a place nearby.