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Rumtek Monastery

#Monastery in Gangtok

The Rumtek Monastery, located about 24 km from Gangtok, is one of the largest monasteries in Sikkim, and belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists. The Monastery was originally built during the mid 18th Century, but has since been renovated during the 1960s, to be transformed into a marvellous fusion of ancient and modern Tibetan Buddhist architecture.

The monastery holds historical importance too, as it holds some of the most unique pieces of Buddhist art, in the form of wall murals, silk paintings, statues, and thankas (which are scrolls with intricate hand-paintings), a pure-gold statue of the 16th Karmapa, and a bejeweled crown, dating back to the 15th Century. There is also an aviary nearby, housing some of the most beautiful birds of the region. For the Buddhist enthusiasts who wish to stay, there are some very fine guest houses and hotels for travellers to stay in.

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Sikkim, India
Best time to visit Gangtok: 
Ticket / Cost / Expenses
Time people usually spend here:
2.5 hours
Altitude / Height:
5171 feet
Latitude / Longitude:
27.2886762°N, 88.5612442°E
Distance from Gangtok city center to Rumtek Monastery
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Read traveller's reviews about Rumtek Monastery..

Overall Rating:4.5

  '5' out of 5
"Rumtek is situated in a beautiful land surrounded by himalayala's. The place is serene, naturally rich. The roads are good and clean. Rumtek is very well maintained temple. Ambiance was great, absolute silence all around the monastery. You may discover yourself as there is no distraction. Best place if anyone wants to do meditation. Take your identity card with you as you are required to show it at the entrance"
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"Rumtek Buddhist Monastery.....Educational Institute for higher Buddha Teaching.......Golden Stupa......are the few very interesting features in this holy place"
  '5' out of 5
"Green environment with cool ambient. Buddha Statue is a good place to take pics. Overall clean,green and natural place."
  '5' out of 5
"Worth visiting monestry. Buddhist school also in same premises. "
  '5' out of 5
"Beautiful and Serene place"

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