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10 Best Monasteries in Sikkim Oozing with Tranquility & Serenity

The distinct Buddhist Monasteries in Sikkim not only unwrap incredible architecture for the travelers but exudes tranquil vibes along with the vibrant culture that can’t be witnessed elsewhere in the world. Courtesy, the legacy left behind the missionaries and settlers in Sikkim which has been the prime reason why these Buddhist temples are the highlights of Sikkim pilgrimage tours. Here is the list of 10 Best Monasteries in Sikkim that are totally worth witnessing if you have a penchant for cultural diversity that is served on the platter with the blend of various mystical elements of the North East. Here we go, check out!

With a dense number of whooping 200, we have handpicked the famous monasteries in Sikkim that will leave you awestruck on your trip to this fascinating land tucked beautifully in northeast India. Take a dekko!

1. Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery - Best Monasteries in Sikkim

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the scenic Gangtok, Rumtek Monastery was founded by Wangchuk Dorje who was the 9th Karmapa Lama in the 16th century. Reckoned as the largest monastery of the region, this sprawling Buddhist temple houses brilliantly carved golden stupa, holy shrine, a retreat center, a monastic college, institutions, sculptures belonging to the 16th Karmapa, and a few other establishments that are worth witnessing.

Location: 24km from Gangtok

Best time to Visit: October to mid-December

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra

Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri

2. Ralang Monastery

ralang monastery in sikkim

This biggest monastery of Sikkim comes to life during an annual festival, Pang Lhabsol. Apart from the breathtaking vistas of magnificent and auspicious Mount Kanchenjunga which is worshipped during the festival, one can also witness Chaam masked dances and Mahakala dance which depict the cultural diversity of this beautiful region of India. Apart from symmetrical and eye-catching architecture, Ralang Monastery also puts on display a series of paintings and thangkas that depict the grandeur of Buddhist art. You can also enjoy short tricks and the serenity of hot water springs that are in close proximity to the monastery.

Location: 13 kms from Ravangla

Best time to Visit: April to June & August during the annual festival of Pang Lhabsol

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra

Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri

3. Dubdi Monastery

dubdi monastery sikkim

Perched at an altitude of 2,100 meters, Dubdi aka Yuksom Monastery is considered the oldest monastery in Sikkim which was built during the reign of Chogyal Namgyal in 1701. Named as the Hermit’s Cell, Dubdi is where the first King or Chogyal of Sikkim, Phuntsog Namgyal wore the royal crown. This ancient monastery of the region carries the images of divine Buddhist saints, symbols, and a massive collection of manuscripts and texts. The three lama statues positioned in the monastery worked towards the establishment of Yuksom.

Location: 3 km walk away from Yuksom

Best time to Visit: March to May

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra

Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri

Suggested Read: Top 15 Places To Visit In Sikkim

4. Tashiding Monastery

Tashiding Monastery - Monasteries in Sikkim

One of the oldest and sacred Buddhist temples in Sikkim, Tashiding Monastery is where the holy water used in Bhumchu Festival is kept in a sealed pot. The monastery also houses holy Chhoedten (stupa) making it a sacred place for Buddhist pilgrimage. Belonging to the Nyingmapa sect, this 17th-century monastery is home to around 70 monks who practice spirituality and help in spreading the magic of Buddhism in the world. Apart from brilliant architecture, one can enjoy the gorgeous landscape from the monastery that is surrounded by the beauty of nature. 

Location: 19km from Yuksom

Best time to Visit: March to June & February or March to witness Bumchu Festival

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra

Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri

5. Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel and Monastery

Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel and Monastery, Sikkim

The famous Buddhist palatial monastery in Gangtok. Tsuklakhang Palace was once a residence of the royal family of Sikkim when the region was under the monarchy of the Namgyal dynasty. The impressive Tibetan-style pagoda, a large collection of religious scriptures of Buddhism, beautiful altars adorned with paintings, wooden sculptures, and regal architecture are some of the highlights that make it stand apart from other monasteries in Sikkim. Also, every year people from different parts of the country visit this monastery to witness the vibrant festivals of Sikkim such as Phang Lhabsol and Losoong that are hosted annually to showcase their diversity. 

Location: 3km from Gangtok

Best time to Visit: February for festivals & October to March

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra

Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri

6. Kartok Monastery