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Perched on top of a magnificent hill, the Rumtek Monastery is one of the largest places of religious worship in all of Sikkim. It is located at a distance of 25 km approximately from Gangtok this destination is all about relishing the glorious past and wonderful architecture of the place. 

What’s interesting to know is that this place was originally known as the Dharma Chakra Centre that belonged to the Kargyu sect of the Buddhists sometime in the 12th century Tibet. The lush green mountains that stand tall and proud surrounding the monastery serve as not less than a visual treat. And the fact that it is also a place of spiritual reverence makes it all the more fascinating to explore. 

The breathtaking view of almost the entire Gangtok that you are able to see after climbing up feels not less than a miracle. Besides this, the architecture of this striking monastery comes across as one of the finest.

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Top Attractions Around Rumtek Monastery

Ranka Monastery. The Ranka Monastery is all about exploring nature. The religious significance that this place carries is really worth knowing in its essence. However, it is not that much talked about as compared to Rumtek monastery but will definitely charm you with its aura. Anyone visiting Gangtok must make a visit to this place.

Tsomgo Lake. This is a glacial lake located at an approximate altitude of about 12,310 feet in Sikkim. The name ‘Tsomgo’ essentially means the ‘source of water’. The Tsomgo lake is considered as one of the few and awesome high altitudes lakes of our country. And when you see the reflections of the sky and stars on the waters, all you can do is feel gratitude towards life. 

Banjhakri Water Falls. The Banjhakri is approximately a 100-foot waterfall which attracts a lot of tourists on an annual basis. The paved pathways along with the footbridge around this park spread across an area of 2 acres of land that is filled with many trees as well as flowering plants.

Things to do Around Rumtek Monastery

Visit Hanuman Tok. It is mainly a Hindu temple complex situated in the upper region of Gangtok. Specifically dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this religious spot is quite well-maintained by the Indian army. Visiting here, you will surely get to experience a calm and soothing change from the bustling chaos of city life.

Visit Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden. The Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is all about exploring nature. It is a collection of about 1.5 lakhs ornamental plants along with a huge collection of various oak trees. For people who are interested in botany, this place is no less than heaven.

Best time to visit Rumtek Monastery

This monastery is open from 10 am to 5 pm during the winter months. And from around 8 am to 5 pm during the summers. And overall, the months of March, May, October and December are considered quite right to visit this place.

How to Reach Rumtek Monastery

By Air. The nearest airport is the Pakyong Airport that is located at a distance of around 30 km from Rumtek monastery. This airport is spread over an area of around 201 acres and is also considered one of the five highest airports in our country. Did you know that it is also the first greenfield airport specifically constructed in the Northeastern Region of India? This airport is well connected with other Indian cities like Kolkata, New Delhi, Bangalore. 

By Road. To reach this destination via road network is also a convenient experience. From places like Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore you will need to cover a total distance of about 1,574 km, 2,658 km, 2,399 km.   

By Train. Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri are the nearest railway stations from this place. Some good options to reach here would be Avadh Assam Express, Mahananda Express, Brahmaputra Mail.

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