The monasteries of Sikkim are among the most famous and magnificent in the world. Rumtek Monastery (also known as Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center) is undoubtedly high on the list. It sits high upon a hill, across the river from Gangtok (about 22km away). The steep road leading up to Rumtek is dotted with souvenir shops and snack shacks. Then, behold the temple, which is surrounded on all sides by the monks’ living quarters. Stepping into this complex, noise seems to disappear and you become entranced by peace and serenity of the area. The best time to visit is during the prayer time, when the monks join in chanting, blowing the Tibetan horn, and rhythmically hit their two-sided drums. It is an incredible once and a lifetime experience to see and hear this! Afterwards, head to the café for a cup of coffee or a plate of veg momo’s. It is an all-inclusive place with a monastic college, retreat center, rare and coveted texts, and the 500 year old Golden Stupa. Visiting Rumtek Monastery is a must on your visit to Sikkim.
Rumtek Monastery is easily accessible from Gangtok. Shared taxis are available on the main road underneath MG Marg. Also, we coordinate visits to Rumtek Monastery on our tours of Sikkim. Check out our Tours in Sikkim page for more details.