Sikkim can be called as the land of monasteries as there are plenty of ancient and modern monasteries located in the Sikkim. Being a major Buddhism destination and home to a large number of Buddhism followers, the Sikkim attracts a large number of tourists and followers of Buddhism philosophy. The Rumtek Monastery is one of the oldest and the biggest monasteries in the Sikkim which is located at the Gangtok, around 24 km from the city. This monastery is the prime Buddhist pilgrimage destination for the followers of the Tibetan Buddhism. Known for exhibiting many valuable historical artifacts such as ancient metal statues, cenotaphs adorned with gems, etc. The monastery was first built by the 12th Karmapa Lama Changchub Dorje in 1730 which was destroyed in a fire mishap. Again, the ruin of the Rumtek Monastery was rebuilt and inaugurated by the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje in 1966 and made the official seat of glorious Karmapa.
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How to Reach:
There are multiple options to reach Rumtek Monastery. The Monastery can be reached by Taxi or Bus. Other modes of transportation are shared vehicle available between 10am to 2pm from Gangtok Taxi Jeep Service Stand located near the hotel Hungry Jack on NH31A.
Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche, Dharma Chakra Centre,, Sikkim 737135