Situated in Sikkim, the Rumtek Monastery is a prior Buddhist monastery and widely visited tourist destination of India. It is positioned at a distance of approximately 24 km from the capital city of Gangtok. Eminent as the seat of His holiness Gyawla Karmapa the XVI, the head of the Karma Kagyu of Tibetan Buddhism. Rumtek Monastery is an awe- inspiring place to visit in Sikkim. Rumtek Gompa of India is a replica of the original Kagyu headquarters in Tibet, a newly built monastery mounting the original Rumtek Monastry.
The new monastery is renowned to be the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre. A well-structured main shrine temple and monastery with the quarters of monks are the prime most attracting features of the monastery. Its enormous prayer hall inside the monastery is worth mentioning and is decorated with lovely murals, statues and 'tangkhas'. Rumtek Monastery comprises of a plethora of places of attractions as the shrine-temple, the monastery, a recoil center, a monastic college (Shedra), a nun's hostel, several stupas and a protectors shrine.
How to reach Rumtek Monastery
Bagdogra airport in West Bengal is closest to Rumtek, connected with all major cities.
Siliguri railway station or the New Jalpaiguri (railway station) is the nearest railhead from Rumtek Monastery.
Smooth and frequent bus services are available from Bagdogra, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Calcutta, to reach the Rumtek Monastery
Prior Buddhist Sites in Sikkim