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About Rumtek Monastery

Visually appealing and spiritually uplifting, Rumtek Monastery is the seat of the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism, Karmapa Lama. At a height of 1524 metres, this monastery is approximately 23 Km from Gangtok. The lush green landscape and ever expanding hills surrounding this place infuse peace and calmness inside you. It enshrines a golden stupa that contains paintings and statues that belonged to the 16th Karmapa. The architectural design of this monastery is identical to the original Kagyu headquarters in Tibet. It is a perfect place for meditation and introspection.

Historical Context: Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok was built by the fourth king of Sikkim under the supervision of Ninth Karmapa. The importance of this monastery doubled after Tibet was annexed by China and various gurus relocated here.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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