Best time to visitJanuary
Things to doPhotography, Ancient architecture
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples
Rank10 out of 54 attractions in Gangtok
In close vicinity of Gangtok, stands the Enchey Monastery (3 km far from the town focus) on top of a hill. The site on which the monastery stands is accepted to be honored by the renowned tantric master Druptob Karpo. It is said that this loved master, who had flying ability, traveled to this site from Maenam Hill in south Sikkim and manufactured a little hermitage. Later, amid the rule of Sikyong Tulku in the mid nineteenth century, the monastery was built and given the shape of a Chinese Pagoda. The Monastery building is a little and basic two storied structure encircled by tall pine trees. The special highlights of monastery are the wall paintings portraying the protective god and wheel of law on the porch. The three Gods worshipped in this monastery are Buddha, Loki Sharia and Guru Padmasambhava. The yearly celebration of Enchey is praised on the eighteenth to nineteenth day of the twelfth month of the Tibetan timetable which is January.
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4) Enchey MonasteryOne of the oldest Monastery , established on 1909 . Very calm and Quiet place to visit.
Enchey MonasteryNext we stopped by the Enchey Monastery. Approximately 200 years old, this site is visually and architecturally poetic.
The couple was really sweet and I had a great time with them. We then parted ways and I headed towards MG Marg to treat myself to a delicious meal. You could find a great number of eating joints here. After lunch, I decided to visit Enchey Monastery. Peaceful yet powerful, this place would make you feel amazing. Afterwards I headed back to my hotel on foot. I had an amazing day and now was the time for some rest.
Enchey Monastery, Gangtok: This monastery is situated in Gangtok on a hill top. It was built during the reign of Thutob Namgyal in 1909. It belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. The literal meaning of Enchey Monastery is the "Solitary Monastery". As, according to a legend, Guru Padmasambhava had subdued the spirits of the Khangchendzonga, Yabdean and Mahākāla here. In view of this legend, the religious significance of Enchey Monastery is deeply ingrained in every household in Gangtok. It is also believed that these powerful deities always fulfil the wishes of the devotees.Detor Cham is the colourful and vibrant Cham dance festival that is held in the monastery during on the 18th and 19th day of the 12th Lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, corresponding to the dates during January/February of the Gregorian calendar.
Enchey Monastery is a two hundred year old monastery in the Nyingma tradition of Tibet Buddhism located just above the town. The either side of the compound wall to the monastery has prayer bells.