Best time to visitSeptember to December
Open hours10 am to 5 pm during winter and 8 am to 5 pm during summer
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The Rumtek Monastery also noted as the Dharmachakra Center, is a gompa situated in the Indian state of Sikkim close to the capital Gangtok. It is a point of convergence for the sectarian pressures inside of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism that portray the Karmapa controversy. Initially constructed under the course of Changchub Dorje, twelfth Karmapa Lama in the mid-1700s, Rumtek served as the fundamental seat of the Karma Kagyu heredity in Sikkim for quite a while. The religious community is at present the biggest in Sikkim. It is home to the group of monks and where they perform the customs and practices of the Karma Kagyu ancestry. A stupa made of gold contains the relics of the sixteenth Karmapa. Inverse to that building is a school, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies. The Rumtek Monastery is highlighted in the 2014 Indian mystery thriller novel, The emperor's riddles by Satyarth Nayak.
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Reviews of Rumtek Monastery • 15
RUMTEK MONASTERYGangtok being influenced by "Buddhism", is a place of Monasteries; Rumtek being the most famous and Largest Monastery in Gangtok, it’s house to hundreds of Monks. Number of "Prayer Wheels" were arranged up to the Monastery, we spun them as we moved up to the monastery. I somehow managed to get clicked with three little Monks; they were quite shy and composed to themselves.
Located in eastern Sikkim, India, at an altitude of about 1547m above sea level, Rumtek Monastery or the Dharma Chakra Centre is one of the most important centers of Kagyu lineage of Buddhism, after Tibet. The monastery is a replica of the Kagyu headquarters in Tibet and it is the seat of His holiness Gyalwa Karmapa, the 16th Karmapa, the charismatic leader of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. It was originally built by the 9th Karmapa but was rebuilt by the 16th Karmapa as it was in ruins when he arrived here after fleeing Tibet. The monastery is also an important education and spiritual centre. The architectural design and layout follows a traditional Buddhist template, which is followed by many other Indian Buddhist monasteries since then. The complex comprises of a shrine-temple, monastery, retreat center, monastic college (Shedra), nun's hostel, Stupas and many other community administration centers and also other religious institutions. It is the largest monastery in Sikkim. There is a Golden Stupa which contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa.
Beautiful monastery between the mountains
I was amazed to see how beautiful the architecture of the monastery was. The hymns played there make the whole environment spiritual. One has to walk up a little, I see a smile on trekkers' faces now !!, to reach the monastery. Indian nationals shall have to show their photo ID cards. Foreign nationals need a permit which is made at the entry gate. There is Nalanda Institute just beside the monastery which is also worth visiting.
Our next spot was the largest monastery in Gangtok - the Rumtek Monastery. I feel the Google and Wikipedia can give detailed information about this monastery as far as their history,tradition, culture and the lineage of Buddhism followed here is concerned, rather that me trying to describe it. If you enjoy art and architecture, the monastery has to offer several beautiful and intricate Buddhist paintings to appreciate and forever cherish in memories. By evening, we were back in Gangtok and after some shopping in the local Lal Bazaar we had our dinner there itself. Thus came to end our one of the most memorable trips so far...
This was my first visit to a monastery . And to visit this monastery gave me such peace and self content that I felt so close to nature . When we arrived evening prayers were coming to a close as we hurried to visit the sacred temple . Small wooden floored room overlooked a closed glass paned room that held a huge throne made of gold and precious stones .
Rumtek Monastery, also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a gompa located in the Indian state of Sikkim near the capital Gangtok.
It is one of the largest monastery in Sikkim. The experience is very divine and spiritual. There are various monks in the monastery and one can mingle with them and discuss about their culture and customs. The location is very pristine and the place is very serene.
Rumtek is the largest Buddhist monastery in Sikkim. It is the home to scores of monks of all ages. It is an absolutely calming experience to hear them chant in unison. On specific days, they also have a traditional Dragon dance.
Day 4 was spent on places of interest near Gangtok, and Rumtek monastery was our first stop. It is one of the main centers of Buddhist spirituality, and gave us an amazing opportunity to observe and interact with Buddhist monks. From there we made our way to another monastery, Ranka monastery, which also had a school of Buddhist learning nearby.
its a magnificent Tibetian Monastery build in the 16th century.
The Rumtek Monastery was situated at a distance of 26 km from Gangtok. At about 10 am I reached Rumtek. It was a peaceful area guarded by CISF. My driver briefed me about this Monastery. He told this is the costliest Monastery in Sikkim because the idol of Lord Buddha is furnished with gold. The indoor painting was magnificent. I was feeling like I was in another world surrounded with pin drop silence, birds humming and mountains all around.
Ruktek is popularly called the Dharmachakra Centre, and is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery near the capital, Gangtok. Rumtek is a famous monastery all over the world, especially among the Tibetan Buddhists. The luxuriously sprawling green landscape, brilliant weather, smiling people, and traditions that touch the conscience are among the few things you'll cherish here.
Rumtek Monastery located about 24 kms from Gangtok is a must visit for culture seekers. The monastery offers amazing views of the surrounding hillscapes.