Rumtek Monastery, or Dharma Chakra Center, is in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is one of the largest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim, which perfectly depicts Buddhism's religious and cultural heritage in India. This renowned monastery was initially built by Wangchuk Dorje, 9th Karmapa Lama, in the mid-18th Century. It was rebuilt by Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa Lama, and is considered a shrine for Tibetan Buddhists. Moreover, the complex of the Gompa signifies the aim of the 16th Karmapa Lama, who wishes to spread the teachings of Buddha in the world.
One of the main attractions of this Rumtek monastery Gangtok is the Golden Stupa, where several monks perform rituals and practice the Karma Kagyu lineage. The Stupa also constitutes precious relics of the 16th Karmapa and the world's unique religious scriptures. There is a massive prayer hall in the monastery, which is decorated with splendid murals, paintings, and thangkas. It also houses 1001 miniature golden models of Buddha. The main sanctuary is a 3-storeyed building with a golden sculpture on the top, an architectural marvel. It is one of the finest Gompas in the world.
Other attractions in Rumtek Monastery include a Buddhist shrine (main temple), Karma Shri Nalanda Institute (a college for Buddhist Higher Studies), a nunnery, and a protector's shrine. You can also spot monks' quarters inside the monastery. Explore the Rumtek Monastery with our Gangtok tour package, which is tailor-made. You can design the itinerary according to your requirements. Contact us for more information and to book a tour with us!
- Location: Tsurphu Labrang, Pal Karmae Sangha Dhunche, Dharma Chakra Center, Gangtok 737135
- Timings of Rumtek Monastery: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Entry Fees of Rumtek Monastery: INR 10 per person
Best Time to visit Rumtek Monastery Gangtok
The monastery can be visited throughout the year. However, the time to visit Rumtek Monastery is from October to mid-December. During these months, the weather remains soothing and comfortable for a sightseeing tour.
How to reach Rumtek Monastery Gangtok
Situated 23 km from Gangtok, Rumtek Monastery is well connected with the capital city of Darjeeling by road network. Here is the detailed information about how to reach Rumtek Monastery:
Rumtek Monastery By Air
Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport that serves Gangtok. It is located 126 km from the capital city. Shared taxis, cabs, and buses are readily available from the airport for Gangtok from where it is easy to reach the monastery.
Rumtek Monastery By Rail
The New Jalpaiguri railway station is the nearest major railhead near the Rumtek Monastery. This railhead is well-connected with the major cities of the country. From New Jalpaiguri, private and shared taxis, buses, and cabs are readily available for Gangtok.
Rumtek Monastery By Road
The most economical option to reach Rumtek Monastery from Gangtok is to board a shared taxi from Gangtok Taxi Jeep Service Stand located on NH 10. In addition, private taxis and buses are also available from Gangtok, the monastery.
Accommodation near Rumtek Monastery
There are a few budget and luxury places to stay near Rumtek Monastery Sikkim. Some of the options are:
- Sungay Guest House
- Zharna Waterfall Resort
- Shambhala Mountain Resort
- Martam Village Resort
Travel Tips for Rumtek Monastery Gangtok:
- Foreign nationals must obtain a permit to visit the monastery, which can be obtained from the central government office at Sikkim and Siliguri.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as it requires you to walk a lot.
- Do not wear revealing clothes. Carry enough cash to pay for food, transfers, and accommodations.
- Do not smoke, drink alcohol, and talk loudly at the monastery.
- It is advisable to travel with a local guide.
Rumtek Monastery Sikkim is a prime aspect of its tourism and gives you a better outlook on the Buddhist culture. You can plan your visit to this Gompa and cover more beautiful tourist attractions through our Gangtok tour packages. Our tour includes meals, transfers, accommodations, and sightseeing to give you a comfortable time.