Rumtek Monastery or Dharma Chakra Centre is located in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is one of the largest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim, which is the perfect depiction of the religious and cultural heritage of Buddhism in India. This renowned monastery was originally 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 Gompa is the Golden Stupa, where several monks perform rituals and practice the Karma Kagyu lineage. The Stupa also constitutes precious relics of 16th Karmapa and the world’s unique religious scriptures. There is a massive prayer hall in the monastery, which is decorated with splendid wall murals, paintings, and thangkas. It also houses 1001 miniature golden models of Buddha. The main monastery is a 3-storeyed building with a golden sculpture on the top, which is 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), nunnery, and protector’s shrine. You can also spot monks’ quarters inside the monastery.
- Location: Tsurphu Labrang, Pal Karmae Sangha Dhunche, Dharma Chakra Centre, 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
The monastery can be visited throughout the year, however, the ideal 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
Situated at 23 km away 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:
Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport, which serves Gangtok. It is located 126 km from the capital city. Shared taxis, cabs, and buses are easily available from the airport for Gangtok from where it is easy to reach the monastery.
New Jalpaiguri railway station is the nearest and the major railhead situated 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 easily available for Gangtok.
The most economical option to reach Rumtek Monastery from Gangtok is to board a shared taxi, which runs from Gangtok Taxi Jeep Service Stand located on NH 10. There are private taxis and buses are also available from Gangtok for the monastery.
Accommodation near Rumtek Monastery
There are a few budget and luxury places to stay near Rumtek Monastery. Some of the options are:
- Sungay Guest House
- Zharna Waterfall Resort
- Shambhala Mountain Resort
- Martam Village Resort
- Foreign nationals need to obtain a permit to visit the monastery, which can be obtained from the main 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.