About RUMTEK MONASTERY
Rumtek Monastery was built in the 16th century around the same time as the other 2 monasteries established by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje and was the main seat of the karma Kagyu lineage for some time and was eventually abandoned to ruins. When the 16th Karmapa arrived in Sikkim in 1959, he decided to rebuild the monastery as the site was considered highly auspicious.
Places to Visit RUMTEK MONASTERY
Located in the Western parts of Sikkim, Yuksom is the origin of several enthralling treks into the Himalayas or the magical Kanchenjunga. The once a capital of Sikkim, this hamlet is more known for its pristine beauty and rustic appeal.
Also known as the ‘Meeting place of Three Lamas’, this Sikkimese village has recently started gaining tourism attention. Well, this is also the reason, you can expect pristine beauty and untouched nature in Yuksom. Home to the oldest monastery in Sikkim, this pictorial hamlet is one amongst the most peaceful and serene places to visit in Sikkim.
Nathu La Pass is situated at an elevation of 4,310 meters above sea level, and is an offshoot of the old silk route. The flow of tourists is regulated by the government of India as the soil here is shallow and prone to landslides, nevertheless, this is a must visit site as the location is a Hiker’s haven, as it offers picturesque views of the valley. The old silk route connects the Tibetan capital of Lhasa to the plains of Bengal to the south.
Tsango Lake or Changu Lake, is located on the north of the Nathu La Pass, and is a glacial lake in Sikkim. The lake is situated at an average elevation of 3780 meters above sea level. It falls in the restricted area and hence an inner line permit is required by Indians to visit this place. Foreign nationals are not permitted to visit this lake without special permission. The lake is about 1 km. Long, oval in shape, 15 meters deep and is considered sacred by the local people.
Located at an altitude of 7500 feet, this Temple is dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Hanuman. According to mythology, Lord Hanuman, on his return journey with Sanjavanee to save Lakshmana, Lord Ram’s brother, rested here where the Temple is now located. The Temple is managed and run by the Indian Army. On the way to this Temple, beautiful views of the Gangtok Valley and the surrounding hills can be seen. Near the Hanuman Temple, there is a cremation ground of the Royal Family of the Namgyal Dynasty. The many stupas here mark the places where the family’s last rites were performed.
Established in the year 1981, H.E. Tingkye Gonjang Rimpoche is the founder of this Monastery. He is believed to be the reincarnations of Yolmo Terton Ngakchang Shakya Zangpro, who was a 15th century Nyingmapa (one of the oldest schools of Tibetan Buddhism) Terton. It is a prime centre for Buddhist learning in the state. On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, a festival called the ‘Saga Dawa’ is celebrated here. On this day, Gonjang Rimpoche gives a religious discourse to the many devotees who attend to get his blessings.
The Enchey Monastery was established in 1909 above Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim in the Northeastern Indian state. It belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. The monastery built around the then small hamlet of Gangtok became a religious centre. The location was blessed by Lama Drupthob Karpo, a renowned exponent of tantric art in Buddhism with flying powers; initially a small Gompa was established by him after he flew from Maenam Hill in South Sikkim to this site. The literal meaning of Enchey Monastery is the "Solitary Monastery".Its sacredness is attributed to the belief that Khangchendzonga and Yabdean – the protecting deities – reside in this monastery. As, according to a legend, Guru Padmasambhava had subdued the spirits of the Khangchendzonga, Yabdean and Mahakala 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.
Some figures that would definitely get you interested – Sikkim boasts of harbouring 5,000 species of flowering plants, 515 rare orchids, 60 primula species, 36 rhododendron species, 11 oak varieties, 23 varieties of bamboo and over 424 medicinal plants. That’s a lot for such a small state. Best part is that you can explore these species of flowers and ferns at the Gangtok Flower Show.
Directorate of Handloom & Handicrafts
Instituted with the aim of promoting and keeping alive the State's traditional art & craft, the DHH is a store house of hand-woven woolen carpets, with traditional motifs, blankets, shawls and exquisitely carved 'Choktse' or table and many other gift items. Visiting hours are Monday to Saturday from 0930 hours to 1230 hours and 1300 hours to 1600 hours. This sales emporium remains open throughput the year. Though locally made handicrafts are also available at M.G. Marg, Lai Market and along the National Highway yet one can see the craftsman at work at this center. Wooden, woolen, metal, bamboo work are on display for the tourist and are for sale.
Dro-dul Chorten is a stupa in Gangtok in the Indian state of Sikkim. The stupa was built by Trulshik Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. Inside this stupa, a complete set of Dorjee Phurba, Kangyur relics and other religious objects. Around the stupa are 108 Mani Lhakor or prayer wheels. The stupa is surrounded by Chorten Lakahang and Guru Lakhang, where two statues of Guru Rinpoche are present.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (NIT)
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a Tibet museum in Gangtok, Sikkim, India.The foundation stone of the Institute was laid by the 14th Dalai Lama on 10 February 1957 and it was opened officially by the Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 1 October 1958.The institute employs researchers and one of its new research programs is a project which seeks to document the social history of Sikkim's approximated 60 monasteries and record this on a computer. Another project seeks to digitize and document old and rare photographs of Sikkim for knowledge distribution.Khempo Dhazar served as head of the Sheda, a Nyingma college attatched to the Institute, for six years.
Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre
Originally built under the direction of Changchub Dorje, 12th Karmapa Lama in the mid-1700s, Rumtek served as the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Sikkim for some time. But when Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa, arrived in Sikkim in 1959 after fleeing Tibet, the monastery was in ruins. Despite being offered other sites, the Karmapa decided to rebuild Rumtek. To him, the site possessed many auspicious qualities and was surrounded by the most favorable attributes. For example, flowing streams, mountains behind, a snow range in front, and a river below. With the generosity and help of the Sikkim royal family and the local folks of Sikkim, it was built by the 16th Karmapa as his main seat in exile.
Gangtok Ropeway (Nam-Nang)
his is one of the greatest attractions in Gangtok and should not be missed. It's a double-cable zig back ropeway which is operational since December 2003. Each cable car can carry up to 24 passengers. They do not always wait until the cable car is full. But during high tourist season, there are usually long queues and each ride gets full before it starts. And if it gets full, you will struggle to get a vantage point inside the cable car unless you are one of the first to get in.
Chogyal Palden Thendup Namgyal Park
It is dedicated to the memory of Miwang Chogyal Chenpo Palden Thondup Namgyal, 17 in the line and the 12 consecrated Denzong Chogyal King of Sikkim). He was gracious, valiant and very enlightened. He ascended directly from Namgyal Dynasty, which began in the year 1642 A.D. with the installation of Phuntsog Namgyal as the first consecrated ruler of Sikkim, at Yuksom, in West Sikkim, Born in 1923 he succeeded as Chogyal in 1963 and died in 1982, Deeply inspired by his cherished dream of welfare state for his country, even from his young years as heir apparent, the Chogyal dedicated his entire efforts for a clear, effective and timely fruition of the precious plans. During his illustrious era, firm foundations were laid for basic amenities and social aids.
The Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park is a recreation centre and tourist attraction near Gangtok, in the state of Sikkim, India. The park's statuary and other displays document the Ban Jhakri, or traditional shamanic healer who worships spirits living in caves around the falls. Ban means "forest", and jhakri means "healer".The park is in a thickly foreste part of Swastik, next to an army camp, bout 7 kilometres from Gangtok on National Highway 31 to North Sikkim.