Old Rumtek Gompa

Monastery in Rumtek

Old Rumtek Gompa, around 1.5km beyond the Rumtek main gate, is an oasis of peace away from the tourist crowds. Originally founded in 1734 but thoroughly rebuilt, the prayer hall has an intensely colourful interior. Valley views can be glimpsed through the trees from foreground lawns, on which three rotundas are provided for people to picnic.

On the 28th and 29th days of the 10th Tibetan month, the monastery comes to life with chaam dances.