Welcome to Rumtek
Facing Gangtok distantly across a plunging green valley, Rumtek's extensive gompa complex is one of Tibetan Buddhism's most venerable institutions as the home-in-exile of the Kagyu (Black Hat) sect. The main route up starts near Ranipul and passes some lovely city views as it climbs. You can also make Rumtek part of a day-trip loop that includes more peaceful and arguably lovelier Lingdum Gompa. Though stretches of the road are in dire need of repair, the route winds through mossy forests, bamboo groves and terraced paddy fields, presenting many more super viewpoints. Nearer to Gangtok you'll pass minor attractions, including the try-hard Kanchendzonga Tourist Centre and the modest Banjhakri Waterfalls in a park of garish figures portraying pre-Buddhist animist myths.