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Monastery in Rumtek

Rumtek Gompa

Rumtek is Sikkim's most spiritually significant monastery complex. It's essentially a self-contained village with a colourful main prayer hall that was built (1961–66) to replace Tibet's Tsurphu Monastery, destroyed…
Monastery in Rumtek

Lingdum Gompa

Layered amid peaceful forests, Lingdum Gompa is arguably the most photogenic monastery in the Gangtok area. Its centrepiece is a large, attractive quadrangle leading to a five-storey main prayer hall. Inside, the ce…
Monument in Rumtek

Golden Stupa

Around then behind Rumtek monastery's main prayer hall, stairs climb to a smallish room containing a diminutive but ornate golden stupa studded with turquoise and amber. This is the reliquary holding the ashes of th…
Monastery in Rumtek

Old Rumtek Gompa

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. …
Cafe in Rumtek

Nirvana Cafe

Unexpectedly suave for a monastery cafe, Nirvana is mostly used by Lingdum monks, but visitors can grab a snack or milky coffee here and sit on the two-table terrace gazing across the green, rural valley towards the…