Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok

Rumtek Monastery

Rank 5
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69 Ratings & 52 Reviews

About Rumtek Monastery

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Saturday: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Sunday: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Public Holidays: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Rumtek Monastery, located at a distance of approximately 24 km from Gangtok in Rumtek, is one of the most important sites for almost every Buddhist. This monastery was originally built in the 16th century, under the supervision of Wangchuck Dorge and with the financial assistance of the fourth king of Sikkim.

However, in the 20th century this monastery was devastated by fire. Later in 1960s, an entirely new ministry was rebuilt uphill the original Rumtek Monastery. The new monastery built was named as Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre. In addition, the monastery also houses the main shrine temple along with quarters of monks.

There is a Golden stupa located inside the monastery, which encompasses the relics of the 16th Karmapa. The monastery is also a host to several Tibetan festivals organised throughout the year, which include Tse-Chu Chaam and Kagyat Dance.

What travellers are saying about Rumtek Monastery

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  • Very Good 20
  • Good 10
  • Average 2
  • Below Average 1
  • Poor 0
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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2 Video Reviews for Rumtek Monastery

Sucharita das

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  • Sucharita das
  • Posted Mar 13, 2017
Overall Rating
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Sunanda Das

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  • Sunanda Das
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 86 photos
  • 20 Reviews
  •  49 helpful votes
  •  19323 readers
  • Posted Mar 13, 2017
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  • 490

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Amit Sinha

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  • Amit Sinha
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 12 Reviews
  •  88 readers

"Beautiful Monastery" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This is a Beautiful Monastery, a short drive from Gangtok, set on top of a hill with unrestricted views of the surrounding hills. This is Also called as the Dharmachakra Centre, it is one of the renowned schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Students are mostly from Sikkim, Ladakh, Nepal and Tibet and all the subjects taught are in Tibetan language. Lot of emphasis is laid on Tibetan calligraphy. We came across a class of around 150 students taking up their Tibetan scripture semester exams. We were always under the myth that children or adults who become monks give up their usual life, but this experience was an eye opener where we learnt that this is just another form of boarding school and the dress is more like a uniform for them. Once done with their schooling, they go back to their usual lives.
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  • Ashish
  • 45 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  685 readers

"A peaceful place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2017
A well maintained monastery housing students of all ages. Apart from Buddhist texts (Vajrayaan) they learn English, Sanskrit etc. The monastery has heavy security of ITBP personnels and all tourists need to show their id proof to get a entry inside.
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Saurav  sinha choudhury

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  • Saurav sinha choudhury
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 45 photos
  • 31 Reviews
  •  46 helpful votes
  •  21221 readers

"An enriching experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 10, 2016
A place to visit early to attend the morning prayers. If rumtek monastry; the largest monastry in gantok; is in your itinery(which it should be) then please visit it 1st in the morning. The morning winds, the rhythmic chants, the peaceful environment and thousands of devotees praying in this monastry atop the misty mointains make the whole visit an enriching experience. However photos arent allowed inside and somethings must be respected to preserve the atmosphere that way!
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Ashish Shukla

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  • Ashish Shukla
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 313 photos
  • 73 Reviews
  •  122 helpful votes
  •  42324 readers

"Silent monastery with wishing pillar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 24, 2016
This is a very old monastery with buddhist monks living here. It's a very silent monastery with mandolin scripts written all over. One interesting activity is, you throw a coin on the pillar and if the coin stucks on the pillar, then your wish will be fulfilled. You can eat momos and tea in the canteen here. There is a lot of security here.
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  • Tourist
  • Ankit
  • Lives in Indore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  757 readers

"Nice monastery"

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted Jul 8, 2016
It's good, but there are so many monastery to visit in Sikkim and strangely, they charge you Entry Fees. We were surprised about it that when our temples or any other religious place don't charge any fees, then why are they charging for the same. However, it's not alike -I am pinching them. I respect every religion and it's being nice visiting there.
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Anurag Prakash

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  • Anurag Prakash
  • Lives in Jabalpur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2118 readers

"Awesome culture"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jun 7, 2016
It was a great day during holi festival. Buddhist people were great too. We did local purchasing and purchased so many souvenirs of sikkim from the outside of monastery. You' can bargain marginally.
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  • Praveen
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  7168 readers

"Very Beautiful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 26, 2016
Very nice place, view from the monastery campus is awesome. Is a must visit place if you are at Gangtok. It is farther from Gangtok City. You need to show your Identity while entering the rumtek.
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Deepak Yadav

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  • Deepak Yadav
  • 308 photos
  • 38 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  9161 readers

"Place for inner peace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 19, 2016
It was the first on my list of monasteries, I wanted to visit on my trip to Gangtok. And needless to say it was the perfect start. We reached their on time by taxi and after a security check walked through a curvy road of 500 mtrs approx dotted with small outlets selling Buddhist articles and bells. We reached there in 15 mins and again passed a security check and paid a small entry fee of Rs 10. The monastery was majestic with a very large open compound and accommodations around it for monks living there. Pics are allowed over there only.

There is a large pillar in center on which people try to throw a coin such that it stays on the top in 3 attempts to fulfill any one of their wishes. Mine settled on the 6th attempt. Then we entered the prayer hall which is huge, magnificent and peaceful. The designs, the statues, rare manuscripts, candles make it a wonderful experience which stays in your mind long after you have left the place.

Photography is strictly prohibited but it was very sad to see some people trying to do so which shows the mentality of Indian tourists. Places like this should not be considered as tourist places, these are places of faith, worship n historical value which are visited by thousands of foreigners and Indians in search of peace. Anyways I personally experienced a lot of peace n mental satisfaction which was my sole purpose of going there.
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Vishwaraj  Bhati

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  • Vishwaraj Bhati
  • Lives in Udaipur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1624 readers

"A nice Monastery"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 16, 2016
Good place. Religious place, very holy place. It is a buddha temple that is very nicely constructed and design is very good. View is also very good. Tourists are not allowed to take pictures.
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C.s. manish Dasgupta

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  • C.s. manish Dasgupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 101 Reviews
  •  168 helpful votes
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"A nice monastery"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2016
Please maintain silence when visiting this monastery as you don't want to spoil the calm feeling which you may receive. Also keep your belongings inside the vehicle as otherwise you will feel tired while watching the serene beauty of the sculptures, paintings, the flags, the idols, and if you are lucky enough then you might meet some monk also praying at a corner. We have seen little ones preparing some rangolis or artwork for festivals in the month of Oct 2015.
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