Rumtek Travel Guide
Best time to visit Rumtek in the next six months
- State: Sikkim
- Famous for/as: Hill
The place is also popular by the name of Dharma Chakra Centre. The structure of the monastery is huge and located atop a hill. The monastery is located in the north-east of Gangtok on Nathula road. It is placed on the ridge of a hill above the city. From there the Kanchenjunga range is clearly visible.
The Rumtek monastery was built in the 16th century by 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje. The monastery had equal significance like Phodong Monastery and Ralang Monastery, and was used as headquarter by Karma Kagyu lineage in Sikkim. The monastery was restored by the 16th Karmapa in 1959, and now it is a major tourist destination of Sikkim.
Visiting this monastery during the peak season, when Buddhist festivals are celebrated, provides a chance to see Buddhist pilgrims and culture. The monastery enshrines ancient relics and has a golden stupa. Apart from the monastery, there are other tourist attractions in this place like Do Drul Chorten. It is a sacred Buddhist site and visited by tourists to see the white stupa located in the monastery.
This monastery was built in the year 1945, under late Truslshi Rimpoche. There are around 108 prayer wheels (Mani-Lhakor) in this monastery. Mantras are inscribed on these prayers wheels, which can be read by the devotees on turning the wheels. The landscapes and snow clad peaks also attract tourists to the destination.
The Enchey Monastery, which is 100 years old, is one of the oldest monasteries of the region. This monastery was built in 1909 and belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. Besides, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical garden and Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary are the other popular attractions of this town.
Trekking enthusiasts come to this place every year to trek among snow covered mountains and forests. Teen Jhurey trek starts from Rumtek, passes from Fambong Lho sanctuary and reaches Pangthang near Gangtok.
The nearest airport to Rumtek is Bagdogra Airport, which is connected to Delhi and Kolkata. Taxis and buses are available from the airport to reach Gangtok. There are regular bus services to Rumtek from the city of Gangtok. Shared jeeps are also available from Gangtok which leave from the Private taxi stand near Zero Point. Charges vary from INR30 per person during the day to INR50 per person during the evening.
The best time to visit Rumtek is between the months of May to October, when the weather stays mild and moderate. March to June has pleasant weather with temperatures ranging from 10⁰-25⁰ Celsius. Winters here can be very cold with temperatures dipping to -5⁰ Celsius. Heavy winter clothing is essential. It is however, best to avoid the rainy season from July to September as there is heavy rainfall caused by the south-west monsoon. This may lead to landslides and road blocks in such hilly regions.