Ranka Monastery


14.5/5(15 Ratings)

Ranka Monastery Overview

Ranked 8 of 58 sightseeing in Gangtok
Ranka Monastery is a popular Buddhist monastery situated in Lingdum.
Locally known as the Lingdum monastery, this monastery is run by the Sikkimese Gharwan Rimpoche. Known for its architecture and aesthetic value, this monastery has a collection of colorful Tibetan paintings called Thangkas that adorn the walls. Visitors can spin the long row of prayer wheels for good luck. A huge gold plated Buddha statue sits in the lotus position inside the sanctum.
Open to all, regardless of their religion, tourists can happily explore the entire perimeter of the monastery.
The perfect time to visit the monastery would be during the Tibetan New Year when the exotic Lama dance is performed by the Buddhist monks. One can also visit the monastery during the evening prayer time when Buddhist songs are sung rhythmically by the monks along with musical instruments.
Visitors can take a ride on the famous rope way or visit Enchey Monastery or Rumtek Monastery, which are located nearby.
As the place is a tourist hotspot, shared taxis are available to this place.
Mesmerizing views of the sun setting behind the Kanchenjunga range is an added attraction that can be enjoyed from the monastery.

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  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Ankur P

Ankur P4.6/5

60 reviews

Beautiful monastery in a peaceful setting

Ranka (aka Lingdum) monastery is located in the hills near Gangtok, little far from the busy parts of the city. It's surrounded by a thin forest, which makes the setting fresh and peaceful. The big monastery building and the expansive compound are calm and beautiful, covered in many drawings of many stories from Buddhist mythology. The place has most basic facilities like clean toilets, a small gift shop and a small canteen. You can see monks going about their daily business and a few will also chat with you. When we were there, their holiest Rinpoche was visiting and the whole place was humming with rhythmic chants. A serene experience.

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  • Beautiful monastery in a peaceful setting
  • Beautiful monastery in a peaceful setting
  • Beautiful monastery in a peaceful setting
  • Beautiful monastery in a peaceful setting

Amit Sinha

Amit Sinha5.0/5

23 reviews

Ranka Monastry Must Visit

I went to Ranka Monastery. It is situated about 20kms from Gangtok town. The monastery is celebrated as one of the most significant and magnificent monasteries in east Sikkim. It offers amazing scenic views to the visitors. I visited this Monastery with my wife in april-2017 it is recommended Place to Visit when you are in Gangtok

Biswajeet Mishra

Biswajeet Mishra4.3/5

58 reviews

Buddhist Attraction

Its a Monastery located at 10 km far from MG Street Gangtok, people traveling should visit this place for beautiful location and Buddhist attractions.
  • Buddhist Attraction
  • Buddhist Attraction
  • Buddhist Attraction
  • Buddhist Attraction

Deepak Yadav

Deepak Yadav5.0/5

41 reviews

Inner peace found here

After rumtek, our next destination was ranka. I was expecting the same experience as that of rumtek but I was wrong. The road to ranka is rough and bumpy after a point and there are no signs leading there. Even the local driver was confused about the path and took wrong turns a couple of times. The road runs quite deep into hills and trees where we couldn't find even people to give us the directions. Anyways we reached there after wasting a lot of time but once we entered the monastery, the scene changed drastically. The monastery was a feast for the eyes with proper parking facilities, washrooms and a good restaurant. As we were hungry after a long ride, we preferred to have some snacks before entering the monastery. And I still remember the momos we ate there. Momos are a major snack in North-East India and are commonly found everywhere but those momos were the best I have eaten in my life. So, don't forget to catch some if u go there. Even aamir khan and Richard gere have visited the place whose pics with the owner of restaurant were hanging on the walls. With a satisfied tummy we proceeded to visit the monastery. Unlike rumtek, I could only see a couple of monks moving around. But I must say it was more peaceful than the Rumtek. The big prayer hall where photography was prohibited like other monasteries was locked. We were disappointed but a monk who was passing by saw us and arranged for the keys. Inside it was more beautiful and magnificent and soothing to the mind as compared to rumtek. Its my personal observation but the fact is that most of the people prefer to visit rumtek. We took some pics outside with prayer bells and a happy kid monk who first ran away on seeing us but gladly posed with us for pics on request. I would suggest that if ur purpose of visiting monasteries is for inner peace then you should plan to stay there for 4-6 hours and talk to your taxi provider in advance otherwise it's just touch n go as happened with me. But even in the short visit, I could find back something inside me which was lost for long n to find the remaining, I will go back but for a longer duration.

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  • Inner peace found here
  • Inner peace found here



7 reviews

Best monastery to visit, best value shops as well

This one is huge, well maintained and great place to visit. When we visited the prayers with drum rhythm were in progress. It was really good to listen. The inside of Monastery is quite big and amazing to see. Now the great part. The shops here are fixed price, and really well priced. If you have plans to buy souvenirs, must buy from here and do not leave anything pending. And by the way, there is a paragliding spot on the way. Must do it.

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2 reviews

Romantic place

It is just awesome, wonderful and excellent, many rides are there, you can all enjoy them. It's really fabulous, I really enjoyed visiting this place and had a wonderful time with my partner. I always visit this place whenever I visit Gangtok, I too even visit many places such as Ganeshtok, Hanumantok, Demorali Hills, rope way, Changu Lake, all places are just lovable, you can visit even with your family and with your beloved, but I guarantee you will surely enjoy Gangtok.

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Nirmit Agrawal

Nirmit Agrawal4.3/5

8 reviews

Another great place

Except rumtek monastery, this is another monastery which you should visit, a bit underrated but go there as there are less tourists in this monastery.

Yogendra Sriramula

Yogendra Sriramula4.3/5

6 reviews

Enjoy the beauty

Really nice place. Has a restaurant as well. You can place the order and go enjoy the beauty of the place. Its huge and compact 30-45 min later and enjoy the meal. Its not a rushed place. Beware of the curd there though :)



4 reviews

A good monument

I went to Ranka monastery with my friend at June 2014. It was very good moment of my life. I visited two times first time I visited with my girl friend at April 2013. My best journey of my life.

Pooja  Banerjee

Pooja Banerjee3.9/5

11 reviews

Bigger than Rumtek

Actually it is a bigger monastery than Rumtek. But Rumtek is popular than this. Good view

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Ranka Monastery, Gangtok

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Ranka Monastery, Gangtok
Ranka Monastery, Gangtok

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Ranka Monastery, Gangtok
Ranka Monastery, Gangtok

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Ranka Monastery, Gangtok
Ranka Monastery, Gangtok

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Ranka Monastery, Gangtok