Rumtek Monastery


14.2/5(70 Ratings)

Rumtek Monastery Overview

Ranked 5 of 58 sightseeing in Gangtok

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.

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13th Mar 17

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  • Excellent 12
  • Good 8
  • Below Average 1
  • Average 1
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Monday - Friday:
9:00 AM -6:00 PM
9:00 AM -6:00 PM
9:00 AM -6:00 PM
Public Holidays:
9:00 AM -6:00 PM

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Shamita Nag

Shamita Nag4.3/5

16 reviews

The oldest Monastery in Sikkim - very well maintained

When we entered the monastery was just before lunch. And the student monks were being served food while they were studying. We were privileged to have been able to watch the prayers for so long The view of the mountainside was very beautiful from the ramparts of the monastery.

Amit Sinha

Amit Sinha4.6/5

23 reviews

Beautiful Monastery

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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7 reviews

A peaceful place

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.
  • A peaceful place
  • A peaceful place
  • A peaceful place
  • A peaceful place

Saurav  sinha choudhury

Saurav sinha choudhury3.6/5

32 reviews

An enriching experience

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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  • An enriching experience

Ashish Shukla

Ashish Shukla4.3/5

105 reviews

Silent monastery with wishing pillar

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.
  • Silent monastery with wishing pillar
  • Silent monastery with wishing pillar



2 reviews

Nice monastery

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.

Anurag Prakash

Anurag Prakash3.9/5

3 reviews

Awesome culture

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.



5 reviews

Very Beautiful place

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.
  • Very Beautiful place
  • Very Beautiful place

Deepak Yadav

Deepak Yadav4.3/5

41 reviews

Place for inner peace

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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  • Place for inner peace
  • Place for inner peace
  • Place for inner peace
  • Place for inner peace

Vishwaraj  Bhati

Vishwaraj Bhati3.2/5

3 reviews

A nice Monastery

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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Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok

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Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok
Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok

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Govindan Naganathan

A pillar at the entrance
Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok

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A Souvenir shop at the entrance