Rumtek Monastery
Rumtek Monastery
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Dharma Chakra Centre consists of a beautiful temple, the famous Golden Stupa, and Tibetan Buddhist monastery that houses very important relics.
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Arun Kumar
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Rumtek Monastery is also called the Dharma Chakra Centre, is about 26 Km from Gangtok. It is the seat-in-exile of the Gyalwang Karmapa, inaugurated in 1966 by the 16th Karmapa. Originally built under the direction of Changchub Dorje, 12th Karmapa Lama in the mid-18th century, Rumtek served as the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Sikkim for some time. But when Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa, arrived in Sikkim in 1959 after fleeing Tibet, the monastery was in ruins. Despite being offered other sites, the Karmapa decided to rebuild Rumtek. To him, the site possessed many auspicious qualities and was surrounded by the most favorable attributes. For example, flowing streams, mountains behind, a snow range in front, and a river below. With the generosity and help of the Sikkim royal family and the local folks of Sikkim, it was built by the 16th Karmapa as his main seat in exile. After four years, construction of the monastery was completed. The sacred items and relics brought out from Tsurphu Monastery, the Karmapa's seat in Tibet, were installed. On Losar in 1966, the 16th Karmapa officially inaugurated the new seat, called "The Dharmachakra Centre, a place of erudition and spiritual accomplishment, the seat of the glorious Karmapa." The monastery is currently the largest in Sikkim. It is home to the community of monks and where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. A golden stupa contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. Opposite that building is a college, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies.
Written June 5, 2022
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Bhikaji Deshmukh
Aurangabad District, India221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Rumtek Monastery also called the Dharma Chakra Centre. Very peaceful and beautiful monastery near Gangtok. Prayer wheels in and around the monastery looks attractive .Huge and beautifully constructed still well maintained
Written May 25, 2021
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Shanti D
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Its the largest monestary at Gangtok, located around 25 kms from Gangtok and is very beautifully maintained.

It also has the holy and beautiful Golden Stupa.

Do carry your voter id card to get entry. PAN Card and AADHAR card is not accepted anywhere in Sikkim.
Written March 13, 2020
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Pallavi
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We had an excellent guide who explained the history of the monastery and took are around. Recommend that you spend a few moments simply enjoying the peace and quiet at this hilltop monastery. There is quite a large presence of armed forces in and around the monastery.
Written April 10, 2023
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prashant_newaskar
Dallas, TX600 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Rumtek Monastery is located about one and half hours drive from Gangtok. It was originally built in 18th century by 9th Karmapa.

When 16th karmapa fled China in 1959 he came to Sikkim he decided to renovate the Rumtek Monastery which was in ruins although he was offered many other sites.

The golden stupa at the Rumtek Monastery has the relics of the 16th Karmapa.

The Monastery is located in beautiful surroundings. The Monastery itself has a beautiful and artistic construction. The walls are decorated with beautiful pairings.

It is one of the gorgeous Monasteries of Sikkim.
Written January 21, 2020
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ashish
Bengaluru, India288 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Not sure why this has a high rating, except perhaps because of religious reasons. I am visiting from a pure tourist perspective, albeit not atheist, so I will recommend you Ranka Monastery over this anytime.

Darshan hall is small and so is the overall compound. The scenery nearby isn't worth talking about, either. For reasons unknown, this has armed security and tickets to get in.
Written January 2, 2024
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Im_GPS
Bengaluru, India680 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is one of the oldest Buddhist Monastery in the middle of the hilly region in Gangtok. There are many students studying Buddhism from their childhood. This is a vast place with several pockets of buildings with something related to the Monastery. Has an ample parking space for your cab and has a nice coffee shop near this place. We enjoyed a nice coffee on a rooftop sitting area, to make this visit a memorable one.
Written June 7, 2023
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Harish R
Bengaluru, India418 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Rumtek is the seat of the Karmapa. As with all monastries, it is impeccably maintained and has fantastic Tibetan art all around. You need an original ID proof - DL or passport. You can see the Golden stupa. There is a cafe that will serve tea and noodles and snacks like biscuits etc. Don't miss.
Written April 6, 2015
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Kaushik G
Mumbai, India4,084 contributions
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Mar 2015 • Family
We visited this during our trip to Gangtok in March 2015.This is one of the famous Budhist Monastery located outside Gangtok.This place is secured by Indian army. All tourist vehicles are allowed till the entrance gate where one has to get down from the vehicle and walk up on a very steep road to reach the Monastery. But we had senior citizens in our group - therefore on request, army personel allowed our car to drop the senior citizens till the Monastery. I though enjoyed the uphill climb on foot.Once inside we admired the outside architecture of the Monastery and the decorations inside the main temple where photography is not permitted. The idol of Buddha was huge and in pure gold - it was mesmerizing but at the sametime very peacefull.
Written April 20, 2015
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david2014515
Pune, India37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
An hours taxi drive from Gangtok, the Rumtek Monastery is a good place to visit for the serene atmosphere, lovely views and of course to see the Monastery. It is a 10 min walk uphill from the main gate to the Monastery itself but not too difficult,
Written April 10, 2015
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