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THE RUMTEK MONASTERY
About Rumtek Monastery
24 kms. from Gangtok in Sikkim, is the seat of his holiness, the XVIth
Gyawla Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. The
monastery Pemagyantse is 140 kms. West of Gangtok. The nearest airport to
Gangtok is at Bagdogra (124 kms.) and the nearest railhead is at Siliguri
(114 kms.) and New Jalpaiguri (126 kms.).
Rumtek is a famous monastery, all over the world, especially among the
Tibetan Buddhists, and is situated near Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.
Originally called the Dharma Chakra Centre, it includes a beautiful shrine
temple and a monastery for the monks. The 16th Karmapa built the monastery.
The place got an existence in the Buddhist pilgrimage map, especially after
Chinese habitation in Tibet and subsequent relocations of some Tibetan
religious gurus to Sikkim.
monastery was completed in 1966, in four years time, the foundation stone of
which was laid by the King of Sikkim. Thus, it is obvious that the Buddhists
consider the place as highly pristine.
Location and configuration
Situated at a distance of 24 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and at
an altitude of 5800 ft, the Rumtek monastery is one of the best locations
for a quite and peaceful atmosphere. The whole set is composed of the main
shrine-temple, the monastery, a retreat centre, a monastic college (Shedra),
a nuns' hostel, some stupas, a protectors shrine, other establishments for
the community and other religious institutions.
(Sikkim is a northeastern state, with the second highest literacy rate in
Besides the luxuriously sprawling green landscape, and a mild weather,
smiling people, traditions that touch the conscience and the beautiful
monastery, there is some important Buddhist institutions in the place.
Bagdogra, in West Bengal is the nearest Airport, at
a distance of 124 km. Helicopter Service: To cover the civil flights, there
is daily helicopter service available which fly between Bagdogra and
Siliguri (114 km) or New Jalpaiguri (NJP/ 125 km)
could serve well for Rumtek.
Sikkim is well connected through good concrete
roads with Guwahati, Besides, regular bus service is available from
Bagdogra, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Calcutta.
Foreign tourists might need to obtain a permit, to visit
Sikkim, which are easily available in major cities, including Siliguri.