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Monasteries in East Sikkim

Pemayangtse Monastery
Located at a distance of 140 kms from the capital city, this monastery is at Gyalshing in West Sikkim. Belonging to the Nyingma order, this monastery is subordinated by several others. Apart from its religious significance, the monastery is also well known for its scenic location as it commands an impressive view of Mount Khanchendzonga.


Rumtek Monastery
A half an hour's drive through the beautiful landscapes and mountains will take one to the monastery. The Rumtek Dharma Chakra centre at 24 kms from Gangtok was built in 1960s by his holiness the late 16th GYALWA KARMAPA during the period of his refuge in Sikkim after the Chinese attack. Some of the most unique art objects, ancient manuscripts and icons of the world are housed in this monastery.


Enchey Monastery
A 200 year old structure situated in Gangtok on a hill top blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his flying powers is known as Enchey Monastery. Built in the reign of Thutob Namgyal, it is an important seat of the Nyingma order. The monastery houses various images of Gods and goddesses along with several religious objects. A religious masked dance or 'Chaam' is performed here in January here.


Phensang Monastery
Built in 1721 by Jigme Pawo in the Northern part of Sikkim, this monastery was totally devastated by fire in 1947 and was rebuilt in 1948. Around 300 monks under the monastery celebrate their annual function in the month of December.


Phodong Monastery
Home to around 260 monks, the most beautiful monastery in Sikkim is the Phodong Monastery. 28 kms from Gangtok, in the Northern region of the state, this monastery has been rebuilt. Ancient wall paintings are stored in this monastery that is put on display during its annual festival. Religious dances are an integral part of this festival.


Tashiding Monastery
Nestled on a hilltop looming between the Rathong and the Rangit rivers, the Tashiding Monastery is around 40 kms from Gyalshing by road. Lying in the Western part of Sikkim, this monastery belonging to the Nyingmapa order is bordered by a plethora of Prayer flags that keep fluttering in the air.


Dubdi Monastery
Built in 1700 near Yuksam on a hilltop, the Dubdi Monastery was established soon after the consecration of Phuntsog Namgyal, the first Chogyal of Sikkim in 1641 A.D. Dubdi literally means 'The Retreat' and can only be reached by foot.