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Rumtek

Rumtek Monastery In Sikkim

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    Rumtek

    Rumtek is located approximately 23 kilometres from the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok. Rumtek is famous for housing the gorgeous Rumtek Monastery, which is picturesquely perched on the hill facing Gangtok. Rumtek is a tranquil getaway and also houses the Rumtek Monastery also known as the seat of His Holiness. The monastery belongs to the Gyalwa Karmapa of the Kargyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The roads that lead to Rumtek are winding and meander through picture-perfect quiet and quaint Sikkimese hamlets and acres of unending lush green paddy fields. The paddy fields assume the nature of a green carpet during the crop growing seasons of July to September and also in October-November. The entire mountain slope is a spectacular sight to watch during these specific months of the year as the glistening golden paddy sways in breeze.

    Rumtek is spellbinding with unending lush green undulating hilly terrains, a stunning topography and mystic mountains. The travellers in search of a quiet terrain in a solitary corner of the earth, especially on the mountain top have the option to visit Rumtek for the most novel and tranquil holiday experience. Rumtek also draws a lot of adventurous spirits who indulge in thrilling exploits such as white water rafting and challenging trekking expeditions. The lovers of beauty and nature can take local sightseeing trips within Rumtek.

    There are monastery tours that present a lot of local charm to the visitors. The main attraction of Rumtek is definitely the Rumtek Monastery, which is the largest and hence most discussed monastery of Sikkim. This exquisite monastery is the seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa belonging to the Kargyu sect of Buddhism. The monastery showcases the best of Tibetan architecture and has been built in close resemblance to the original monastery in Tsurpu located in Tibet. The monastery is widely known for being centre for Kargyu teachings. It possesses some of the rarest of Buddhist religious artefacts that can be found in the whole world.

    Just ahead of the monastery in the same route another major attraction is located a bit further off from the Rumtek Monastery — Nehru Botanical Garden. The garden boasts of a lush greenery that emanates from a pleasant mix of tropical and temperate plants and trees. The garden has a delightful and huge greenhouse of exotic orchids. The garden forms a pleasant resting and relaxing destination. It is a chilled out and happy family place provided with a small playground with swings and a see-saw for children. A winding footpath present in the garden sets up an ideal strolling venue.

    Rumtek, being a popular hub for Sikkim tourism sees a lot of travellers all round the year. It has a wide variety of stay options catering to all tastes and budget. The lodges near the monastery are budget options. Also, there are a large number of scenic and luxurious tourist resorts, all complete with modern amenities and located among the best of nature’s haven.

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