Monasteries

The secluded green valleys of Sikkim are cuddled in the lap of the Himalayas. As soon as one lands in Sikkim, they get the feeling of walking on the green carpets, floating clouds, gigantic mountains, and seamless paths dotted with colorful Tibetan prayer flags. Feast your eyes on the golden hues of Kanchenzdonga while you discover splendid waterfalls, sacred lakes, picturesque village scenes and sequestered monasteries.

The monasteries in Sikkim can soothe one's soul with every bit of spirituality. Some of the famous monasteries in Sikkim are Pemayangtse Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, Enchey Monastery, Phensang Monastery, Phodang Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Sanga Chelling Monastery, etc. As per the latest report, there are more than 200 monasteries in Sikkim and most them pass under the judgement of the Nyingma and Kagyu which not only influences cultural heritage but lifestyle of the people as well. It also demonstrates about the ancient rituals and rules which are in vogue.

Monks dressed in red robes, chanting hymns to the rhythm of drums and trumpets while soft lights flicker from decorative lamps placed before statues of the great Guru Padmasambhava. One can feel the peace and closeness to the almighty at this place as the sacred words mingle with the whirring prayer wheels. The exteriors of the monasteries are adorned with the religious Gompas. One can see that the Gompas are decorated with frescoes of hoary Buddhist legends, rare silk and brocade Thangkas. Also preserved here are ancient Tibetan manuscripts, exquisitely carved wood work and icons of silver and gold. Perched on a hill top above Gangtok, these monasteries are rare sites.