Monday, May 8, 2017

Rumtek

Rumtek is located at a distance of 23 kms from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. It is 5500 feet above sea level on a hill facing the city of Gangtok. 



When Chinese occupied Tibet, the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje arrived in India in 1959 and chose this beautiful place over all other sites, as his main seat in exile.



One can reach this place by driving on the winding roads through paddy fields and small villages. The lush green hilly terrain and misty mountains makes this small place an ideal place for some quiet time.



The main attraction is the Rumtek Monastery, seat of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa of the Kargyu sect of Buddhism. Also inside the complex there is a Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Buddhist Studies.



How to Reach: We had visited this place during our stay in Gangtok. We went here early in the morning as it is just 23 kms from the city.

20 comments:

Al said...

What a beautiful place - you got some fine photos here.

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful place. Nice pics.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Wow...

Jeevan said...

A beautiful place and well settled atop the mountain with serene spread along. Lovely shots and view

Maggie said...

If one has to be exiled I cannot imagine a more beautiful place in the world to be.
Happy MM, Rajesh

R Niranjan Das said...

nice captures.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a beautiful place to have a Buddhist Temple, even if it is in exile! There is a very large Buddhist Center in Denver, Colorado, but it looks very much like an office building on an urban street.

Pietro Brosio said...

Wonderful views of Rumney, so beautiful the Monastery.

krishna said...

Beautiful picture from the hill..

riitta k said...

The Rumtek Monastery must be a fabulous sight and so interesting to visit!

Jim said...

It looks like a great place.

Lady Fi said...

Wow - such a beautiful temple!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful temple, such ornate detail.

TeamG square said...

Lovely Place.

carol l mckenna said...

Another beautiful temple ~ great photos ~ thanks,

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

photowannabe said...

This place looks RESTFUL.

Roger Owen Green said...

a beautiful city
ROG, ABCW

zongrik said...

gorgeous

Melody Steenkamp said...

wonderful buildings, intriguing surroundings too

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice photos! I guess if I had to be in exile, this would be a nice place to do it.