Gangtok, the capital of the north-east state of Sikkim, is a picturesque hill station that attracts tourists from across the country. Situated at an elevation of around 1650 m, this town is home to some of the famous Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the country. Some of these holy places are Enchey Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, Dro-dul Chorten and Sang Monastery. Another important place that is worth-visiting is Phensang Monastery, which is located at a distance of about 9 km from the town of Gangtok. If you wish to come to this and other monasteries situated in and around this town, then look for an India holidays package that includes trips to this place.
Constructed in the year 1721, this monastery is of the Nyingmapa Order. This holy place was completely destroyed after a fire broke out in 1947. It was rebuilt the following year with support from Lamas and their disciples. Today, this holy place is home to about 300 monks. The annual festival of this monastery takes place in the tenth month of the Tibetan calendar, which usually corresponds with the December month. Also, a couple of days prior to the Sikkimese New Year, the famous Kagyad dance is performed in the monastery. The dance celebrates the emergence of prosperity and peace and destruction of evil. Though you can pay a visit to this place in any season, the ideal time is considered to be from the months of March to May and then from October to December.
How to Reach
The closest airport to this sacred Buddhist shrine – the Bagdogra Airport is at a distance of about 124 km in the state of West Bengal. While the nearest railway station is at Siliguri, which is around 114 km away. In case you are looking for a package deal that includes travel facilities to this town, besides accommodation and sightseeing, then choose to go for a Gangtok tour package.