Sikkim has near about 200 monasteries or Gompas
belonging to the Nyingma and Kagyu order have not only
been influencing the cultural heritage and lifestyle of
the people, but also demonstrates the ancient rituals in
practice. Devoted Lamas robed in red, chant ancient
mantras to the rhythm of drums and trumpets while soft
lights flicker from decorative lamps placed before
statues of the great Guru Padmasambhava. Feel the peace
and quiet of being one with nature and close to the
almighty as sacred words mingle with the whirring prayer
wheels. The Gompas are adorned with life-like 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.
Monastery is situated in West Sikkim at Gyalshing (140
kms. from Gangtok) and commands an impressive view of
Mount khanchendzonga. This monastery belongs to the
Nyingma order and all other Nyingma monasteries in
Sikkim are subordinate to it.
24 Kms. from Gangtok, a drive through beautiful
countryside takes one to Rumtek Dharma Chakra centre
built in 1960'S by his holiness the late 16th GYALWA
KARMAPA when he took refuge in Sikkim after the Chinese
occupation of Tibet. It houses some of the worlds most
unique art objects, ancient manuscripts and icons.
This monastery was built in 1721 during the time of
Jigme Pawo. In 1947 it was completely gutted by a
devastating fire. However it was rebuilt in 1948. It is
present in North Sikkim.
This monastery is in North Sikkim 28 kms. from Gangtok.
The original monastery is rebuilt and is today one of
the most beautiful monasteries in Sikkim.
is another important monastery belonging to the
Nyingmapa order and is about 40 Kms. from Gyalshing by
road via Legship (West Sikkim). It lies nestled on the
top of a hill that looms up between the Rathong river
and the Rangit river and is surrounded by a profusion of
Prayer flags that flutter in the air.
Sanga choeling means ' the island of esoteric teaching'.
This monastery was built in 1697 and is situated about 7
kms. from Pemayangste. It is said to be the oldest
monastery in Sikkim.
Dubdi means 'the retreat' and this monastery was built
in 1700. It is located near Yuksum on a hill top. One
has to travel by foot to reach it.
This monastery is located just above the famous
Khechopelri Lake (wish full filling lake) near Yukusm.
Melli basically means 'a lepcha village'. This monastery
is also located near Yuksum.
Sinon means 'the suppressor of intense fear'. The
monastery was built in 1716 and is located about 10 kms.
from Tashiding on a hill top.
Dalling means 'the thunderbolt'. This monastery was
built in 1840 and is situated near Kewzing .
An important seat of the Nyingma order, the Enchey
Monastery is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptob
Karpoa tantric master known for his power of flying.
This monastery in North Sikkim was built in 1721 during
the time of Jigme Pawo. In 1947 it was completely gutted
by a devastating fire. However it was rebuilt in 1948
thangs largely to the devotion of the Lamas and the
unstinted spot of the laity.
Yangyang means 'the ridge of fortune'. This monastery
was built in 1840 and is situated at a place called
Yangyang 10 kms. downhill from Rabongla.
This monastery is located in Namchi, the district
headquarters of south district and was constructed
during the reign of Chogyal Gurmed Namgyal.
This monastery is located near Kwezing in South Sikkim.
It was built during the reign of Chogyal Thutob Namgyal.
This monastery is situated in near Singtam town. It was
built during the reign of Chogyal Tsudphud Namgyal.
HEE GYATHANG MONASTERY
This monastery is located in and follows the Nyingma
sect of Buddhism.
This monastery is located in the Dzongu area of North
This monastery is located near Phensang which is on the
highway between Gangtok and Mangan. It was built during
the reign of Chogyal Tshudphud Namgyal .
This monastery is located in about 63 kms. from Gangtok.
This monastery is located in East Sikkim near Pakyong.
The present structure of the monastery was built during
the reign of Chogyal Thutob Namgyal.
This monastery was constructed in 1952 and follows the
Nyingma sect of Buddhism. It is situated in South Sikkim
This monastery in North Sikkim was built in 1806 and
follows the Nyingma sec of Buddhism.
This monastery in North Sikkim was built in Sikkim 1880
and also follows the Nyingma sect of Buddhism.
This monastery is situated near Rumtek and was built in
This monastery is situated near Rabongla in South