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Famous Monasteries of Sikkim

Sikkimis a mesmerizing tourist destination of northeast India where tourists come from across the globe.
Set amidst the majestic Himalayas, this state has amazing attractions to offer.
Sikkim is famous for its salubrious climate, gorgeous landscapes, and beautiful monasteries.
Gangtok is its capital city.
Some of the famous monasteries of Sikkim are Rumtek Monastery: It is one of the most famous Tibetan Buddhism monasteries of the state located on a hill.
Overlooking the Gangtok city, it was constructed by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje in the 16th century.
It is surrounded by beautiful surroundings such as lovely streams and majestic mountains which makes it all the more charming.
It is the largest monastery in the state.
Adorned with beautiful murals, the monastery has a four-storied main temple with a golden sculpture on its roof.
Enshrined inside the monastery are the four statues of the guardians of the universe- Virupaksha, Virudaka, Dritarashtra and Vaishravana.
The festival of Dungdrub Puja is celebrated for several days with great enthusiasm in the fourth Tibetan lunar month.
Tashiding Monastery: Set in picturesque location between rivers against the backdrop of Kanchanjunga, this monastery is an important monastery of Sikkim.
It was constructed by Ngadak Sempa Chembo in the year 1717.
It houses a holy stone jar which always remain filled with sacred water and never runs dry.
Devotees come here from different parts of the country to sip the holy water.
The ceremony of Bumchu is the most important celebration here which is held on the 14th and 15th of the first Tibetan month.
It is believed that if one sees the sacred Chorten (stupa) inside the monastery then the bad karma of that person gets destroyed.
Enchey Monastery: Located 3 km from Gangtok, this monastery was built in 1901 on a hill.
It was built at the site which was blessed by Lama Druptab Karpo, the famous Tantrik of that time.
Lord Buddha, Loki Sharia and Guru Padmasambhava are worshipped inside the monastery.
Phesang Monastery: Located in a beautiful location, the monastery was built in 1721.
More than 300 monks live here.
It is famous for its annual celebration which is held on the 28th and 29th days of the tenth month of the Tibetan Calendar.

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