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Rumtek Monastery / Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre

 A 24 km journey from Gangtok to the opposite hill the Rumtek Monastery or Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre is located which is the seat of the  Kagyu Order, one of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist seat. The original monastery was built by one of the Sikkim rulers. But after the arrival of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1960 from Tibet, he built the Dharma Chakra Centre replicating the original Kagyud headquerters in Tibet.

The centre houses of the monastery are the treasures of world’s  most unique scriptures and rare objects. Behind the main monastery, the lavishly decorated Karma Nalanda Institute of Buddhist  Studies, which attracts the students from all over the world. Rumtek  Monastery enshrines all the best in traditional Tibet monastic architecture.

 The religious dance called called the Tse-chu is performed on the 10th day of the 5th month of  Tibetan Calendar (May) and depicts events in Guru Rimpoche's life. A chamm or masked dance, representing the battle between good and evil, takes place 2 days before the Tibetan New Year  ( around late February or early March).
 On the way to Rumetk through the hamlets and the agricultural fields visitors can get an idea about the life style of the local people. On a clear day snow capped hills surrounding Tsomgo Lake are visible from here.
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