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.
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