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10 Days Monastic Tour

 
 

Duration: 10Days / 9 Nights

 
 

Sikkim is a multi-racial and multi-religious State in which there are 83 Buddhist Monasteries,159 Mani Lhakhangs, 21 Lhakangs,11 Tsamkhangs or Mediation Centre, 35 Chortens or Stupas and Stone Carved Mendangs,1 Bon Gompa. Sikkim has thehighest number of monasteries in India belonging to different sects and the major one is the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, the seat of the Kagyu Order, which was built in 1960 after the arrival of his Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa.

 
     
 
Detailed Itinerary  
Day 01  
Bagodgra to Yuksom via Jorethang.06 Hrs Drive Overnight Hotel.  
Day 02  
: Visit to Dubdi monastery and Norbu gang in Yuksom.Overnight Hotel.  
Day 03  
Leave for Pelling via Khecheopalri lake.03 Hrs Drive Overnight Hotel.  
Day 04  
Visit to Pemayangtse Monastery to Rabdantse and Sanga choling monastery.  
Day 05  
Leave for Gangtok via Tashiding monastery , Ravangla to Temi tea garden. 05 Hrs Drive Overnight Hotel.  
Day 06  
Lingdum monastery , Do-Drul Chorten [stupa] and Rumtek monastery.  
Day 07  
Enchey monastery to Namgyal research institute of Tibetology.  
Day 08  
Kabi Longtsok, Phodong monastery and Labrang monastery and drive to Lachung.  
Day 09  
Visit Lachung monastery and drive back to Gangtok.  
YUKSOM  
   
This was the first capital of Sikkim, where according to the historical records, the first Chogyal of the kingdom of Sikkim was consecrated in 1641 A.D. by three learned lamas. The evidence of the consecration ceremony is still intact at Norbugang Chorten in the form of stone seats and a foot - print of the Head lama on a stone. Since the history of the state began from this place, these areas are now considered sacred by the people of Sikkim. Yuksom is served by all weather road from  
Pemayangtse, which is at a distance of 32 kms. From Yuksom, the trek to Dzongri and to the base came of the famous Mount Khangchendzonga begins. Several categories of accommodations are available in Yuksom for those desiring to spend a few days there
 
DUBDI MONASTERY  
This was the first monastery established soon after the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal. The monastery is located on a hill top above Yuksom surround by verdant forest. It can be approached by trekking only, negotiating steep slope for something like 32 to 35 minutes. It is an ideal place for lamas seeking meditational recluse.  
KHECHEOPALRI LAKE  
Khecheopalri lake is considered as one of the sacred lakes of this state both by the Buddhist and the Hindus. The lake remains hidden in the rich forest cover. It is believed that birds do not permit even a single leaf to float on the lake surface. There is a motor able road from Pemayangtse right up to the lake area.  
PEMAYANGTSE MONASTERY  
  Pemayangtse monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the state, originally established by Lhatsun chempo, one of the reverend lamas to have performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal [ religious monarch ] of Sikkim. This ancient monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and has been considered as one of the premier monasteries in the state, having been entrusted with the task to perform all religious functions of the erstwhile monarch.
 
Originally, it was established as a high class monastery for "Pure Monka" [Ta- sang]. Inside the monastery there is a wooden structure deputing the maha guru's heavenly palace (Sang-tok-palri), which is considered a masterpiece created by Late Dungzin Rimpoche.
The monastery, located on a hill top at an altitude of 6840 ft. commands a magnificent panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding hills and countryside.
A well-furnished Tourist Lodge is located just across the Monastery on a smaller hill top .
 
RABDENTSE RUINS  
This was the second capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Sikkim after Yuksom and till the year 1814 A.D., the king of Sikkim had ruled the State from this place. Toddy, the ruins lies hidden from the main road at a walking distance from the Tourist Lodge and the Pemayangtse Monastery. It can be approached by following a footpath .  
SANGACHOLING MONASTERY  
This Monastery is situated on a ridge above Pelling and the famous Pemayangtse Monastery. Built in 1697 A.D., it is considered to be one of the oldest monasteries in the State. In order to reach this Monastery one has to be prepared to spend at least 40 minutes walking up the steep hilly slope which leads through rich forest covers .  
TASHIDING MONASTERY  
This Monastery is constructed on top of a heart-shaped hill with the backdrop of the sacred Mt. Khangchendzonga. According to Buddhist scriptures, Guru Padma Sambhave (Guru Rimpoche) blessed the sacred land of Sikkim in 8th Century A.D. from the spot. The Monastery, however, was built in 18th Century A.D. by one Nadak Sempa Chempo, one of the three lamas who had performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal.  
 
Tashiding is also famous for the most holy Chorten known as "Thong-Wa-Rang- To" which literally means "Saviours by mere sight" It is believed that the mere act beholding it is supposed to wash away all the sins of the devotee. Another important feature of Tashiding is the sacred water festival popularly known as "Bhumchu". It is a religious tradition unique to Tashiding Monastery only. Every year, on the 15th day of the first Tibetan month, the Bhumchu Ceremony is celebrated with devotees coming from far and near to get the blessing of the holy water. The sacred holy water is officially sealed for safety by the Government and the lamas of the Monastery and it is taken out once a year on the auspicious occasion, only to be put back with some fresh additions. The sacred water which is taken out partly is mixed with normal water to be distributed among thousands of devotees .  
LACHUNG  
A Bhutia village with a unique local self governing body called the Zamsa which substitutes the Panchyat. Lachung has emerged as a tourist destination with the soaring popularity of Yumthang valley which is just 25 km away from Lachung. The village, spread out on either side of Lachung Chu, has managed on retain its unique culture and tradition. The Lachung Monastery on the slope opposite to the highway is a focal point of all religious functions of the local inhabitants. To get a glimpse of the religious functions performed on auspicious occasion a visit to the monastery should form part of the tour itinerary .  
YUMTHANG  
Yumthang, at an elevation of 11,800 ft, and 140 kms from Gangtok, is a paradise for nature lovers with a fascinating blend of flora and fauna and breathtaking scenic grandeur. The valley is also the home for Shingbha Rhododendron Sanctuary with 24 species of Rhododendrons. Yumthang "Tsa-Chu" or the hot spring on the left bank of Lachung Chu is immensely popular for its curative properties and healing power .  
PHODONG MONASTERY  
One of the six major monasteries in Sikkim, Phodong monastery is located in the North approximately 38 km from Gangtok. 4 km beyond Phodong is the recently-renovated Labrang Monastery. Unique in its architectural design  
 
RAVANGLA  
At the base of Menam Hill is Ravangla, a small township and transit to various tourist destinations in South and West Sikkim. It is also an up-coming tourist spot, and transit point for trekkers to Menam Hill and Borong. There are accommodation on facilities and numerous short nature trials. A trek down to the sacred cave " Shar Chok Bephu", one of the four holiest caves in Sikkim, would be a memorable experience...  
TEMI TEA GARDEN  
The one and the only Tea Estate existing in the State produces one of the top quality teas in the International Markedt. The Tea Garden is spread out on a gentle hill slope originating from the Tendong Hill and provides a magnificent view for the sounding villages. The visit to the factory could be eye opener for those wanting to know more about the tea processing methods. A night spent in an old British-built bungalow located just below the tea garden could be an enthralling experience of linking the past to the present.  
 
A visit to the garden, enroute to the Tendong Hill, could be a rewarding experience for those who want to combine nature and culture as they keep trekking...  
LINGDUM MONASTERY
  Lingdum Monastery is recently established spectacular work of act and culture. It is the seat of Zurmang Charwang Rimpoche. The present Gharwang Rimpoche is the XII successive incarnation in this lineage...
 
RUMTEK DHARMA CHAKRA CENTRE  
About 45 minutes drive from Gangtok, 24 km away, is the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, the seat of the Kagyu order, one of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist sects. Since the late 1960's, after the arrival of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the Center houses some of the world's most unique religious scriptures and religious are objects. Traditional in design, it is almost a replica of the original Kagyu headquarters in Tibet  
 
Behind the main monastery is the lavishly decorated Karma Nalanda Institute of Buddhist studies which attracts students from world over. Opposite the enlvance the institute is a small hall featuring a beautiful jewel studded Chorten the Golden Stupa, which contains the ashes and remains of this Holiness the XVI Gyalwa Karmapa  
ENCHEY MONASTERY  
  An important seat of the Nyingma order, the Enchey Monastery is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying. This 200 year old monastery has in its premises images of gods, goddesses and other religious objects. Every year around January 'Chaam' or religious masked dance is performed with great fanfare for two days. It is situated adjoining the siniolhu Tourist Lodge, 3 km from Gangtok town.
 
DO-DRUL CHORTEN [STUPA]  
The Do-drul Chorten or stupa was built by the venerable Trulshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1945. Inside this stupa, there are complete mandala sets of Dorjee Phurba [Bajra Kilaya], a set of kan-gyur relics [Holy Books], complete' Zung'[mantras] and other religious objects. Around this chorten, which is one of the most important stupas in Sikkim, are 108 Mani-Lhakor [prayer wheels]. These prayer wheels are turned by the devout Buddhist while chanting "Hail to the jewel in the Lotus", to invoke the Bodhisattva. The chorten is surrounded by chorten Lakhang and Guru Padmasambhava.  
NAMGYAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TIBETOLOGY [NRIT]  
The most prestigious of its king in India-this Buddhist Institute is a treasure trove of vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare Thangkas [Tapestries used in Buddhist liturgy] and has over 200 Buddhist icons and other prized objects of art. Today, it is a renowned worldwide centre for study of Buddhist Philosophy and religion  
KABI LUNGCHUNK  
This historical place is 17 km from Gangtok on the north Sikkim highway. This is where the historic treaty of blood brotherhood between the Lepcha Chief Te-Kung-Tek and the Bhutia chief Khey-Bum-sar was signed ritually. The spot where the ceremony took place is marked by a memorial stone pillar amidst the cover of dense forest.  
PHENSONG MONASTERY  
The place is situated on the gentle slope stretching from Kabi to Phodong with perhaps one of the best landscapes in the region. The Pensong Monastery , under the Nyingmapa Buddhist Order, was built in 1721 during the time of Jigme Pawo. It was gutted by fire in 1947 and rebuilt in 1948 through the efforts of the lamas. The annual festival of chaam is performed on the 28th and 29th days of the tenth month of Lunar calendar [Tibetan calendar]