There’s really nothing quite like a holiday where the focus is on reaching zen mode. And what better way to get there than to the sound of monastery belts and Tibetan chanting? If the treks through the gorgeous landscapes or city life aren’t what you had in mind, we highly recommend visiting some of the most beautiful and serene Buddhist monasteries in the area.
Pemayangste, the hilltop premier monastery in Sikkim, has a stunning view of the majestic Khangchendzonga range. It also houses some exceptional works of religious art, like thangka paintings and statues.
Known as the holiest monastery in the land, Tashiding was built in 1716. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche vowed to meditate where the arrow he shot fell, and that is where the monastery was built. It also contains the famous holy chorten (stupa) Thongwa Rangdol, a glimpse of which is believed to cleanse any soul.
Rumtek Monastery is the largest in Sikkim, and speaks volumes about the grandeur of Tibetan architecture. It is adorned with life-like frescoes of Buddhist legends, and is home to a variety of unique Tibetan scriptures, artifacts and artworks.
Tolung is admired by all as the most secluded of all monasteries in Sikkim. A strenuous trek through hills and forests brings one to its surreal doorsteps. What is special is that all the relics are sealed in boxes and only taken out for public display once in three years, making it a pilgrim favorite.
5) Labrang Monastery
The Labrang Monastery, located at 7000ft, is one of the most scenic monasteries of Sikkim. It is not only known for its surrounding natural beauty, but also houses a huge Buddha Sakya Muni statue, a Karma Guru statue and a Mahakala Statue among others. They say that many devotees get their wishes fulfilled after offering prayers here.