Rumtek Monastery or Dharmachakra Center is the most significant Buddhist monastery of all. At 24 Km from Gangtok, it is a home to a community of Buddhist monks. Originally built in 1740 by the 12th Karmapa Lama but went into ruins due to the Chinese revolution. The 16th Karmapa Lama after fleeing from Tibet rebuilt it in 1979 which stands with glory till date.
The main building is three stored structure where the ground floor is for prayer hall. Nalanda Institute of Higher Buddist Studies is neighboring the Rumtek Monastery. Photography is not allowed. In front of the Nalanda Institute, a golden stupa contains the relics of 16th Karmapa Lama.
A few meters from the Nalanda Institute a birds aviary is taken care of. A small hike uphill has vantage points where you have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Gangtok city.
Team Vihari and Karuna Bushan, our host experienced true silence and the essence of a Buddist monastery.