Rumtek is heritage, traditional, cultural and religious center of Sikkim, located on 5085 ft above sea level, distance only 25 kms from Gangtok. Rumtek is famous for Rumtek Monastery is a Gompa also known as Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center. Current Monastery was built in 1960 after the original was destroyed in the earthquake. An old monastery situated on one and a half kilometers away at Lower Rumtek. Travelers are normally visited Rumtek as sight seen from Gangtok, I will suggest to spend a couple of days at Rumtek to feel peace of silence and understand the Buddhist culture. Rumtek has so many natural resources other than monastery.
One after another evergreen bushes on the slopes of the mountain, gold plated turret is shinning on lush green background. Take a tour to Orchidarium of forest department on the way to Rumtek, only fourteen kilometers from Gangtok. Many different species of orchids and tropical trees can be seen at Orchidarium. Visit Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden just one and a half kilometer before reaching Rumtek, there are many known and unknown plants, mountain flowers and orchids. You also can a short trek to Khola Water Garden just four kilometers before Rumtek through cardamom garden. Other nearby attraction of Rumtek is Ranka Gompa and Teen Taley.
Sungay House: This guest house cum homestay located just few yards away from the main entrance of Rumtek Monastery. The home is managed by a local family, they lives just in the next building. They provides 3 wooden flooring rooms with clean beds and awesome food. Tariff starting at Rs.500 per night with double occupancy. Rooms are very well furnished and come with attached bath and hot showers. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served. If available then ask for rooms with balconies which have views of the valley towards Gangtok.
Waterfall Homestay: This homestay located in Rumtek near the monastery in a very quiet, peaceful and magical place, nestled in dense forest. Two brothers Deepak and Bhusan runs the homestay, you can feel home away home with wooden panelled rooms and simple but delicious food.
Mustard Seed Farmstay: If you are looking for luxury accommodation in Rumtek then Mustard Seed Farm stay is good staying option only 10 mins of driving distance . They provides luxury huts with Kitchen, wooden planks made double bedded room, Front balcony and attached toilet/bath. Tariff starts from Rs.2500 without tax.
Kunga Delek Hotel: You also can stay at monastery's own hotel in Gangtok, opposite the entrance to the courtyard with small clean rooms, attached bathroom, nice views and good food.
How to Reach
Rumtek situated on 24 kms away from capital Gangtok, Sikkim and 115 kms away from Siliguri of West Benagal. Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and nearest airport is Bagdogra (IXB). Direct taxis/cars are available from Siliguri and Bagdogra through Sevoke road, Teesta Bazar, Rangpo, Singtam and Ranipool.
Public transports are also available to Rumtek from Gangtok. Shared jeeps are available from taxi stand just below MG Marg, near police head quarter and cost will be around Rs.30 to Rs.50. Gangtok to Rumtek bus service also available but not frequent.
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Best Season to Visit
Rumtek can be seen throughout the year but September to April is best best seson to visit Rumtek.