Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Sikkim Travel Part 7: Sikkim, A Land Of Monasteries

Sikkim is home to about 200 Buddhist monasteries with some dating back to the 17th century.The main religion is however Hinduism not Buddhism.

1. Enchay Monastery
This monastery is built on a ridge of a hill in Gangtok City. It was undergoing refurbishment during our visit.
It is through this consistent preservation effort that monasteries like this continue to display its artwork at the vibrant best.

Little monks at Enchay monastery.

Do Drul Chorten
The Do Drul Chorten is a famous stupa in Gangtok. Inside the stupa are a complete set of Buddhist relics, mantras and other religious objects.
A group of devotees waiting outside the temple.
Just like most other monasteries, the road up Do Drul Chorten is a very steep one.

Tsuglakhang Monastery And Temple
Tsuglakhang Monastery, also called The Royal Chapel was built in 1898. This was where all royal functions like coronation of a new king or wedding ceremony of a royal family member used to take place. On the day we visited there was a long queue of people (300 metres or so) waiting to receive blessing from the monks. 
The sight of multi-coloured prayer flags fluttering is not only common around monasteries but in the city itself.

Related Posts:
Sikkim Travel Part 1: Introducing Sikkim
Sikkim Travel Part 2: The Journey From Darjeeling Into Sikkim
Sikkim Travel part 3: The Colours Of Rumtek Monastery.
Sikkim Travel Part 4: Lodging At Elgin Nor-Khill
Sikkim Travel Part 5: Flower Exhibition Centre In Gangtok
Sikkim Travel Part 6: A Bird's Eye View Of Gangtok
Sikkim Travel Part 8: MG Marg, The Most Happening Place In Gangtok
Sikkim Travel Part 9: A Visit To Gangtok Market
Sikkim Travel Part 10: We Found The Best Momos
Sikkim Travel Part 11: Gangtok Photo Gallery

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