Wednesday, 29 June 2016


About Monasteries: Sikkim's is having about 200 monasteries or Gompas belonging to the Nyingma and Kagyu order have not only been influencing the cultural heritage and lifestyle of the people, but also demonstrates the ancient rituals in practice. Rumtek Monastery also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a Monastery or  gompa located in the Indian state of Sikkim near the capital Gangtok. It is a focal point for the sectarian tensions within the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism that characterize the Karmapa controversy.<>

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Nathula by passNathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. And the part is this that only citizens of India can visit the pass, and then only after obtaining a permit in Gangtok. Nathu La is one of the three open trading border posts between China and India; the others being Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh at trisection point of Uttarakhand-India, Nepal and China. The opening, however, shortens the travel distance to important Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the region<>.

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About Gangtok: Gangtok is the capital and the largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim. Gangtok is at the centre of Sikkim's tourism industry. Gangtok rose to prominence as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840. The meaning of the name "Gangtok" is unclear, though the most popular meaning is "hill top". Now a days Gangtok is a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning, with the presence of several monasteries, religious educational institutions, and centres for Tibetology.<> 

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