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Ranka Monastery, Gangtok

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#2 of 8 in Historic Sites in Gangtok
Nestled within a hilly region, Ranka Monastery exudes peace and serenity. Just an hour's drive from Gangtok, the Tibetan Buddhist monastery lies mostly open to the public. Explore the quiet premises, admire the intricate and imposing buildings, and view the large gold-plated statue of Buddha in the main prayer hall. Strolling the hills and courtyards you can find panoramic viewpoints, observe training sessions, or photograph the attractive setting. Take the guesswork out of planning a Gangtok vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Ranka monastry should be a must see destination for tourists who visit Gangtok. It is quite a good drive with good views along the hills, reaching there you get a sense of peace and calm. You can visi...  more »
  • Loved the place. Beautiful place hustled by young monks. Was fortunate to be in time for the prayers. The road from Gangtok is being repaired, it took us ages to reach it. The golden stupa was also ni...  more »
  • Nice place, beautiful architecture and peaceful to worship and meditate. Facilities like, food stall and wash room are available.  more »
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  • This is a new Monastery compared to Rumney Monastery.It has a beautiful Tibetan architecture.Peace of mind is guaranteed in this Monastery.
  • Ranka Monastery (also known as Lingdum Monastery) which is located about 20kms from Gangtok town is one of the most wonderful monasteries in east Sikkim. The monastery is spread out in a vast area with great scenic views. It's surrounded by forested mountains in all sides. This in my view has to be one of the most picture perfect monasteries in east Sikkim. Once you reach the car park, you will see series of prayer wheels fixed on a long wall. Enter through the main entrance into a large courtyard having a tall pillar like structure in the middle. The surrounding 2-storey building along the periphery of the courtyard has several classrooms where the young lamas undergo training. During breaks, the courtyard gets full with the young monks wearing their red & saffron robes ... it's a wonderful sight to see them so active, not only learning ways of Buddhism but also actively participating in upkeep of the monastery. Stairways from the courtyard lead up to the inner sanctum at an upper level. This is where the main monastery building is located. You can see the receding terraces of the building which ends with a beautiful pagoda top. As you enter the prayer room you will see a huge golden statue of Buddha right ahead. There are low tables lying in rows where the lamas read their prayer books. The walls have intricate hand paintings and thankas hanging on them. There is an wooden donation box at the entrance to the prayer hall. Up on a hill and behind the main building, there is a retreat center where the lamas meditate.
  • Large and beautiful monastery, architecture looks like in Bhutan. Has a small restaurant and gift shop were next to monastery.
  • I am proud to be I was student of lingdum monastery it is amazing place....
  • Religious peaceful place

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