Enchey Monastery in Gangtok is a very sacred and beautiful place of worship in Gangtok. Set up at the capital of Sikkim in the year 1909, it is constructed on a scenic hill above Gangtok from where one can enjoy a spectacular view of Mount Kanchenjunga.
According to a legend, this monastery which belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism is present in a location that was blessed by Lama Drupthob Karpo – an expert in a tantric art of Buddhism with flying powers and that he set a small monastery in the place, having come flying from the Maenam Hill in South Sikkim.
The name 'Enchey Monastery' means solitary monastery and yet another legend says that the place is sacred for the presence of the protecting deities – Khangchendzonga and Yabdean within the place. All these gripping legends have provided this beautiful place of worship, a special place in the hearts of the people of Gangtok and other devotees, who believe the powerful deities within the gompa will fulfill wishes of one and all.
The gompa is very decoratively constructed and has many attractive images of the deities inside. The main deities worshiped here are Loki Sharia, Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava. The gompa also includes an array of masks used for the annual religious dances and a library.
Unfortunately, the monastery suffered severe damages during the 2006 earthquake in Sikkim. The monastery celebrates a few important festivals every year. Some of them include the Detor Cham/Cham dance festival, Singhe Chaam and Pang Lhabsol.