Rumtek is a town surrounded by thick forests located about 23km away from the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok. The town has become popular among tourists around the world due to the famous Rumtek Monastery which is significant among Tibetan Buddhists.
A drive to Rumtek takes you through a number of Sikkimese villages and paddy fields. During the months from July to September the paddy fields sport the look of a green carpet. These fields take a golden hue during the harvesting season which falls between October and November.
For The Adventurous to Explore…
Breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and green hilly terrains make the place a sight to behold. Rumtek offers lots of sightseeing opportunities with the town and the visitors can also opt for one day tours to the nearby places as well. To an adventure lover the place also provides enough of activities like white river rafting and trekking.
Tourist Attractions of Rumtek
The major attraction of the city of Rumtek is the Rumtek Monastery. The monastery is located on a hilltop which also gives great views of the nearby city of Gangtok. Visiting the monastery during peak seasons will give you insights into the Buddhist culture as many Buddhist pilgrims frequent this place during this time.
Another tourist attraction of Rumtek is the Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden which is located near the Rumtek Monastery. Lots of varieties of plants and Himalayan flowers are found here. The garden is maintained by the Forest Department of Sikkim Tourism.