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Rumtek

The drive to Rumtek snakes through typical Sikkimese villages and many paddy fields. The paddy fields resemble a green carpet from July to September and later in October-November, the entire place is a sight to behold with golden paddy swaying in the breeze.

The lush green hilly terrain, a breathtaking topography and misty mountains makes Rumtek an ideal place for some quiet time. Rumtek offer a host of sightseeing opportunities. These include local sightseeing within Rumtek, one day tours to places around Rumtek, monastery tours and adventurous exploits such as white water rafting and trekking.

The main attraction, however, is the Rumtek Monastery; seat of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa of the Kargyu sect of Buddhism. The largest monastery in Sikkim, it demonstrates the best of Tibetan architecture and is an almost a replica of the original monastery in Tsurpu, Tibet. The monastery houses some of the rarest Buddhist religious art objects found in the world and is also a world renowned center for Kargyu teachings.

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