Lingdum Monastery is located near Ranka, about an hour's drive from Gangtok, Sikkim. It was completed in 1999 and follows the Zurmang Kagyu sect of the ancient school of Tibetan Buddhism. It is under the spiritual direction of H. E. Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche, who is the 12th successive successor of the Kagyu sect.
Lingdum Monastery is also called Ranka Lingdum or Pal Zurmang Kagyud Monastery. The monastery symbolizes the Tibetan Buddhist architecture and an eye catching portion is its tip carved with parasols, finials and pagoda roofs over a vast courtyard.
The site has been the shooting spot for many movies. A gigantic statue of Lord Buddha, with a height of five meter, sits at the end of the prayer hall, where monks sit in rows reading their prayer books. The walls of the hall display hand paintings, with thangkas hanging around them. The retreat center situated on a hillock behind the monastery is another interesting place not to be missed where the monks go away to meditate.
Visitors can move freely about the location, and interact and take pictures with friendly monks. You can also grab a bite to eat at the cafeteria within the monastery campus, which serves luscious Chinese, North Indian and Tibetan cuisine.
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