Major Airports: Bagdogra Airport (Domestic) Best time: October to May
Often called as Ari Gumpa among travellers, it is located at a hilltop nearby to Mankhim. This monastery is nestled in a lofty Himalayan Ranges and is considered to be one of the oldest in Sikkim undoubtedly famous for its beautifully carved traditional architecture making it an alluring pilgrimage site.
Yes, a Prominent tourist destination, which cannot be missed in your itinerary, if you actually want to explore the Buddhist culture, do not miss to visit Gumpa Monastery. This sacred monastery has an extensive assemblage of ancient manuscripts, murals, artefacts, paintings, that belongs to the Karma Kagyu lineage, of Tibetan Buddhism. No wonder, Mankhim itself is such a tranquil place and sharing the same land, muddle up the soothing hush in the aura.
One can also spot the newly built human-made lake, (Ghati-Tso) where tourist can enjoy a boating, and even traverse through the local villages close by that can interact with people there and learn about the fascinating culture, traditions and scrummy local dishes too.
You can hire a cab to reach this sacred monastery, it takes 4 hours drive to reach the destination from Gangtok via Pakong. Readily accessible from Siliguri Airport and New Jalpaiguri Railway Station.