Situated on a hill top on the outer surface of Tibet, Rumtek Monastery is amongst the most eminent seats of the Kagyu ancestry. The monastery is also renowned as the Dharma Chakra Centre. It holds several things of historical importance, amongst which a glorious Golden Stupa is believed to contain the relics of Sixteenth Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, who had the ambition of spreading the teachings of Lord Buddha all across the world.
Due to its position and an elevation of about 5,800 ft above the sea level, summers are the hottest here with temperature ranging between 13°C to 21°C, whereas in winters it is around 8°C -15°C. Lying at a distance of about 24 km from Gangtok, it is a dwelling for numerous monks who come here from around the world. In fact it is the largest monastery in Sikkim and one can see monks practicing scared rites and preserving Karma Kagyu lineage.