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Enchey Monastery in Gangtok

·  Summer: 10 to 28° C (Pleasant)
·  Winter: 4 to 16° C (Cold)
·  Monsoon: July to September (Heavy Rainfalls)

Best time to visit:  September to June

Opening Time: 9:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 6:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Sunday

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Known to be amongst the oldest (about 200 years old) and most important monasteries in Sikkim, Enchey Monastery is stationed on a hilltop in Gangtok. Also means Solitary Temple, Enchey Monastery houses about 90 monks.
The uniqueness of the monastery is that it is built on the site that was blessed by Lame Druptab Karpn, an expert Tantrik who is renowned for his flying power. The monastery houses the images of Gods and Goddesses, but the main idols worshipped here are Buddha, Loki Sharia and Guru Padmasambhava.
The monastery holds special prayers each year on the 18th and 19th day of the 12th lunar month of the Tibetan calendar. Tourists can enjoy the famous and most colourful “Chaam” or religious masked dance held at the Monastery in January.
Visitors can choose to explore the nearby attractions like Nathula Pass, Changu Lake, Rumtek Monastery and Kanchenjenga National Park.

Road: The Monastery is well-connected by road from neighbouring cities like Siliguri (about 115 km.), Darjeeling (about 98 km.) and Bagdogra (about 124 km. ). Private tourist buses are also available from these cities.

Railway: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (about 122 km.) is the nearest railhead to reach the Enchey Monastery. The railway station is connected well to most of the major cities in India.

Airway: Bagdogra Airport (about 126 km.) is the nearest air station to reach the Enchey Monastery. Regular flights from Guwahati, Delhi and Kolkata are available for the location. You can hire a private cab from the airport.