Rumtek Monastery
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Freeze, time! Hello serenity :-)
This was my first time inside a monastery and Rumtek Monastery made sure it was unforgettable. Coupled with the beauty of the nature around that Sikkim offers, this place took me to serenity, a kind of calmness and inner peace I never met before! Exaggerating as it ay sound but the feeling was so indescribable. Once in, I didn't come out for four straight hours and my driver outside was irate waiting that long. Its a half day trip from Gangtok, call a cab and discover shanti in the inner you. Right behind the monastery is the Nalanda institute for Buddhist studies, another colorful building as pretty as the monastery. Inside the monastery make sure you tour the terraces especially the one with the butter lamps. (they smell mmm!) And outside the monastery you can get some lovely little purses, accessories like mini to large prayer wheels (you are bound to see a lot of those in all the local vehicles)
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