Rumtek Sikkim India
Black Hat Rumtek
Rumtek, 24km from Gangtok at an altitude of 1500m, is the headquarters for the Kargyu-pa (“Black Hat”) order of Tibetan Buddhism. The Rumtek Monastery was founded in 1740 and was rebuilt after an earthquake destroyed it in the 1960s. It is designed in the traditional style after the principal Kargyu-pa monastery in Chhofuk, Tibet, with detailed woodwork and paintings. In a back room are impressive golden statues of the 16th Gwalpa, who left Tibet after the Chinese invasion.