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Rumtek is located at a distance of 23 kms from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. It is 5500 feet above sea level on a hill facing the city of Gangtok. 

When Chinese occupied Tibet, the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje arrived in India in 1959 and chose this beautiful place over all other sites, as his main seat in exile.

One can reach this place by driving on the winding roads through paddy fields and small villages. The lush green hilly terrain and misty mountains makes this small place an ideal place for some quiet time.

The main attraction is the Rumtek Monastery, seat of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa of the Kargyu sect of Buddhism. 

How to Reach: We had visited this place during our stay in Gangtok. We went here early in the morning as it is just 23 kms from the city.

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