|In Gangtok [Elgin Nor-Khill] |
After breakfast city sightseeing of Gangtok i.e., Enchey Monastery - This Monastery is 200 years old monastery, which stands three kms away from the city centre. It is advisable to visit this monastery during December when the annual religious dances are performed. Lamas perform religious masked dances for 2 days at Enchey. This monastery was built on the site blessed by the great tantric master Lame Druptab Karpn, known for his flying powers. Deer Park Tibetology - The Vanasthalipuram deer park - Mahavira Harina Vanasthali is named after the renowned Indian saint “Lord Mahavir” in commemoration of his 2500th birth anniversary in the year 1975. Vana means forest, sthali means place and puram is locality or site. Once the nizam's shikargarh or hunting grounds, the Mahavir Harina Vanasthali national park, is today home for a few hundred black bucks along with several species of birds A deer park was set up in order to preserve this precious heritage and rehabilitate. Cottage industry - Institute of Cottage Industries is situated on the main road above the town, which is specialized in the production of hand-woven carpets, blankets, shawls, Lepcha weaves, patterned decorative paper and 'choktse' tables exquisitely carved in relief.
Afternoon return excursion to Rumtek Monastery (24 kms. away from Gangtok - Embodies the vision and aspiration of the Sixteenth Karmapa, Rang Jung Rigpe Dorje, to establish his seat-in-exile to help spread the teachings of the Buddha throughout the world. The monastery, the largest in Sikkim, is home to the monks’ community, the place where they perform the sacred rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Many sacred objects are housed within the complex, and one of the most magnificent is the Golden Stupa, which contains the precious relics of His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa. Overnight stay at hotel [B, D]