Set on a hilltop, on the outskirts of Gangtok, the Enchey Monastery is more than 200 years old. The word 'Enchey' means a  solitary temple, and the monastery is a vibrant spectacle surrounded by rolling greens.

While the present structure was built during 1909-1910 under the rule of Sidkeong Tulku, Namgyal ruler of Sikkim in 1919, the original structure is much older and was installed by Lama Druptob Karpo. Lama Karpo was a tantric master, who was supposedly renowned for his ability to fly. It is believed that on his way from Maenam Hill, he stopped here, built a small hermitage for personal use to meditate and gave structure to the monastery. Lord Buddha, Loketeswara and Guru Padmasambhava are deities worshipped here.  

During the 12th lunar month (January) of the Tibetan calendar, on the 18th and 19th days, the vibrant dance of chaam is held at the monastery where  monks wear masks and participate in religious celebrations. Another famous festival held here is Pang Lhabsol, during which the Bhutia and Lepcha communities come together to swear blood-brotherhood, with the mighty Kanchenjunga bearing witness to this pledge. 

Here, the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism is followed. Currently, there are about 90 monks residing in this monastery, which is very peaceful, and allows visitors to meditate in serenity, amidst stunning surroundings.

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