24 km from Gangtok, Rumtek Monastery is the holy seat of XVIth Gyawla Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. The beautiful shrine and monastery located here are extremely popular among the Tibetan Buddhists. The Rumtek Monastery appears very serene in the beautiful background of majestic hills and beautiful waterfalls. The massive prayer hall inside the monastery is decorated with splendid murals, statues and 'Tangkhas'. It is the largest monastery in Sikkim and reflects best of Tibetan architecture.