Dubdi Monastery


Dubdi Monastery, alternatively known as Yuksom Monastery, is a Buddhist shrine of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism near Yuksom. Established in the year 1701, during the reign of Chogyal Namgyal, is considered to be the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, carrying immense historical significance to it. The literal meaning of the word ‘Dubdi’ is ‘the retreat’ which clearly be seen authenticating itself through its mesmerising hilltop location amidst the thick chestnut forest. A fair walk to the monastery introduces you to the nature’s wonderland embellished with fine tall trees, gorgeous stoned path eventually leading to the panoramic view of the snow peaked mountains, and the far off valleys and greenery.

This elaborately painted two storied stone structure, stands at an altitude of 2,100 metres carrying images of divinities, saints, other symbols and collection of manuscripts and texts. Along with these, there are statues of three lamas positioned in the monastery, who worked towards the establishment of Yuksom. The ornamented bell shaped gilded dome on top of the roof is known as “Gyaltshen”. Dubdi is a sacred place named as the Hermit’s Cell after crowning of Phuntsog Namgyal as the first King or Chogyal of Sikkim at Norbugang Yuksom in the year 1642.