As action packed this Northeastern state of Sikkim can be, dotted with emerald forests, lofty mountains, high altitude lakes and glaciers, it holds a strong spiritual tone as well. It is a destination that have in hand a multitudinous monasteries blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, a great Buddhist saint who influenced the lifestyle and culture of the Sikkimese people. There are 200+monasteries in Sikkim with the first one built in Dubdi and Sanga Choling close to Yuksom. An ideal Buddhist Circuit tour in Sikkim includes a visit of monasteries like Pemayangtse in Pelling, Rumtek and Enchey Monasteries in Gangtok, and Phensang, Labrang and Phodong Monasteries on North Sikkim Highway. Buddhist is so deeply routed in Sikkim that one can find monasteries even in the most dense forest areas, most of which are only accessible through trekking.
The most popular pilgrimage sites composing the Buddhist Circuit tour in Sikkim are Gangtok, Pelling, Yuksom, Namchi, Ravangla, Aritar, Mangan and Lachen. Amongst one of the best Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Sikkim is Namchi, where Samdruptse, a magnificent 135 feet high statue of Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rimpoche is erected. Other than monasteries, Sikkim comprises of sacred Buddhist sites in the form of lakes, caves, stupas decorated with fluttering colourful prayer flags, adding to the spiritual ambiance. Buddhist Lake like Khecheopalriin western Sikkim and the high altitude lake, Gurudongmar surrounded bysnow-covered mountain are amongst the most sacred lakes in Sikkim that have also been blessed by Guru Rimpoche.