Tashiding Monastery reflects an old world charm and a serene ambiance that is ideal to seek some enlightenment and spirituality. The monastery binds the visitors with its attractive architecture and a snowy backdrop of grand mountain peaks. Along with being one of the oldest Buddhist Monasteries in Sikkim, it does make a destination not to be missed by the tourists. Tashiding Monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa order and was built in the 17th century on top of a hill between the two beautiful rivers, Rangit and Rathong. This popular monastery is believed to cleanse every sin of those seeking forgiveness and willing to repent. Tashiding Monastery is a must visit attraction for its festival, Bhumchhu, which is a sacred water ceremont that is celebrated joyously during the 14th and 15th day of the first month in Tibetan calendar. Surrounding the shrine are the fluttering prayer flags and holy stupas that are built for spiritual benefit of the devotees. Today, this monastery houses around 60 to 70 monks.
This monastery is located in the western Sikkim in Tashiding near Pelling; it is 40 kilometres from Gyalshing, 30 kilometres from Ravangla and 19 kilometres from Yuksom. You can hire a taxi from all the major towns in Sikkim to get to this attraction.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the monastery is during the months from March to June. The weather remains pleasant and nice making it perfect to see various other attractions as well. If you want to attend Bumchu Festival, it is best visited during the first month of the Tibetan calendar i.e February or March.
Things to do and see
While in Tashiding Monastery you can explore one of the oldest shrines in Sikkim. Indoor is placed a pot of sealed holy water which is used only during festivals. The most holy Chhoedten (stupa) in Sikkim is also kept in Tashiding Monastery. The surrounding area of the shrine is decorated with prayer flags, a number of stupas and there is also inscription slabs placed outside the Tashiding Monastery.