Enchey Monastery, Sikkim
Sikkim, the North East state of India is a land of majestic mountain ranges, glaciers and alpine meadows. It is also home to many ancient hilltop Buddhist monasteries. Enchey Monastery is one of the revered monasteries in Sikkim. It was built in 1909 on top of Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. This monastery belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. Enchey Monastery was established by Lama Drupthob Karpo, known for his tantric art in Buddhism. He came from Maenim Hill in South Sikkim and built only a Gompa at the beginning. This monastery was built in believe that the two protecting deities – Khangchendzonga and Yupdean reside in this monastery. This scared monastery’s literal meaning stands for “Solitary Monastery”. Due to its legends, Enchey Monastery holds a special place among the people of Sikkim and is respected by all.
It was first built in 1840s which was later restructured in 1909. There is a shining golden cupola on top of the monastery. The walls of the monastery are full of paintings and murals of the religious kings and pivotal deities. Detor Cham is the most colourful and celebrated Cham Dance festival held in the monastery. Other festivals observed in Enchey Monastery are Singhe Cham and Pang Lhabsol. The Enchey Monastery is Just about 3 kilometers away from the Gangtok city center.
Enchey Monastery open at 06:00 AM to 04:00 PM