Sikkim consists of 200 holy remote areas or monasteries belonging to the Nyingma and Kagyu are not the only thing that influences the heritage, culture and lifestyle but demonstrates the antique rituals in practice.
Red color costumes that are worn by the concerned Lamas, utter ancient mantras with the drum beats and trumpets with a soft light flickering from decorative lamps positioned before statues or idols of the great Guru Padmasambhava.
- Pemayangtse Monastery: It is located in West Sikkim at Gyalshing (140kms) that belongs to the Nyingma order and shows a dramatic glimpse of Mount Kanchenjunga.
- Rumtek Monastery: It is 24kms from Gangtok and this place houses some of the world’s most extraordinary art objects, ancient manuscripts and icons.
- Enchey Monastery: It was built during the reign of Thutob Namgyal and is situated on a hill top in Gangtok.
- Phensang Monastery: It was built in the year of 1721 during the time of Jigme Pao. When in the year of 1947 the whole monastery caught fire, it was rebuilt in 1948.
- Phodang Monastery: This is a monastery of North Sikkim which is 28kms from Gangtok.
- Tashiding Monastery: Monastery in West Sikkim, 40kms from Gyalshing by road that lies on the top of a hill that reaches between the Rathong River and the Rangit River surrounded by an outpouring of flags of Prayers that flutters in the air.
Sanga Chelling was built in 1697 is situated about 7kms from Pemayangste is the island of mystical teaching and is one of the oldest monastery. Khechopari and Melli are two other monasteries located near Yuksom. Dubdi which means retreating was built in 1700 located on a hill top of Yuksom. Sinon, Dalling, Yangyang, Namchi, Simik, Hee Gyathang, Lingtem, Chawang, Rhenock, Khatok, Bermoik, Lachen, Lachung, Sang, Ralong are few more monasteries of Sikkim covering the whole State.