When I reached here I knew an angular image would be the best and only option to capture the majestic beauty of the monastery. The architecture of this ‘abode of peace’ is extremely engrossing, a perfect amalgamation of bright colors makes it more attractive to admire it from distance. One can easily spend his time in isolation if one doesn’t want to go around the town or visit the crowded destinations.
The famous Ranka / Lingdum monastery ( also called Gompa ) is 20 km. away from Gangtok town, located in peaceful, serene area easily accessible by backbreaking road in east Sikkim. Unlike Rumtek monastery one doesn’t has to walk long uphill to visit this amazing learning centre for Buddhist monks.
The landscape is picturesquely delightful. The architecture and colors of the building are treat to eyes. It boosts of tranquil surroundings, enclosed proximity to the town, snow covered peaks as a backdrop and a large prayer room hall. One has to walk along a long trail of prayer bells which one is supposed to rotate to get the religious feel and let the sound mingle in the environment. Regular chanting of mantras are done by monks.
It is one of the oldest and historical gompas, These gompas are maintained by the patronage of royal family and Government of India.The monastery follows the Zurmang Kagyud lineage of Buddhism and under the direction of the 12th successor of the lineage Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche.
The complex has various sections and floors including a nun’s hostel and a monastic college.
I spent most of my time in photographing and simply walking around the area. This is not much talked about being new and has less historical significance as Rumtek monastery therefore many people give it a miss due to unawareness.
They give importance to several other commercially developed tourist attractions in Gangtok. We were fortunate to met a guy who briefed us about it, we rescheduled our sightseeing plan and went there. Undoubtedly it was worth a visit.