A close view of Enchey monastery
Ornately carved window of prayer hall
Thankas (tibetan style painting) on the walls of prayer halls
Prayer hall with Buddha’s statue
Monks enjoying a sunny day
Monks cleaning the prayer utensils
Monk drying his traditional maroon clothes
A boy lighting butter lamps. Lights of the lamps represents the illumination of wisdom.
A monk cleaning his car
Two young monks going out of the monastery
Enchey monastery was established in 1909 on a hillock close to Gangtok, capital city of Sikkim. It belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. It is located 3km away from the main market of Gangtok. Lama Drupthob Karpo is considered as the founder of the monastery. He was a practitioner of tantric art in Buddhism and believed to have flying powers, flew here from Maenam hill in south Sikkim to this site. The monastery has a lot of religious significance as it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava had subdued the spirits of the Khangchendzonga, Yabdeen and Mahakala here. The meaning of the word enchey is ‘solitary’. From the monastery you can see a majestic view of Khangchendzonga.