Enchey Monastery is situated in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. The monastery is approximately two hundred years old and follows the Nyingma Order. The name 'Enchey Monastery' means 'the Solitary temple'. The monastery was built with the intention that no other construction would be allowed near it. It is believed that the monastery was built on the site blessed by Lama Drupthob Karpo, a tantric master famous for his power of flying. It is also said that the Lama built a small hermitage at the site of the monastery, after he came here from Maenam Hill in South Sikkim.
The shape of a Chinese Pagoda was given to the monastery during the
reign of Sikyong Tulku (1909-1910). The Enchey Gompa of India also
serves as the residence of approximately 90 monks, belonging to the
Nyingma order. The monastery houses splendid images of Gods, Goddesses
and a number of religious objects. Every year a puja is held at the
monastery, on the 18th and 19th day of the 12th month of the lunar
calendar. Sacred dances are also performed at this time. January is the
time for "Chaam" or religious masked dances at the monastery.
How to reach Enchey Monastery
The nearest airport is that of Bagdogra in West Bengal.
The nearest railway station is at New Jalpaiguri, about 125 km away.
National Highway 31 A connects Gangtok with Kolkata, Siliguri,
Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Regular bus services, jeeps and taxis are
available between Gangtok and Siliguri.