Location - 3 km northeast of Gangtok
Opening hours - 04:00 AM- 04:00 PM (Monday-Saturday) and till 01:00 PM (Sunday)
Located 3 km northeast of Gangtok, Enchey Monastery is around 200 years old. Accessible after crossing crunching conifer trees, the monastery, belonging to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism, positions itself with wonderful murals and statues of Tantric deities. The location of the monastery has the blessings of a renowned exponent of tantric art in Buddhism, Lama Drupthob Karpo. It was believed that he had the powers of flying.
The precise meaning of Enchey Monastery is ‘the solitary temple’. It is said that originally the Lama founded a smaller gompa at this place and then flew to this site from Maenam Hill in South Sikkim. After arriving at the site, he constructed a small hermitage here. Located on the Gangtok- Nathu La road, this monastery offers stunning views of the surroundings.
The current structure of Enchey monastery was constructed under the reign of Sidkeong Tulku (1909 1910). Today, the monastery offers shelter to about 90 monks, belonging to the Nyingma sect. Visitors can spot several images of Gods and Goddesses along with religious objects. Buddha, Guru Padmasambhava, and Loketeswara are the three important deities worshipped here.
The monastery comes alive during vibrant Chaam masked dance and special prayers that are organized on the18th, 19th day of the 12th lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, in the months of January, February every year. It is an ideal time to visit and get an insight into the culture of the region.