Spread over an area of five acres Dubdi in Sikkim is a sacred Buddhist site containing a famous Buddhist monastery. Built in 1701, Dubdi monastery’s claim to fame lies in its being the oldest in the state. It owes its foundation to Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, who along with two other lamas from Tibet is credited with crowning Phuntshog Namgyal as the first King or Chogyal of Sikkim in 1642. Their statues are enshrined in the monastery.
Perched on the ridge above Yuksom at a height of 2,100 metres, this tranquil monastery is beautifully set amidst the well trimmed gardens from where you can have spectacular views of peaks.
Belonging to the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Dubdi monastery houses statues of the Buddha, wall paintings, painted scrolls, murals, ancient manuscripts and texts. The current prayer house underwent reconstruction after the 2011 earthquake.
2 km from Dubdi is the stupa of Norbugang Chodten which is famous for being the place where the first king of Sikkim, Phuntshog Namgyal, was crowned in 1642.
Gutor Cham, a traditional dance, is organized during the Buddhist festival of Loosong at Dubdi.
How to reach Dubdi monastery
Air: Bagdogra airport near Siliguri in West Bengal is the nearest airport to Dubdi monastery which is located in West Sikkim. Siliguri is 175 km from Dubdi. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or a private cab that will take you to the Dubdi monastery. Pelling, which has a helipad, is 35 km from Dubdi monastery.
Rail: The nearest railway station to Dubdi monastery is about 150 km away in New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in West Bengal. NJP railway station is well-connected to major cities and places in India including New Delhi and Kolkata. From NJP you can take a taxi to reach Dubdi.
Road: 3km from Yuksom, the Dubdi monastery is assessed by taking 400m footpath off the Tsong road. Good motorable roads connect Dubdi monastery with all the major places in Sikkim.
Best Time to visit Dubdi monastery
October to June is the best period to visit Dubdi monastery. If you want to see the Gutor Cham dance performed in the Dubdi monastery you will have to come in the month of February.