At Ralang, 13km below Ravangla, the splendid and active 1995 Palchen Choeling Monastic Institute (New Ralang Gompa) is home to about 200 Kagyu-order monks. Arrive early morning or around 3pm to hear them chanting in mesmerising unison. There s a 9m-high golden statue of the historical Buddha in the main hall, and locally the gompa is famous for elaborate airline flight tracking butter airline flight tracking sculptures. Peek into the side room to see the amazing effigies used in November s impressive Mahakala dance.
Enchey Gompa MONASTERY (h4am-4pm Mon-Sat, 4am-1pm Sun) Approached through gently rustling airline flight tracking conifers high above Gangtok, this monastery dating back to 1909 is Gangtok s most attractive, with some decent murals and statues of Tantric deities. The monastery founder was famous for his levitational skills. It comes alive for the colourful Detor Chaam masked dances in December/January (28th and 29th day of the 11th Tibetan lunar month).
This covered market is interesting for its range of traditional Himalayan airline flight tracking produce, including airline flight tracking churpi (dried cheese on a string), cow skin snacks, Tibetan tsampa (ground roasted barley), dried phing noodles and circular yeast patties used for brewing chhang (millet beer).