Phodong Monastery

Phodong Monastery is located in the northern part of the state of Sikkim. It is roughly 28 kilometers from the capital city of Gangtok. One of the six monasteries deemed as the most important in Sikkim, Phodong dates back to the early 18th century. However, the monastery that we see today is not the original one and was rebuilt.

It is currently regarded as one of the monasteries most beautiful in the state and is used as residence for about 260 monks.

The monastery also has a rich collection of antique murals. The annual festival at Phodang Gompa of India takes place the 28th and 29th day of the tenth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar (usually in December). The celebrations of the festival include acts of religious dances by the monks.

Fast Facts


Approximately 28 km from Gangtok, Sikkim.

Founded In: Early 18th century.

By Air
The nearest airport is that of Bagdogra in West Bengal.

By Rail
The nearest railway station is at New Jalpaiguri.

By Road
National Highway 31 A connects Gangtok with Kolkata, Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Regular bus services, jeeps and taxis are available between Gangtok and Siliguri.