The gold topped monastery in Tashiding stands on a conical hill between two rivers and can be seen from far and wide. It is a steep 15 minutes walk from the chortens at the bottom of the village to the top of the hill along a path lined with tall fluttering prayer flags but the walk is worthwhile with scenic views all around.

The Tashinding monastery was founded in the 17th century by one of the three lamas who brought Buddhism to Sikkim. The mural work inside is exquisite and there is a large statue of the historical Buddha.

Inside the monastery, a pot of holy water (Bumchu) is kept sealed only to be revealed and its droplets given to devotees once every year at the Bumchu Festival during the 14th and 15th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar. The sacred pot of water does not dry up nor spoil and today, even after 300 years, the water remains as fresh as before.

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