Situated less than thirty kilometres from Gangtok, Rumtek is the largest monastery in Sikkim.
Rumtek glories in brilliant colour, inside and out.
But it is also the site of sectarian contention.
A situation serious enough to warrant armed guards, who politely but thoroughly examined our passports and paperwork.
Sadly, Tibetan Buddhists are not immune to the violence and community-shattering controversies which beset all religions.
Pictures taken at Rumtek Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Sikkim.