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Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery

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Rumtek is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. This is located in Sikkim, India. Major festival of this monastery is Tse Chu Chaams. As per the Tibetan calendar, this festival celebrates on the 10th day of the 5th month. In general it comes in the month of June. In Sikkim this is the largest monastery. This monastery is located 23kms away from Gangtok.   What to see in Rumtek Monastery: This is the seat of karmapa Lama. He was the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. Other name of this Monastery is Dharma chakra Centre. Under the supervision of 9th Karmapa, this was built by 4th king of Sikkim. This monastery is most beautiful surrounded by lush green landscape. It offers spiritual solace. It looks like original Kagyu. The Kaghu School is one of the six main schools of Tibetan Buddhism.   Cave in this place is having significant importance. It is believed that first Karmapa meditated in this cave for many years. Entry is free to all the visitors but foreigners have to show their passport before entering into monastery. During the winter season this opens between 10 AM to 5 PM and during the summer season this opens between 8 AM to 5 PM.     This was built by karmapa Wangchuck Dorje in 16th century. Main seat of power for Karma kagyu sect in Sikkim is Rumtek. In 1959 this was ruined which was recognised by Gyalwa karmapa. So he rebuilt this monastery at Rumtek. Near this monastery Nalanda Institute of Higher Buddhist Studies is located. Uphill from monastery is a hermitage where Monks go to meditation for the period of 3 years. In a walk able distance old monastery can be seen. This was destroyed earlier due to fire. But again this was reconstructed.   What to see around Rumtek Monastery: Gangtok: It is located 23kms away from the monastery. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. In the world this is the third highest peak. This place is well known for scenic beauty. Kalimpong: This place is located 75kms away from the monastery. It is a hill station. This place is famous for Buddhist monasteries. Major attractions of Kalimpong are Mangal Dham, Catholic Church, Flower Nurseries, Deolo...

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Tabo Monastery

Tabo Monastery

in Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, Caves, Himachal Pradesh, History, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, North India, Temple, Trekking | 0 comments

Tabo Monastery is located in Tago village of Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. In the Tibetan Era Fire Ape, this monastery was founded.  This monastery is famous for murals, frescos, statues, stupas, manuscripts and Thankas.  It was reconstructed after the earthquake of 1975.   What to see in Tabo Monastery: Architecture: Tabo Monastery consists of cave Shrines, 4 decorated stupas, and 9 temples. Temples belongs to 15th to 20th centuries, Stupas belongs to 13th to 14th centuries and Paintings of the main temple 10th to 11th centuries. Huge collection of Pramana and manuscripts texts can be seen at this monastery. These belong to 1991 to 1998. Main Temple: Main temple consists of entry hall and assembly hall. Entry hall has pictures of Yeshe O’d and his two sons Devaraja and Nagaraja. They were the founders of this monastery. In the main temple, visitors can see 110 cm height Vairocana.  Painted decorations of sculptures can be seen here. On the walls of the main temple scriptures written on wooden planks can be seen here. More than 50 clay images are located here. Older Temples:  Golden temple is said to be covered with Gold. In 16th century it was renovated by Sengge Namgyal.  Other ancient temple of this monastery is Bodhisattva Maitreya temple. Height of this main statue of this temple is 6meters. Other attraction among the old temples is Trom ton Temple. Murals of eight medicine Buddhas can be seen here. Paintings are the major attraction of interiors of Small Trom- ton. Newer Temple:  Largest newer temple of this complex is Temple of Dromton. This temple is famous for paintings. Other main temple among new temples is Mahakala Vajra Bhairava Temple. There are 5 temples in this monastery. Stupas: Temple complex consists of several stupas. Four stupas are most attractive with interior paintings. These stupas belong to 13th century.   What to see around Tabo Monastery: Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are...

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Dhankar Gompa

Dhankar Gompa

in Buddhist Monestery, Fort, Himachal Pradesh, History, Lahaul and Spiti district, Trekking, Valley | 0 comments

Dhankar Gompa is a Buddhist Temple in Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It looks like Tangyud Monastery and Key Monastery. In 17th century, this monastery acted as capital of Spiti. It is one of the 5 main Buddhist centres. This is the 7th century Buddhist Monastery. In the world this is the second highest monastery.  This monastery belongs to Gelugpa Order of Tibetan Buddhism.   What to see in Dhankar Monastery: Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are allotted to monks. Underground is used as storage and Ground Floor is used as assembly hall. Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. Dhankar: Main intension to build this fort is to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from this place. Old temple in Dhankar is known as Lha O Pa Gompa. Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley. Kunzam Pass:  Height is 4590 meters above the sea level. It is the gateway to Spiti Valley. It offers best view of Shigri Parbat. Langza: Langza is known as maritime fossils. Kibber: Kibber is a small village in the Spiti Valley in Himalayas. Kibber lies on summit of a limestone rock. Lush Green fields and agricultural forms are abundant. Major crops are Peas and Barley. This place is famous for monasteries, barren splendour, and scenic mountains. Plenty of fossils present in and around Kibber.   What to see around Dhankar Gompa: Lahaul Valley: Major attraction of this valley is Greenery. Gateway to Lahaul is Rohatang Pass. This valley is located at the height of 2745m above mean sea level.   Getting to Dhankar Monastery: Only way to reach this place is through...

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Karsha Monastery

Karsha Monastery

in Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, History, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Nature, North India, Trekking, Valley | 0 comments

Karsha Monastery is located in Zanskar Region , Jammu & Kashmir, India. Phagspa Shesrab founded this monastery. Other names of this monastery are Karsha Gompa and Karsha Chamspaling. This gompa belongs to Yellow Hat order.   What to see at Karsha Monastery: In Zanskar region this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for rock carvings. Rinchen Zangpo era wall paintings of Chuk-shik-jal can be seen here. Avalokiteshvara Temple is another attraction of this gompa. Younger brother of Dalai Lama is maintaining this gompa. This is the home to 100 monks. Other temples located at this monastery are Lhakhang Karpo and Thugsjechhenpoi Lhakhang. A sacred image of 11 headed Avaloketeshvara statue other attraction of this gompa.   Karsha Monastery consists of Residential rooms for 150 monks, Chortens, Chapels, Eight Temples and Assembly hall. Assembly hall is surrounded by 3 chapels. Chapels consist of several statues and attractive art works. Thangka paintings can be seen here. Earlier silver covering of Chortens are placed here. But during the India Pakistan war these chortens were taken away by them. From this place spectacular view of rivers, greenery, glaciers, and landscapes of zanskar is possible. Gustor festival is well celebrated at this gompa.   What to see around Karsha Monastery: Rangdum Monastery: It lies between Kargil and padum. Main attraction of this monastery is assembly hall. This hall has beautiful status. Sani Monastery:  It is one of the 8 most sacred places for Buddhists. This place is most famous among Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery has ancient chortens. It is constructed by Emperor Kanishka. Attractions of this Gompa are idols, paintings and murals of Saint Padmasambhava. Pipiting: It is located very near to Zanskar. This place is famous for several ancient temples and stupas. Other attraction near this place is Sani. This monastery has ancient chortens. It is constructed by Emperor Kanishka. Attractions of this Gompa are idols, paintings and murals of Saint Padmasambhava. Bardan Monastery: It is located on the trekking route from Padum to Phuktal. This monastery was established in 17th century and it belongs to Tibetan Buddhism. Padum: It was once acted as capital to Zanskar. Padum Valley is the major attraction of this place. Other attractions of this place...

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Hemis Monastery

Hemis Monastery

in Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, History, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Nature, North India, Trekking | 0 comments

Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. It is located in Hemis, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. In the Ladakh region, this is the largest monastic institutions. In the Himalayan Region, more than 1000 monks reside in this monastery. For this monastery there are 200 branches.   What to see in Hemis Monastery: Of all the monasteries in India, Hemis is the wealthiest monastery. Major attractions of this monastery are artifacts, murals, Thangkas. Other attraction of this place is Statue of Buddha which was made up of Copper. Silver and gold stupas can be seen here. Monastery looks so attractive with Tibetan Buddhist style of architecture. It is divided into two parts. One part of this monastery is Temple and other part of this monastery is Assembly hall which is also known as Dukhang.   Other worth seeing of this monastery is Huge Courtyard. Wall paintings of Buddhist Kalchakra can also be seen here. Major festival of this place is Hemis festival. During this period Lord Padmasambhava worshipped here. Other major festival of this place is Losar. It is fortnight long festival. This festival usually starts from September 1st   What to see around Hemis Monastery: Hemis National Park: This is the home place to 73 birds and 16 species of mammals. Hemis protects the endangered animals such as red fox, Eurasian brown, Tibetan Wolf, Asiatic ibex, Leopards.  Small mammals can also be seen here such as Himalayan mouse hare, mountain weasel, Himalayan Marmot.   This is the best place for bird watchers also. Major attractions of this place are Fire Fronted Serin, Himalayan Snowcock, Red Billed Chough; Fork tailed Swift, Chukar, Snowfinch, Streaked Rose finch, Leaf Warbler, Robin Accentor, and Brown Accentor. Visitors can enjoy pollution free environment. Within the confines of this park, 6 villages exist. These villages were Chilling, Urutse, Shingo, Sku, Kaya, Rumbak. Within the park, visitors can see several   chortens and gompas. One of the notable monasteries is Hemis Monastery. Trekking and camping activities takes place in this park. Leh Palace: In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir...

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Stok Monastery

Stok Monastery

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Stok Monastery is a Buddhist Monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Lama Lhawang Lotus has founded this monastery in 14th century.   What to see at Stok Monastery:  This is one of the beautiful places for the natural lovers and trekking lovers. It is surrounded by Indus valley, Markha valley and Stock Kangri Ranges. This was established 200 years ago. Museum is the other attraction of this monastery. Museum says about the life of Ladakh royals, weapons, currencies. Artifacts of the royal Palace can also be seen in this museum. This gompa belongs to Gelugpa sect. of Buddhism.   Other attractions of this monastery are library, Chortens, Temples, Verandah, Courtyard, and Assembly Hall. Along with Buddhists, several other religion people alos visits this place. Wall paintings are other attractions of this monastery. Images of Amchi, Nangyalma, Tara, Skayamuni, Avalokitesvara, and Vajrapani of this place are so beautiful.   One oldest Chapel is also situated here. Image of Avalokitesvara is having 11 heads and 1000 hands. Recently one more temple was constructed in this place.  This temple is dedicated to Avalokitesvara. Library consists of 108 volumes of Buddha’s teachings. Major festival celebrates at this monastery is Stok Guru Tsechu. Main attraction of this festival is music, dance and festive food. Another major attraction of this monastery is trekking.   What to see around Stok Monastery: Leh Palace: In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir armies. Mangyu Monastery: Major attractions of this monastery are paintings of mandalas, and rare thangkas. Rizong Monastery: It looks like fortress. This gompa belongs to Gelukpa order of Buddhism. War Museum: Other name is wall of fame. This museum showcases the war effort and Sacrifice of the Indian Army in its war against Pakistan. Sankar Gompa:  This place is famous for the statue of Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig. This statue has thousands of heads and arms. Nubra Valley: It is high altitude desert which is well known for its beauty. This valley separates Karakoram and Ladakh. Shanti Stupa: It has white domed monument with backdrop of brown mountains....

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