Ghoom Monastery, Darjeeling

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One of the oldest Buddhist temples in the Darjeeling area, Ghoom Monastery stands at an elevation of 2,226 m (7,407 ft) and remains a popular pilgrimage site. Famous for its colorful 5 m (15 ft) high statue of Maitreya Buddha made of clay brought from Tibet, this mid-19th century monastery belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat sect. Rotating drums provide entertainment for visiting children, and snacks and souvenirs are sold inside the monastery. See Ghoom Monastery and all Darjeeling has to offer by arranging your trip with our Darjeeling trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • There are three MONASTERIES in Ghoom. 1. The Yoga choling . Frequented by the likes of Richard Here and Steven Regal. 2.Sakya guru ; Where most of the sheep's a d Bhutias pay homage during loser. 3. T...  more »
  • One of the must-visit places of Darjeeling. The serene Buddha will mesmerize you. There are showpieces you can buy from here. A small market is there outside the monastery.  more »
  • Visited this monastery following our ride on the Toy Train, and found it a very peaceful, spiritual place. Our guide explained all the intricacies of the various decorative symbols throughout which re...  more »
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  • Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of the Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghoom at an elevation of 8,000 feet, 8 km from Darjeeling in the State of West Bengal in India. It is the first ever Tibetan Buddhist monastery to be built in the Darjeeling region. The monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a 15-feet high statue of "Maitreya Buddha" (Coming Buddha) in the monastery. Photography is allowed here.
  • This place has been a must-visit for tourists of all religions who come to visit darjeeling from all over the world,yet they cannot maintain a single clean washroom.They should take lesson from monasteries in Sikkim. Such a shame.Views are great,ambience is good but hygiene and sanitation is awful.
  • The oldest Monastery in Darjeeling (according to local guides I talked to), this is a serene & very peaceful place. Usually, this place is covered in the half-day local sightseeing trip of Darjeeling, that starts with sun rise at Tiger Hill. Some Bhutanese women sell awesome woolen stuff too! Definitely worth a visit!
  • When i entered inside of it, i dont know what happened but i felt so relaxed.. I was feeling that i have entered heaven. So peaceful environment. Must visit place.
  • The place was holy. Quiet. And best part for atheists was the chai!

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