Mahakal Temple, Darjeeling

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#3 of 12 in Historic Sites in Darjeeling
At Mahakal Temple, the sounds of bells ringing in the midst of vibrantly colored fluttering flags accompany majestic views of surrounding snow-clad Himalayas. The temple perches at an altitude of roughly 2,134 m (7,000 ft); prepare to take a steep set of stairs to get there. Witness the community of Buddhist monks and Hindu pujari sitting together and performing rituals, and immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere. Remove your shoes before you walk around the holy place. Use our Darjeeling day trip planner to visit Mahakal Temple on your trip to Darjeeling, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • More prayer flags than you've ever seen, many rhesus macaques, and many temples, marriage halls, and bells at the top of the hill. A unique dual Hindu and Buddhist temple in the middle, too.  more »
  • We visited the temple at twilight and stayed there to see the evening prayer. The Priest was more like a Buddhist monk. There was no rush for Puja, you can take your time ! Beware of monkeys !! If you...  more »
  • An active place of worship for both Budhists and Hindus. Something not seen often. A pleasant walk up to the temples with more multicolored prayer flags than I've ever seen.  more »

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