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Top 6 Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in India

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While India is a land of diverse cultures, it has always welcomed culture and religions to come and settle down. The Buddhists have also found their ways through the Himalayas in India and now they practice the beautiful religion that has been of keen interest amongst the people. People from over the country come to visit the Buddhist Monasteries that have always mesmerized its visitors and have been a place of interest for everyone. Enlisted here are the best Tibetan monasteries in India that are a must visit. 

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While India is a land of diverse cultures, it has always welcomed culture and religions to come and settle down. The Buddhists have also found their ways through the Himalayas in India and now they practice the beautiful religion that has been of keen interest amongst the people. People from over the country come to visit the Buddhist Monasteries that have always mesmerized its visitors and have been a place of interest for everyone. Enlisted here are the best Tibetan monasteries in India that are a must visit. 

 

1. Tawang Monastery

 

Sitting at an altitude of 10,000 feet near to the hill top overlooking the Tawang River, Tawang Monastery is situated in Tawang, a small hill-town in Arunachal Pradesh. The Tawang monastery is the world’s second largest Tibetan Monastery dating about 400 years back; it is located in a close proximity to the Tibetan Border. Also known as the Galden Namgey Lhatse, the facility belongs to the Mahayana Buddhism’s Gelug School of teaching. The three storied mansion like structure welcomes its visitors with a colourful gate. It has a three-storied assembly hall called as the Dukhang which seats a 18 feet tall statue of Buddha. The Centre for Buddhist Cultural Studies has also been an important and integral part of this monastery.

 

2. Namgyal Monastery


Situated in Dharamshala, Namgyal Monastery is one of the most visited monasteries in India. The monastery was built by the Namgyal sect of Buddhists who wanted to assist Dalai Lama with all the religious and cultural affairs and to keep the practice of the Namgya sect intact. The monastery is said to be closely related to Dalai Lama the 14th and the monks here go through a religious training that includes art, philosophies and meditation. The ambience of the monastery will definitely leave all its visitors mesmerized.

 

3. Mindrolling Monastery

 

Located in the Clement Town near Dehradun, Mindrolling Monastery is one of the best monasteries in India. A grandeur stupa that is said to be the largest in the world stands about 60m tall. The boulevards of the beautiful town are laid with Tibetan cafes giving the look and feel of a foreign town. The monastery holds an impressive 35 meter high statue of Buddha. 

 

4. Hemis Monastery

 

Set in Ladakh, Hemis Monastery is a monastery that belongs to the Drukpa clan of Buddhists. Hemis is one of the earliest monasteries that is known to be existed; Hemis is believed to date back to the 11th century and time before that. The monastery was re-constructed by the Ladakhi King. The Monastery is known for holding a festival that commences every year in June and attracts crowd from round the globe. Beautifully built in the lands peeking the Himalayas and engaging in the colourful rituals and festivals, even on a off day, Hemis will provide you the much needed peace. 

 

5. Thiksey Monastery

 

Belonging to the Gelug lineage of the Buddhists, Thiskey monastery lies in close proximity of Ladakh. The monastery is beautifully set in the Indus valley at an elevation of 3600 meters above the sea level. The monastery is a twelve storied complex and is a home to various Buddhist architectures and murals. The monastery is of prime importance as it is said to have resemblance with the Lhasa’s Potala Palace. Thiksey is one of its kind monasteries and also the largest structure of its kind in Ladakh. The monastery is famous for the Maitrey temple. 

 

6. Tabo Monastery

 

Known to exist from 996 CE, Tabo is one of the oldest operational monasteries and is situated in Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti Valley. Tabo monastery is now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The monastery houses about nine temples, the cave shrines along with four stupas. It is one of the most beautiful and isolated monasteries in the Himalayas that stand beautiful and religiously with the majestic mountains in the backdrop.

With many more Tibetan monasteries that are dotted in the Himalayas. These monasteries apart from the religious values are also a depiction of art, colours and the diversity that the land has to offer.

 

 

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With the zeal to see the world and make people indulge in nature, Rohit is a travel blogger who likes to explore places and love to write about them. A love for travel and experience is what he pens down passionately. Trans India Travels gives him a platform to let people see the world with his eyes. 


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