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7 Breathtaking Monasteries In India That You Must Visit!

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Craving for the divine? A trip to these 7 breathtaking monastries are going to quench your spiritual thirst and fill you up with inner bliss. 

1. Bodhgaya

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Bishwaksen Bandyopadhyay says, “UNESCO site steeped in History This is one of the holiest sites of buddhism. It is here that Gautama attained moksha and became a buddha. There has been a temple here for more than thousand years now....The Mahabodhi Tree lies just behind the temple. The external wall of the temple is adorned with numerous niches carrying sculptures of the buddha.Read Full Review
HolidayIQ Reviewer Prof P V L says, “A soulful trip feels extremely spiritual It is all up to you how much you of the visit out get out of your visit, a personal experience. People coming there are extremely spiritual, polite and welcoming.” Read Full Review
HolidayIQ Reviewer Biswa Ranjan Patnaik says, “Architecturally beautiful temple It is a temple very well worth visiting on account of its historical importance. If one has the time, one must spend some time meditating under the Bodhi Tree.” Read Full Review

2. Dharamshala

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Manoo Joshi shares, “The gardens are designed in Japanese style & looks truly beautiful. The sounds of birds send immense joy to one's heart. They have lovely water streams designed aesthetically. One can spend hours here without getting bored. This institute now has workshops that include Thangka painting, sculpture making, Thangka applique...What a Place, just can't describe in wordsRead Full Review
HolidayIQ Reviewer Manoo Joshi shares, “This temple is surrounded by trees, houses and mountains - a beautiful place. You need to cross the market to reach this place. The temple has a beautiful history associated with it.Read Full Review

3. Tawang Monastery

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HolidayIQ reviewer Shailesh Upasini says "This is the second largest monastery in the world. A very peaceful place. The location is also very beautiful. One can see most of the Tawang City from the monastery.Tawang Monastery is known in Tibetan as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which translates to "celestial paradise in a clear night. " It was founded by Merak Lama Lodro Gyatso in 1680-1681 in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso." 

HolidayIQ reviewer Rahul Aggarwal says "We visited the Monastery during a local festival and so it was heavily flocked with visitors all round the globe, not only Buddhists but all kind of people gathering for a view of Immaculate sized gold plated Buddha idol decorated and painted beautifully."

4. Paro Taktsang Monastery

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HolidayIQ reviewer Govind Naganathan says "Taktsang Monastery is one of the most important monuments of spiritual significance in Bhutan. The legend is that Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave riding a tigress and decimated the demons. The monastery consists of four main temples along with residences for monks along the ledge.
Tiger Nest Monastery hangs on a cliff and stands above a beautiful forest of blue pine and rhododendrons. The view of the monastery hanging precariously from a rather steep cliff is mind boggling. All the difficulties encountered during the difficult climb vanish and one feels a sense of exhilaration. The view from the monastery is wonderful.
It is suggested that before you start the trek to monastery be equipped with plenty of water, sunscreen lotion to avoid sunburns, a hat, and walking stick. Be sure to wear trekking shoes so that you can climb comfortably."

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5. Thiksey Monastery

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HolidayIQ reviewer Bega Raaj says "I went to this glorious Gompa on 28th April 2016, its very huge and absolutely stunning, one should not miss this Monastery when we are in Leh. There are lots and lots of monasteries around Leh. This one is very important, and it's easily accessible from Leh. Must visit for all age groups when we are in Leh."

HolidayIQ reviewer Rahul Chaudary says "If you want to peace in your life, this is it. This is a historical place."

6. Namdroling Monastery

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HolidayIQ reviewer Supriya Madan says "I found my share of peace at this place. This has multiple monasteries where prayers are being offered. Travellers should come to this place with some time in hand so that they can soak the positive energy of this place"

HolidayIQ reviewer Pooja Bisht says "This was the high water mark of my Coorg trip. Located in Kushalnagar near Coorg, this monastery is a large teaching establishment for Buddhist monks. It is a beautiful place with Buddhist flags fluttering all around. It is best to visit the place during prayer times, which is a great experience. The chants of the monks in the cavernous prayer hall create an atmosphere of serenity. The prayer hall itself has large idols of the Bodhisattvas and the walls are dotted with the stories from the Jataka tales, depicting various stages in the life of Buddha."

7. Hemis Monastery

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HolidayIQ reviewer Arnav Mathur says "One of the largest monasteries in Ladakh Region and also one of the richest. Strategically located off the main highway near Karu, it was protected by the natural terrain from foreign invaders. The road which leads to Hemis is also very scenic. There is a lot of culture hidden in this place. This place comes alive during the Hemis festival with all the vibrant colours everywhere.Undoubtedly a must visit in Leh."

HolidayIQ reviewer Swati Upadhay says "If you are lucky, you get to see the prayer dance during early evenings and it is an experience worth watching out for. The Museum is a storehouse of knowledge and the monastery as a whole gives you one of the most peaceful experiences"

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