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7 Picturesque Monasteries For Some Soul Searching!

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Leave the chaos behind and go soul searching to these 7 beautiful monastries. Let HolidayIQ reviewers tell you more. 

1. Ladakh (Leh)

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Samant Kumar says, “Lamayuru is one of the oldest monastery and located at a very calm and beautiful place. The Yellow Brown hills surrounding the monastery adds serenity to the place. If you are fond of historical places, do visit this place.Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer S.M.Bega Raaj says, “I went to this wonderful Nubra Valley and sacred Yarab Tso lake on 26th April 2016, it was an unforgettable tour of my lifetime, this beautiful lake is located just after the Sumoor Sampling monastery and just before Panamik Hot Springs, we have to trek/hike for 15 minutes to reach this fabulous lake” Read Full Review

2. Coorg

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Chandana Kiran shares, “Bylakuppe is welcome to everyone who yearns for a relaxing cultural getaway. The place like the Buddhist religion, is pleasant and calm. The Golden Monasteries are huge and colorful, which is a feast for the eyes of an artist. For all the art enthusiast, there are tankha arts that are painted on the walls, ceilings, pillars of the monastery. Not to forget the beautiful stupas and prayer wheels a glimpse of which will wash all the sins away, leave the walk around it.” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Atri Mukherjee shares, “The temple/ monastery along with the student quarters around it, reminded me of Sikkim or any other north-eastern state, or may be Tibet itself. The place was spic & span, well-planned & had a wonderful warm feeling. The giant idols of Lord Buddha & associated gods, in the golden hue needs special mention. The idols were glowing in the sunlight. The walls were beautifully painted with characters & figures from Tantric Buddhism, which I had seen only in monasteries of Sikkim before.Read Full Review

3. Gangtok

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Govindan Naganathan shares, “Oldest monastery, has its tradition, culture and paintings Rumtek is located about 24 Kms from Gangtok at an elevation of about 5000 ft above MSL. The Dharma chakra centre, Golden stupa, and Karma Shri Nalanda Institute are the main things to visit. One needs to show ID proof at the entrance to get into the monastery. It is a good 15 minutes walk from the gate to the monastery.Read Full Review

4. Darjeeling

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Kaynat Kazi shares, “The oldest monastery with biggest and oldest statues of Buddha While coming back from Tiger Hill stop at Ghoom monastery. It is an oldest monastery in Darjeeling. It is build in 1850. It is very close to Ghoom Railway Station. One of the key attractions inside the monastery is the 15-foot model of the Lord Buddha. This is one of the biggest and oldest statues of Buddha in Darjeeling area. This statue was created with clay that was all brought from Tibet. It is a small monastery but worth visit.” Read Full Review

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5. McLeodganj

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Kanchan Raitani says, “When I was looking for things to do and places to visit in McLeodganj, I came across this monastery for the first time. By then I had already read about the Nagoya monastery (Dalai Lama Temple) and the Kalachakra temple right in the heart of Main Square and also the Gyuto monastery in Dharamshala. And I said to myself, how many monasteries will I be able to see anyway? So I kept this monastery as a contingency - If I have time left, I will visit it otherwise I would not. I cannot even begin to imagine how much I would have regretted had I not been to this place. My visit here was the best part of my McLeodganj trip - that too on the last day! I am so glad I went to see this place.” Read Full Review

6. Sikkim

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HolidayIQ Reviewer RAHUL SHARMA shares, “We visited a beautiful monastery, a beautiful Rock Garden, a place called solofok (in sikkimese) which is basically an excellent architecture of char dham on a hill top. its very good. Moreover, a copper plated statue of Gurudev Padmasambhava(137ft height), visible from all locations in Namchi is also very good & photogenic. Read Full Review

7. Lahaul and Spiti

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Akshaya Patil says, “Whole monastery is built on the top of the mountain and as you approach it feels so amazing to view the grandeur of this place. The monastery is built on the top and lot houses build surrounding it on the mountain slopes, it feels like they are the jewels of mountains, adding to the beauty of the place.Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Vivek Sharma says, “This monastery is one of oldest monastery of the world. It has some very old time of wall painting which is preserved by covering the inside wall and protect this from exposing to any kind of light (like sun light, camera light etc. ) A new monastery is also constructed nearby to this old one, which is worth a visit.” Read Full Review

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