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Goosebumps Man! 15 Ridiculously Beautiful Monasteries In India

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Here's a list of 15 breath-taking monasteries India has to offer.

Goosebumps Man! 15 Ridiculously Beautiful Monasteries In India:

  1. Hemis Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  2. Lamayuru Monastery, Lamayuru (Jammu & Kashmir)
  3. Mindrolling Monastery, Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
  4. Namdroling Monastery, Talacauvery (Karnataka)
  5. Phuktal Monastery , Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  6. Tabo Monastery, Lahaul and Spiti (Himachal Pradesh)
  7. Tawang Monastery, Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
  8. Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh)
  9. Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  10. Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok (Sikkim)
  11. Diskit Village, Nubra Valley (Jammu & Kashmir)
  12. Enchey Monastery, Gangtok (Sikkim)
  13. Ghoom Monastery, Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  14. Kye Monastery , Lahaul and Spiti (Himachal Pradesh)
  15. Namgyal Monastery, Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh)

1. Hemis Monastery, Ladakh


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Says HolidayIQ Traveller Hemanth, "The Hemis Monastery is one of the wealthiest monastery in India and famous for its rich collection of Buddhist relics. During the tourist season, it's possible to stay at the monastery and participate in the Hemis Spiritual Retreat run by monks. HolidayIQ traveller Devi Nair from Mumbai shares, "The Hemis monastery is considered the largest and richest monastery in Ladakh. Thangka paintings dating back to the second century & Buddhist statues, the Kalachakra and the Lords of the Four Quarters, idol of Sakyamuni Buddha along with many Buddhist relics are seen at Hemis. This two storied monastery is painted in vivid colours & the cold waters of River Jhelum flows behind the monastery. I would definitely like to revisit the monastery."

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11 Ratings | 8 Reviews | 91 Sightseeings | 4 Photos

2. Lamayuru Monastery, Ladakh


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HolidayIQ Traveller Pallab Ghosh shares, "I visited Lamayuru monastery on 07 September 2013. It is a large monastery and it is very old too. It is full with ancient temples which dates back to centuries. The location of this monastery is spectacular, among mountains having the shape of moonland. Some people believe that there was a lake in this region and the moonland formed when the lake dried up. I was accompanied by two young boys from the monastery who were very enthusiastic and showed me around. I was impressed by their honesty and high moral values. For anybody who is interested in monasteries, Lamayuru is an essential monastery to visit."

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1 Ratings | 1 Reviews | 2 Sightseeings | 1 Photos

3. Mindrolling Monastery, Dehradun


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Everything about the Mindrolling Monastery is at a grand scale - large college, manicured gardens and the 185-feet tall Stupa, which is believed to be the world’s tallest stupa. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Alexander Krishna from Chennai shares, "One of the best time I ever had. Best gateway from a busy city life, its located just next to Raj pur road. This a peaceful place and not a over crowded hub from city, you can save the cost of visiting a Tibetan country Bhutan or Thai, never miss this."

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3 Ratings | 2 Reviews | 34 Sightseeings | 3 Photos

4. Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery, Mysore


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Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery is the largest teaching centre of Buddhism in the world. The immense gold statues of Buddha in the prayer hall are quite overwhelming. It is also one of the few monasteries that provide overnight accommodation for tourists.

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1 Ratings | 1 Reviews | 9 Sightseeings

5. Phuktal Monastery, Leh


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This awe-inspiring monastery is constructed on the mouth of a huge cave and extends down to the end of cliff. There's a river below, and visitors must cross a suspension bridge to reach the monastery. Travelling to Phuktal Monastery itself is a thrilling experience and the surrounding area makes the journey a memorable one.

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91 Sightseeings

6. Tabo Monastery, Lahaul & Spiti


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HolidayIQ Traveller Bikram Khalkhlo from Ranchi shares, "Its a monastery estd. in 996 A.D. The whole monastery is made up of mud and there is a spritual feeling as one enters into the monastery. Unlike other monastries this drawings were made on the wall of mud but the colours were still bright. There is no electrical source inside the temple but still there is light sources enough for the whole temple.The architecture is superb."

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4 Ratings | 3 Reviews | 15 Sightseeings | 6 Photos

7. Tawang Monastery, Tawang


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HolidayIQ Traveller Sunil Chaurasia from Guwahati shares, "Here I am going to give a review on Tawang Monastery which I visited in June, 2015 and I hope this will help the others. Its totally worth a visit, one going there has a chance to see a Monastery which is 400 years old, in fact the largest Monastery of India. I recommend anyone going there must visit the Museum located is in the Monastery premises as it will provide you an insight on Buddhist Scriptures, Vessels, Deity and many more items of their daily practices and also the photographs of VIP's visited there since from the early Indo-China war in 1962."

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11 Ratings | 7 Reviews | 29 Sightseeings | 4 Photos

8. Tsuglagkhang Monastery, Dharamshala


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The Tsuglagkhang Complex is home to the official residence of The Dalai Lama. It is one of the most lively and colourful monasteries in India. There's also a bookshop and cafe that cater to visitors.

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3280 Ratings | 2028 Reviews | 63 Sightseeings | 326 Photos

9. Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh


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HolidayIQ Traveller Nishant Chauhan from Jamnagar shares, "A monastery, which is one of the oldest in Leh region, must visit, you can be tired of reaching there but one will never see such a beautiful and peaceful monastery in the world."

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20 Ratings | 11 Reviews | 91 Sightseeings | 2 Photos

10. Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok


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This grand and colourful monastery dates back to 9th century. Do not miss the masked dances during the annual group meditation (Drupchen) in May and June. You can stay overnight at the monastery guesthouse. HolidayIQ traveller Bosishakh Utsav from Ahmedabad shares, "Rumtek is one of the holiest monasteries for Buddhists. Seat of the Karmapa it is also a good visit for tourists. Its got a lot of historical articles to be seen. A 30-minute drive from Gangtok city."

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49 Ratings | 39 Reviews | 52 Sightseeings | 36 Photos

11. Diskit Gompa


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The Diskit Monastery, which is 350 years old, is the main attraction of this village, which houses a Maitreya Buddha statue, paintings, drums and Tibetan colour-patterned silk. The architecture of the monastery reflects the Tibetan style and culture.

HolidayIQ Traveller Bharat says, "The village has a monastery which is almost 2 century old. There is a desert ( sand dunes) wherein you can enjoy the camel ride and there is a cultural program if you are interested."

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5 Ratings | 4 Reviews | 5 Sightseeings | 16 Photos

12. Enchey Gompa, Gangtok


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Enchey Monastery meaning solitary temple, was built in 1909 and is a 200 year old monastery. Located at a distance of 3 km from the city, the monastery is built on the spot, which is believed to be blessed by Lama Druptab Karpo. He was a tantrik master who was known for his flying powers. The monastery is also an important seat of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

HolidayIQ Traveller Abhinav says, "We came here by about 11 am, the three of us. It's about an hour drive from Gangtok. A nice and serene place where you can find the teachings of Buddha. When we went there the prayer was going on. Just by hearing the prayer, you get a very good vibe inside you. A must place for all to go."

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20 Ratings | 16 Reviews | 52 Sightseeings | 5 Photos

13. Ghoom Monastery, Darjeeling


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Ghoom Monastery is also known as Yogachoeling Gompa. It is located in a place called Ghoom in Darjeeling, hence the name Ghoom Gompa. It was in the year 1875 that a Mongolian astrologer cum monk established the Ghoom Gompa.

HolidayIQ Traveller Amit says, "The Ghoom Monastery is an extremely sacred place to the locales. Pay a visit to the monastery to experience the amazing Buddhist culture. The vibrancy of the monastery will also amaze you."

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