Ghum Monastery (Yiga Choeling Monastery) Tours
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Darjeeling has a large Tibetan community, and its Ghum Monastery (Yiga Choeling Monastery) is one of the city's most popular sights. With its traditional architecture and golden exterior detailing, the monastery itself is a sight to behold, but the monastery’s 15-foot-tall (4.6-meter-tall) Maitreya Buddha statue and the views of the surrounding hills are what bring many visitors here.
Situated on the outskirts of Darjeeling, at some 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) in elevation, the Ghum Monastery (also called the Yiga Choeling Monastery) is among the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in West Bengal. It was constructed in 1850 by Mongolian monk and astrologer Sokpo Sherab Gyatso, and today it's run by the Yellow Hat, or Gelugpa, sect. Sunrise tours to nearby Tiger Hill often include stops at the monastery.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Ghum Monastery is a must-see for those with an interest in architecture and spirituality.
- Bring a jacket—it can be chilly here, especially in the early morning.
- The monastery is not suitable for wheelchair users.
How to Get There
Ghum Monastery is located on the outskirts of Darjeeling in the town of Ghum, about 15 minutes by car from the sunrise observatory at Tiger Hill or 20 minutes south from the Darjeeling Clock Tower at the center of town. While there is a narrow-gauge railway to Darjeeling, many people fly to the nearest airport in Siliguri, about a three-hour drive away.
When to Get There
The monastery is open year-round from morning until evening, though many visitors come first thing in the day, often after watching the sunrise from nearby Tiger Hill. The monastery also offers a number of religious celebrations throughout the year, including Tibetan New Year (Losar), usually in February, and the birthday of the Dalai Lama, in July.
India’s Tibetan Community
India has many large Tibetan settlements and a huge population of Tibetan people, largely because the Dalai Lama fled there following the 1959 Tibetan Uprising. The largest settlement is the hamlet of McLeod Ganj, near Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama himself resides; the Tibetan Government in Exile is also located here.
Address: Darjeeling, West Bengal, India 734102, India
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Ghum Monastery (Yiga Choeling Monastery)
Queen of Hills - Darjeeling is one of India's most famous holiday destinations. There are innumerable things to do in Darjeeling from sightseeing to trekking.. Sightseeing in Darjeeling is an absolute delight with lush green hills riddled with cotton-like clouds. Tiger Hill at Sunrise to view Panorama of the Kangchenjunga and mount Everest massif from Darjeeling's Tiger Hill. Enjoy the breathtaking Himalaya Train (Toy train) journey on hill. Also visit Batasia Loop, Happy Valley Tea Estate, Peace Pagoda, Ghoom Monastery, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoo, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Mirik. Explore some market and local food during the walk tour of Darjeeling.
The private tour will begin in Kolkata a colonial city having many monuments of British Raj. Fly to Bagdogra the gateway to Darjeeling, Pelling, Gangtok & Kalimpong the hill town once a favorite Hill station for British & Scottish. Hike to Tiger Hill for sunrise view, enjoy joy ride on Darjeeling Himalayan Rail, walk in a tea estate, interact with locals, hop off to shops & visit many monasteries the region. Then fly to Port Blair capital of Andaman & Nicobar Island which house Cellular Jail. From here head to Neil & Havelock Island offering miles long virgin beaches and water sport activities. Private transport, local guide, ferry transfers & monuments entrances are part of our package price.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What's the best way to experience Ghum Monastery (Yiga Choeling Monastery)?
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- Darjeeling Tour Package with Guide from Kolkata - 3 Nights/4Days
- Colonial Cities, Tea Estate, Monasteries & Andaman Island
- East India Tour Package (12 Days)
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