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#4 of 61 Places To Visit in Darjeeling
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Nr. CR Das Road, Darjeeling, West Bengal, 734101, India
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+91-33-44012086
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timings
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

about bhutia basti monastery

Overlooking the mighty Kanchenjunga ranges, the Bhutia Basti Monastery is nestled about a kilometer away from Darjeeling. The Bhutia Basti is the oldest monastery in Darjeeling, originally built on Observatory Hill in 1765 by Lama Dorje-rinzing. It was sacked by the Nepalese in 1815 and then rebuilt near St Andrews Church in 1861. It was finally moved to its present location in the Bhutia Basti, near Chowrasta, in 1879.

One major feature of the monastery is its library. It is an unusual blend of Tibeto-Nepalese architecture and a storehouse of rare artefacts, including ancient Buddhist texts that have many stories to tell about the culture and tradition of the place. Moreover, the gompa is home to the the original copy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, however to see this you have to get prior permission. Also a fine gold-accented mural is placed inside the monastery, lending it a beautiful. historic aura.

The Mahakal Temple is where the original Bhutia Basti Monastery used to be. An early morning walk up to the top is pleasant but be careful of the monkeys.

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Partha Airte
Partha Airte
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Jun 22 2014
if you want to see a great monastery then go to bhutia basti monastery gompa.it is situated a kilometer outside darjeeling. it is built based on tibeto nepalese style.it is a treasure trove of buddhist architecture and texts.it is a branch of phodan ...... read more
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