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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the famous monasteries around Palampur?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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Want to surrender to the spirituality of the monasteries? Aesthetically built, the monasteries have much to offer to both tourists and devotees. They are the centres of Tibetan Buddhism. Although there is no dress code to visit the monasteries in Palampur but to show respect you should be discreetly dressed. A few must see are:

  • Tashi Jong Monastery
    Tashi Jong in Tibetan means auspicious valley, it encompasses a small stratum of the Tibetan refugees and is frequented by the peace seekers and Buddhist pilgrims all the year round. It is more like a community than a monastery and has been built recently. The artistic excellence of the temple can be derived from the beautiful loom like stupa, a Buddhist spiritual monument, placed in the monastery along with a wide variety of Tibetan artefacts, paintings, articles, magnificent gardens, restaurants and craft emporiums in the region which attract many visitors. When visiting Palampur it is a must to visit this holy residence of the Buddha.

  • Palpung Sherab Ling Monastery
    At a distance of around 18 kilometres from Palampur, is located at Baijnath in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. The monastery provides a complete range of facilities for monks to study and practice along with full retreat facilities, rooms and apartments. Within the monastery there is a college which offers seven years long basic education, a exhibition hall that displays photographic exhibits, art and other presentations and a craft centre which intends to teach traditional Tibetan arts. To reach the monastery you can take a bus from Kangra while Baijnath Paprola Railway Station is the nearest railhead.

  • Dirru Sakya Monastery
    Located in Bir which is around 35 kilometres from Palampur, this monastery belongs to the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism which was founded in 1073 by the great Tibetan Master Khon Konchok Gyalpo. The present head of Sakya lineage is His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin who is a great Spiritual Master. The Buddha teachings have been enhanced and preserved in its pure form by this lineage.

So lose yourself in serenity and calmness of these beautifully constructed monasteries which will soothe you even if you don't believe in Tibetan Buddhism.

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