Every place has its own unique reasons why you must visit. Dharamshala, nestled in the Kangra district, stands out for its world-renowned monasteries that give visitors a peep into Buddhism and a feel of Tibetan culture. Meditate, worship, or see buddha statues and monks. Being in the monasteries is an uplifting experience that is sure to help you reconnect with your inner-self. As far as booking a comfortable resort in Dharamshala is concerned, Rakkh has got you covered. We are one of the best resorts in Dharamshala and organize a variety of activities and tours for guests. In this blog post, we introduce the top five monasteries you can’t afford to miss in and around Dharamshala.
1. Namgyal Monastery
Namgyal is the top-rated buddhist monastery in Dharamsala and many reasons for being on top of the list. The very fact that the third Dalai Lama found this monastery intrigues every traveler visiting Dharamshala to enter the monastery. Offering several tantra, sutra, and other religious learning centers, Namgyal Monastery has one more monastery and a number of temples within its campus. People regard Namgyal Monastery as one of the most holiest place in India and the world.
2. Gyuto Monastery
The Gyuto Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the world famous for its teachings of Buddhism and Tantric meditation. Originally founded in 1474 in Tibet by Jetsun Kunga Dhondup, it was rebuilt in Dharamsala after the Chinese invasion in 1959. Even today you can see monks practicing ancient rituals including recital of Tantric texts such as Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara, inside this monastery. The Gyuto Monastery lies just approximately 14kms from our luxury resort in Dharamshala.
3. Sherabling Monastery
If you are planning to also visit Palampur and other areas near Dharamshala, then you must include Sherabling Monastery in your itinerary. Located in Palampur, about 35 kms from Dharamshala, the Sherabling Monastery is not just a place to see a massive Buddha statue, but also absorb the peace and tranquility that Palampur is famous for. The most attractive feature of the monastery is its grand stupas, enveloped by a rich flora and fauna. The Sherabling Monastery is also the abode of Tai Situ Rinpoche, one of the oldest lineages of tulkus.
4. Tsuglagkhang Complex
What separates the Tsuglagkhang Monastery from other Monasteries in Dharamshala and India is its picturesque location. Located near Mcleod Ganj, this artistic construction is surrounded by enchanting forests of pine trees. Even the prayer flags fluttering from a distance is a mesmerizing view. Tourists, unlike the Namgyal Monastery, can access the entire Tsuglagkhang Complex. The official residence of the spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, the Tsuglagkhang Complex is also home to Kalachakra temple, several sacred paintings of the Buddhist culture, and a museum.
5. Tse Chokling Gompa
The Tse Chokling Gompa is just as famous as the Namgyal or the Gyuto Monastery, and has some fascinating history. Tse Chokling was built in 1987 as a replacement of the original Dip Tse Chokling Gompa in Tibet. This small monastery is home to a statue of Sakyamuni covered with a magnificent jewelled headdress. This small place, like the Tsuglagkhang Complex, offers a beautiful and serene atmosphere much needed for any city dweller.
Dharamsala is home to many world-famous monasteries such as the Dip Tse-Chok Ling Gompa, which give you insight into Buddhism and Tibetan culture. Our luxury resort in Dharamshala is strategically located in relation to most of the top monasteries. The Namgyal Monastery, for example, is just an hour’s drive from Rakkh Resort. If you need to check available cottages at one of the best resorts in Himachal Pradesh, click this link. To speak to one of our representatives, call us at 0124-4908-616, + 91 8800409567, or + 91 9816999300.