Yiga Choling Gompa in Darjeeling

Yiga Choling Gompa Overview

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Yiga Choling Gompa, also known as Ghoom Monastery, is the best place for nature lovers and nirvana seekers. Belonging to the Gelug sect, this beautiful gompa is renowned for its 15 feet tall Maitreya Buddha (Coming Buddha) statue. The mastermind behind the grand structure of this monastery was Sherab Gyatso - a monk who was also a well-known Mongolian astrologer. Constructed in the year 1850, this monastery is a much revered place for Buddhists and has a wide collection of Tibetan manuscripts, paintings and murals.

Here, you can see a row of prayer wheels, with the mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ written in Sanskrit. As per Buddhist tradition, rotating these wheels has the same positive effect as oral chanting of the mantra. It is also believed that just touching a prayer wheel can completely purify one from all negativities.

Perched 8,000 feet above the sea level, this well-maintained monastery offers a panoramic view of the surroundings. The best times to visit this gompa are mid-February and 6th July (the Tibetan New Year and birth anniversary of Dalai Lama).

  • Opening Closing Time 09:00 am – 06:00 pm

  • Photo Opp

    With such a beautiful location and grand architecture, you get a lot of photo opportunities at the Yiga Choling Gompa. Get clicked while rotating the wheels or with the monks and make your trip memorable.
  • For Kids

    A visit to the monastery helps kids learn about Buddhism and its traditions.

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Hill Cart Road, Ghoom, Darjeeling, 734102, West Bengal ‎