10 Magnificent Monasteries in India

It was in a town in Bihar known as Bodh Gaya that Gautama Buddha is said to have attained "enlightenment". It was while sitting under the "Bodhi Tree" that he is said to have gained knowledge which led to the creation of a religion known as...
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Jyotirmath

In Uttarakhand lies a renowned monastery called “Jyotirmath” (also known as Joshimath) that was established by Adi Shankara during the 8th century. This monastery is located in a town called “Jyotrimath” at an altitude of 6150 feet above sea level....
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Dhankar Gompa

Located at an altitude of 3,894 meters above sea level in Himachal Pradesh is a Buddhist gompa called Dhankar meaning “fort on a cliff”. This Gompa is situated in a village called Dhankar in the Lahaul and Spiti district. Additionally, this gompa is...
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Kungri Monastery

Belonging to the “Nyingma” sect and located in the Pin Valley in Himachal Pradesh is a monastery called Kungri. This monastery built around the year 1330 is situated in the Lahaul and Spiti district.  In terms of architecture this “gompa” comprises...
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Lhalung Monastery

Also known as “Sarkhang or Golden Temple” is a monastery located in Himachal Pradesh called Lhalung. This gompa built during the late 10th century by the great Buddhist translator Rinchen Zangpo is situated in the Lahaul and Spiti district. According...
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Tayul Monastery

  “Chosen place” is what Tayul a renowned monastery/gompa located in Himachal Pradesh literally means. This gompa is situated in the Lahaul and Spiti district in the Bhaga Valley at a distance of six kilometres from the city of Keylong. It is...
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Gemur Monastery

Located on top of a scenic hilltop in a small city called Keylong in Himachal Pradesh is a Buddhist gompa known as Gemur Monastery. This monastery built in the year 1300 is situated in a village called Gemur in the Lahaul and Spiti district. In...
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Key Monastery

Considered to be the “largest” monastery in the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh is the Kye Monastery. This gompa is located in the Spiti and Lahaul district, and is elevated at an altitude of 4,166 meters above sea level. In addition, this monastery...
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Tabo Monastery

Established by a Tibetan Buddhist “lotsawa” i.e. translator called Rinchen Zangpo is the gompa known as Tabo Monastery in Himachal Pradesh. This renowned Buddhist gompa is located in town called Tabo in the Lahaul and Spiti district.  The wall of...
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Kardang Monastery

Located at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level is a renowned Buddhist monastery known a Kardang. This important gompa is situated in the Lahaul valley in the Lahaul-Spiti district. In addition, this monastery lies on southern bank of the...
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