Tag: Monastery

Things to do in Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok, the heartland of the mystical Sikkim is one of the favourite destinations in the north-eastern India. Once you are here, you will feel that you are in a different place altogether. Neat and clean, the city is as peaceful as you want it to be and as beautiful as your heart wants to see. So once you are at Gangtok, there are loads of things that will simply make you fall in love with this hilly capital of Sikkim. We have collated the best of them for your next trip to Gangtok. How to reach Gangtok: Like Darjeeling,...

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Rongo – the village that looks like a picture postcard

Rongo, a small picturesque mountain village in the Dooars region of West Bengal is a perfect place to recline and relax. Situated on top of a mountain, It is a small picturesque village with very hospitable locals. It serves as the head quarter of Cinchona plantation in the Kalimpong subdivision. It is a significant place for plantation and growing of medicinal plants. Rongo can be reached after crossing Chalsa and then turning left at Khunia More after Chapramari, Sechu and Gairibas. From Gairibas, an uneven uphill motorable road of abpout 7 km will take you to your destination. But mind it;...

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The Hemis Monastery – Ladakh

Hemis Monastery is the largest monastery in Ladakh, and perhaps one of the most beautiful one. Located about 49 km south from the town of Leh on the Leh-Manali route, Hemis is one of the richest monastery of this region. Hemis monastery follows the Drukpa lineage or the dragon Order of Mahayana Buddhism. GyaIwa Gotsangpa Gonpo Dorje a main disciple of the 1st Gyalwang Drukpa, Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorie (1161-1211), and one of the most celebrated yogis in the Himalayas, came to Ladakh in the 13th century and established the Drukpa Lineage hire. Gyalwa Gotsangpa meditated In a cave...

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Taktsang Monastery – the Spiritual Encounter

Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest Monastery was perhaps the best part of our visit to Bhutan. It is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. Before visiting Bhutan, we did not know that the monastery was so perilously perched on a mountain cliff. The only word that came to my mind when visited the monastery was dangerously beautiful! The monastery looks as if it has grown out of the mountain itself. Taktsang Monastery is believed to be the holiest place in Bhutan. It is located about 10 Km from the town of Paro at a height of about 3120 metres...

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Entering Leh, The Srinagar-Leh Highway

Ladakh has always been a panacea for travellers. We too wanted to have the taste of trans-Himalayan adventure, get the feel of the cold desert and wander round the mighty monasteries. Having heard much and seen a lot of google images, the blue waters of the Pangong seemed to beckon us; the monasteries called us with all its splendour and mystery.  So when during July 2013, we planned for the Amarnath Yatra, we decided to give Kashmir Valley a miss, and foray into the mighty Ladakh. And the best way to enter Leh is by the Srinagar-Leh Highway. After completion...

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