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Dalailama Monasteries in Dharamsala

Dalailama Monasteries in Dharamsala

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is the spiritual guru and temporal leader of Tibetan people. He was born in a small village called Takster of northeastern Tibet on 6 July 1935. At the age of two the child name Lhamo Dhondup was recognized as the incarnation of 13th Dalai Lama Thubten Gyatso. Dalai Lamas means the “Ocean of Wisdom” is the manifestations of the Bodhisattva of Compassion who chose to reincarnate to serve the people. His holiness began his monastic education at the age of 6 and at the age of 23 in 1959 he sat for the final examination in the Jokhang Temple, Lhasa the capital city of Tibet. He passed his honors degree Geshe Lharampa Degree which is a doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy. In 1959, with the brutal suppression of Tibetan national uprising in Lhasa by Chinese troops the Dalai Lama was forced to escape into exile. Since then he has been living in Dharamshala. This makes Dharamsala as one of the widely known International tourist destination which is now the seat of the Tibetan Government in exile.

There are various Buddhist pilgrimages which are visited by vast number of tourists among them some of the most famous are:

Namgyal Monastery The Buddhist Pilgrimage
Situated in Dharamsala district of Himachal Pradesh the monastery is also known by the name of Namgyal Dratsang in local language. Founded by Sonam Gyasto the third Dalai Lama in 1575 the main aim of this monastery was to assist Dalai Lama in public religious activities and offer prayers for the welfare of the people of Tibet. The monastery complex consists of an institute, monastery and small temples. No visitor is allowed to enter the temple premises and is open only to Dalai Lama and his students. The monastery was earlier at Lhasa, in Tibet and after Dalai Lama left Tibet, a new monastery was constructed at his residence in Dharamshala on the same principles of the ancient one.

Namgyal Institute
The institute is one of its kinds providing education which specializes in Tantra and Sutra. It is not easy to enroll this institute as men have to prove their mettle by qualifying in the difficult training. The students have to spend about 13 years in rigorous training and attaining knowledge. Dalai Lama himself teaches in this institute and providing the students with the blessed knowledge.

Tse-Chok Ling Gompa
The inauguration of this Buddhist monastery, Tse-Chok Ling Gompa in McLeodganj, took place in 1987. The original Gompa was situated in Dip, Tibet was destroyed during 1959 during the Chinese Cultural Revolution and its reconstruction work was started in Tibet during 1992 by Tenzin Gelek Rinpoche, who is the 6th reincarnation of the founder of the monastery.

How to Reach

By Air
The nearest airport to Dharamsala is Gaggal Airport which is 13 km from Dharamsala and 8 km from Kangra.

By Train
The nearest Railway Station to Dharamsala is Kangra which is 17 km from Dharamshala connected to Pathankot through narrow gauge line. Nearest broad gauge railway station is Pathankot which is 88 km from Dharamshala which is directly linked to Amritsar, Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta.

By Road
Delhi to Dharamsala this access route leads via Delhi - Sonipat -Panipat- Karnal- Ambala- Chandigarh - Una -Pragpur - Dehra- Jawalaji - Gaggal - Dharamsala

Best time to visit
March to June and September to November.



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