10 leading Buddhist Monasteries in India

Buddhism was flourished in North eastern parts of India in the mid of 5th century AD. In  India, Tibet is a place where Buddhism prevails more likely and also in the parts of Himachal Pradesh & Jammu & Kashmir. Guru Padsambhave went to Tibet for spreading Buddhism. Further Dalai Lama and his followers spread Buddhism in India. There are lots of monasteries founded in India. Monasteries of  Buddha in Himalayan regions are designed with ancient artworks situated in the midst of tranquil landscapes.

Hemis Monastery


Hemis Monastery, Ladhak

Hemis monastery is the most richest, oldest, tallest Buddhist monastery. This monastery was established in 1672. Hemis monastery consists of huge collections of statues, arts, sacred thangakas. Homestay accommodation is provided in Hemis monastery. Hemis festival is the most beautiful festival coming with dances and is held in June/July.

Enchey Monastery



Enchey monastery was built in 1909 and is located in Gangtok, Sikkim. The monastery consists of three gods,  Lord Buddha, Guru Padmasambhava & Loki Sharia. Cham dance is the festival held in this monastery which is performed as per Tibetan calendar.

Phuktal Monastery


Phuktal Monatery is located in south eastern parts of Zanskar, Ladhak. This monastery is built on the mouth of  a cave , on the cliff. The river is flowing down to the cave. 3 day trekking is required to reach this monastery.

Tawang Monastery


Tawang Monastery, AndhraPradesh

Tawang monastery is located ion Andhra Pradesh and is one of the biggest monasteries in India. In Tibet Tawang monastery is said as Galden Namgey Lhatse which means celestial paradise in night. The monastery  is built of three storeyed Parkhang library which includes invaluable collections of 400 year old Tanjur, Kangyur scripts along with large collections of Tangym, Sungbhum and other old books, manuscripts both handwritten & printed. These manuscripts are also founded in gold.

Thiksey Monastery


Thiksey monastery

Thiksey monastery is located in Ladhak and is the most beautiful monastery and consisting 12 storeys. They are built in ascending order for making them more spacious . Thiksey monastery resembles to Patola Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. This monastery is considered as the second most famous monastery in Ladakh.

Rumtek Monastery


Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim

Rumtek monastery is situated in Sikkim and was built  by 9th centuary Karmapa . Rumtek is considered as the largest monastery among the 200 Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim. There is a ritual dance art perfomance held in this monastery in the month of May/June before Tibetan New Year Losar.

Palpung Sherabling Monastic seat


Palpung Sherabling Monastic seat, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Palpung Sherabling Monastic seat is situated in the midst of pine forests, mountain peaks of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. There are large stupas built in the entrance with a golden Buddha statue on the tower.

Tabo Monastery


Tabo Monastery, Himachal Pradesh

Tabo monastery is the oldest monastery, more than 1000 years old situated in the Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh. Tobo monastery holds 9 temples protected by Archaeological Survey of India.

Mindrolling Monastery


Mindtrolling Monastery, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Mindtrolling monastery is located in Clement Town, Dehradun and is the major monastery of Nyingma school, Tibet. The great stupa in Mindtrolling  monastery is considered as the biggest stupa in the world. Today Mindtrolling Monastery is considered as the largest Buddhist institutes in India.

Namdrolling Monastery


Namdrolling Monastery, Karnataka

Namdrolling Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastery & Golden Temple is the famous monastery in South India. There are immense golden statues inside the monastery consisting of 5000 lamas(Monks & Nuns).

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