Thongsa Gompa (Bhutanese Monastery), West Bengal

Thongsa Gompa (Bhutanese Monastery)

Location: Thongsa Gompa, also known as the Bhutanese Monastery, is located near the junction of KD Pradkhan and RC Mintri roads in Kalimpong, West Bengal.

Description: One of the oldest monasteries situated in Kalimpong region, Thongsa Gompa was built in 1962 under the guidance of the King of Bhutan. The present Gompa is a renovated monastery that was restored after the demolition of the original one. Regular prayers are conducted here by Buddhist monks, making it a perfect place for meditation. Although, the number 108 is considered as a holy number, but the Gompa incorporates 219 prayer drums. The top floor of the monastery has attractive colorful frescoes. Many activities aimed at uplifting spirituality are performed here. Because of its religious significance, a large number of pilgrims come here to pay homage to the God and to ignite the feeling of spirituality. Tourists are allowed to access every corner of Thongsa Gompa.  This serene and holy place is a must visit when planning a trip to Kalimpong.

Activities: Surrounded by calm ambience, tourists can meditate here to rejuvenate their mind and soul. Visitors can participate in various activities, including regular prayers, to gain a feeling of spirituality. The scenic landscapes can be explored to witness the natural beauty. Moreover, a walk through the monastery can be taken to explore the temple that is built 500 meters downhill from the Gompa.

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