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All you need to know about the Monasteries of Dharamshala

Monasteries near me is one of the most popular searches we do when we want to experience the peace and tranquillity of Buddhist culture in Dharamshala. Being the abode of monasteries it is the best place to gain knowledge about Buddhism, its culture and traditions. The monasteries are surrounded by Dhauladhar mountain range add even more beauty to it

I have jotted down all the monasteries of Dharamshala along with their timings and what you can expect and experience there.

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Tsuglagkhang Complex:

Dalai Lama’s main Temple
The monks

This monastery is also known as the Dalai Lama’s main temple. It is the official residence of 14th Dalai Lama. The place holds a lot of significance of the Tibetans and local as it shows the sacrifice and the struggle they had faced to keep their existence alive.


It is located on Temple road of Mcleodganj.

  • The visiting hours are from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Photography is prohibited inside the monastery.
  • Please maintain silence and wear decent clothes as it is a place of worship and learning.


The Tibet Museum is present inside the premises where you can learn the history of Tibetans. The major attraction inside the temple is the bronze statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. You can also attend Dalai Lama’s session for just Rs 10 and for the details of the session you can follow his website The website has all the details of his schedule and timings so you can plan ahead and book to attend his teaching sessions.

Namgyal Monastery
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The Monastery was founded by second Dalai Lama Gendun Gyatso. It houses more than 200 monks of all four main Tibetan monastic lineages. It is also called as Namgyal tantric college. One can study in this college for three years and learn about Tibetan language, philosophy and practice both sutra and tantra.


It is located in hilltown. You can trek up to this place while enjoying nature’s beauty.

  • The visiting hours are from 5 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Photography is prohibited in some parts of the monastery.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and decent dresses to the monastery and maintain silence.

You can interact with the monks if they are free and learn about their lives. One can also enjoy the beautiful paintings, sculptures, and images of Lord Buddha.

Gyuto Monastery

Set on a hilltop and thus gives an amazing view of Dhauladhar ranges and Beas River. This monastery is famous all over the world for performing tantric meditations. It was originally founded in 1474 in Tibet and was re-established in India in 1959.


It is located in Sidhbari which is around 1-hour drive from Mcleodganj.

  • The visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • The entry fee for tourists is Rs 50.
  • Wear knee-length clothes in respect of their culture.

The best time of visit this monastery is during the festival of Buddha Purnima when the entire monastery is decorated. The Buddha statue present in this monastery is called Sankhyamukhi Buddha. The place is huge, clean and very peaceful. Being far away from all the hustle and bustle one can sit and meditate and introspect his or her own life. The living quarters of the monastery houses more than 500 monks. The monks are known for their chordal chanting.

Norbulingka Institute
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Norbulingka Institute

It was founded in 1995 by Kelsang and Kim Yeshi. This institute’s main aim is to preserve Tibetan arts and culture. It also offers a three year higher education course in traditional Tibetan studies. You can find various workshops of Tibetan statue making, thangka painting, wood carving, and painting and wood and metal crafts.


It is located in the Palampur-Dharamshala road.

  • The visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • There is an entry fee of Rs 50 for tourists.
  • Wear decent dresses for the monastery.
Doll museum
Doll Museum

When you enter the institute it will feel like a whole new world. The streams flowing along with the Japanese style gardens and the Tibetan flags floating in the sky are a treat to the eye. In the temple, the deity present is Deden Tsuklagkhang. The architecture of the temple, the painting, and the statues are a perfect example of amazing works done by Norbulingka artists.

Hummingbird cafe
The Hummingbird cafe

 The institute has a doll museum with over 500 authentic dolls dressed with original materials showing the culture of Tibetans. You can also shop for one of a kind handcrafts materials. The Hummingbird Cafe is an open-air restaurant which serves mainly vegetarian foods.

What else the Monasteries offer?
  • You can meditate in the monastery and feel the calmness of the surrounding you and leave with a lot of positivity.
  • One can learn a lot about Buddhism
  • You can observe the life of the Monks and know about their hardships and understand the struggle they have gone through to keep their culture alive.

I hope from this article you get an overall idea about all the Monasteries in Dharamshala and what to expect and do there. I found this amazing itinerary by Vargis Khan and I really think it can help you to plan your trip.

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