Before we start, some quick facts :-
- Opening & Closing Time – 9am to 7 pm
- Entry Fee – Free and open to all
- Distance from Dehradun railway Station – 0.9 kms (approx. 4 mins)
- Local name – Tibetan Monastery
- Quick Driving Directions – Head north towards NH72A, then turn left onto NH72A, now make a U-turn passing the HDFC bank on the right.
Mindrolling Monastery is situated at Clement Town, Dehradun, about 10 km south of the town’s centre. The word ‘Mindrolling’ in Tibetan means “Place of Perfect Emancipation”. The monastery is one of the largest Buddhist centres in India.
The monastery is locally known as Tibetan Monastery. What looks like a small street lined with Tibetan shops ends into a grand entrance of the monastery. We parked the car inside the entry gate and then took our shoes off to take a stroll inside the main temple.
Photography was not allowed in the inside of temple. So there aren’t any pictures. However the sight of gorgeous gold Buddha statue along with intricate ceiling work and monks studying inside it left a lasting impression on me.
The monastery exhibits grandeur and amazing display of Tibetan art and architecture. The lush green gardens and Great Stupa are especially remarkable. The Great Stupa in the monastery is 185 feet tall and believed to be one of the tallest Stupa in the world. It has several shrine rooms displaying sacred relics and Tibetan art. The Stupa is dedicated to the world peace for benefit of all beings. (Stupa is a Buddhist monument that represents Buddha’s enlightened mind)
The area surrounding the Stupa has lush green landscaped garden. It is spread in a vast area with various artifacts, prayer wheels and small Stupas encircling the Great Stupa. There’s also a 103 feet high statue of Buddha dedicated to HH Dalai Lama.
The monastery also includes learning centre, Buddha Garden, Prayer Hall, Deva Loka Guesthouse, a café and prayer wheels. You can stay in the nearby guesthouses if you’re an Indian national but foreigners are not allowed to stay overnight due to new government regulations. A large prayer wheel lies adjacent to Great Stupa. The prayer wheel is a spiritual device engraved with sacred Buddhist mantra (Om Mani Padme Hung) that is spun out to accumulate merit and create powerful karmas.
It took us around two hours to fully explore the monastery and we got hungry evidently. So we randomly selected one of the Tibetan café outside the monastery area and were eager to try out the Tibetan delicacies. The momos there were cooked to perfection and really delicious. A visit to an awesome place and such good food – our day was definitely made‼ Mindrolling Monastery certainly brings much needed tranquility to our rolling minds.
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