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Aloobari Gompa Monastery

Address: Tenzing Norgay Road, Darjeeling 734101, India
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Ranked #32 of 71 Attractions in Darjeeling
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

It might sound odd to review a temple that wasn't open when we went to visit but the point I want to make is that the walk to the Aloobari temple is so fantastic that it doesn't matter that the temple wasn't open. Take the road off Chowrasta that passes the pony stables and just keep walking. At the fork... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

One afternoon drove through the dense clouds and narrow hilly roads to this old and not so attractive monastery. One Buddhist monk (lama) at the new Ghoom monastery intimated me that he believes Aloobari monastery is the oldest monastery in this region and not the Ghoom old monastery. The monastery was found to be under renovation. The ground floor was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

I walked there and have to say it was quite fare (about 40min), but also a gorgeous walk passing old trees, small villages and having a wonderful view to the mountains. Once I was there a guy came to open the temple, downstairs was not much to see, coz the earthquake destroyed a lot. But it was very interesting to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

The monastery come while coming back from Tiger Hills...in morning u can see locals putting up stalls outside it...when u enter the monastery, one can feel how old it is...it has a historic relevance...lots of colours are used to decorate it... its nt maintained properly dnt know why, the washrooms are pathetic...just visit as a part of tour

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This monastery houses is a large multi-storied edifice. There are approximately 250 monks from Tibet and Sikkim housed there; many are students. There is a large room with six large bronze wheels that makes for interesting photographs. Photography is not permitted in the main temple. I met a monk who took me in to the main area; there are many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Damaged by the earthquake and under restoration this small, historic monastery is filled with colourful murals and buddhist artefact and provokes the imagination to give insight into the daily life as monk in years gone by and today. Helpful caretaker guide

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Monasteries are everywhere in Darjeeling. All are different, all are worth having a little tour... They just belong to the spirit of the place !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

This monastery can be reached by foot (maybe with a bike?) from Ghoom or Darjeeling. It is situated in a really small hamlet. For visiting, somebody will find out the keys and accompany you. The frescoes are old, some of them damaged by the last earthquake, but very interesting. Furthermore the walk passes on a nearly traffic-less road, very calm... More 

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