Thongsha Gumpha
Thongsha Gumpha
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D Purushothaman P
Doha, Qatar173 contributions
Jan 2013 • Family
Thongsha Gumpha, Kalimpong, locally called the Bhutanese Monastery, is the oldest and most popular priory here. It is located just 1 km away from town, on the 10th Mile. It is a classical encapsulation, of a spiritual Buddhist ecclesiastical erection, in honour of its learning and lineage. The monastery serves as a sacred prayer house for the monks, for pursuing their ego-transcending spiritual discipline of Sadhana. The construction, follows the sacred geometrical Mandala design, of a central hall, with smaller satellite extensions connected to it. There is one central prayer hall containing a huge principal, Buddha statue in the middle, wearing a serene countenance, along with the religious sacremental, delicate silk scroll-painting Thangkas, depicting crucial phases in the enlightenment of Buddha, adorning its four walls. The resident monks, stay in small cubicles, in the adjoining living accomodation.

This lamasery was established in 1632, under the patronage of the then King of Bhutan. Susequently, it suffered partial demolition, during the tumultuous Gorkha rebellion of the early 1800s. Finally, in the late 1800s, the monastery was restored and reconstructed, under the active participation of the contemporary Dalai Lama. Who had even brought along 108 prayer wheels, for installing them for the daily prayers of the monks, which can now be seen, planted on either side of the entry to the prayer hall. The various grand murals and frescos, that are on view inside the prayer hall, were also approved by him. The current friary, is a modest two storeyed structure, having white-walls with red borders and four windows, in the front facing wall, which also incorporates, an alcove-like covered jut out, in the middle of the upper storey, just above the grand wooden doors of the main entrance. The underside of the multi-tiered sloping roofs, have very colourful geometric patterns painted on its white background, giving a splendid look to the outward appearance. The multiple roofs, finally culminates in an opulent single, central golden pinnacle, that easily distinguishes this stately divine retreat, from the other more common place residences.

There is an all-pervading calm, one senses deep inside one's soul, when one walks in the shadows of the warm glow of dim oil lamps and smell of incense, in the venerable precincts of this ministry. Everyone must go there, to feel this divine tranquility, when in Kalimpong!
Written August 30, 2013
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SaileshSarmah
Tinsukia, India237 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
1km from town. Situated at the 10th mile this monastery of Bhutanese origin was built in the year 1630 and it is the oldest monastery in this region.
View of Mt Kanchenjunga is awesome.
Written March 11, 2015
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Bornav
Assam, India11,071 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
Thongsa Gompa is the oldest monastery of Kalimpong, it was later rebuilt in 1964. It is locally known as Bhutanese Gompa as it belongs to the Nyingmapa sect, it was built after the Bhutanese captured Kalimpong hills from the Chogyals of Sikkim and established a fort at Pedong. It is located in 10th Mile, near the Mangal Dham temple. Mornings are the best time to visit this shrine during the prayer sessions. Bhutanese royals have also visited this Lhakhang when Kalimpong was their main administrative centre for southern Bhutan even after India's independence!
One can also visit the 11th Mile monastery of the Tibetan Gelugpa sect and the indigenous Lepcha monasteries nearby.
Written September 19, 2014
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SangiTani
New Delhi, India238 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
This was our first visit to any Monastery. We reached early in the morning to this place as we had to reach Gangtok and this was in between. The doors were closed around 9 AM, We requested caretaker (who was monk) who opened the door for us. The place was very calm and quite. It had beautiful paintings and prayer wheels at the outside. Monk told us that this one was very old Monastery. We spend almost half an hour to this place.
Written October 8, 2018
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Mala B
Johannesburg, South Africa39 contributions
Jan 2020
I was so intrigued by this place and the history and linage of this place. Easy to access and learn abut the heritage of this templle
Written February 17, 2020
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ranitb
Kolkata (Calcutta), India609 contributions
Jan 2017
After entering you would feel that you are in one of the monastery at Bhutan...Calm Peacefull and surely will visit again
Written February 22, 2017
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Anik_Rahman
Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,102 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
Guided by my friend Rigzen I came here on the afternoon after lunch. It was a cloudy day and I loved the weather when I was up there in the Monastery. I found it so peaceful and serene and I could see the military personnel playing on the ground next to the Monastery. I mediated here for about 20 minutes and felt so fresh when I left. I would definitely this place to anyone who is in Kalimpong.
Written March 1, 2015
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Kciff
Fox Island, WA1,016 contributions
Sep 2019
The inside is beautifully painted with all the Taras, many Buddha lessons, and scenes from heavenly bliss to firey torture. The statues are finely made. It would be more interesting to be there when the monks are praying but the quiet was also special.
Written September 26, 2019
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stantp1916
Farakka, India1,247 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
The monastery was closed when we arrived there. We didn’t get a chance to see the interiors of the monastery but we did enjoy rolling the drums outside as we walked around the building. We took some exquisite snaps of the mountains and the valley from the roof of the monastery.
Written July 9, 2019
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Amitava
Kolkata (Calcutta), India7 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Although we got there little early - the Gumpha was closed - but once opened, it was all peace and colorful just like any other.
Written April 4, 2019
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Thongsha Gumpha, Kalimpong