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About Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery

The Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery is reached after a long walk on the streets of Mcleod Ganj. It was originally established in Tibet in the 18th century by Yongzin Yeshi Gyaltsen (a tutor of the 8th Dalai Lama). However, when the Chinese Red Army liberated Tibet, Dip Tse Chok Ling was destroyed to ruins. In 1992 people of Dip (local volunteers, monks) began reconstruction work on the monastery. In 1984, a beautiful site was bought 300 meters below Mcleod Ganj- the monastery that stands today, which at present has 25 monks, five of which served in the original Dip Tse Chok Ling. A prayer hall here enshrines a statue of Sakyamuni wearing a magnificent jeweled headdress. The place is abuzz with devotees and visitors especially when his Holiness Dalai Lama drops in to deliver one of his life-changing lectures. Some visitors interact with the monks who are friendly and also tell them about their ‘timetable’ that includes waking up at 6 AM with chanting prayers followed by attending school from 6:30 AM to 5 PM. These are the Tibetan monks usually orphans sponsored by the monastery. The temple here is two-storeyed, the ground floor houses the main temple while the second floor has an Arya Tara Temple and a private room for Dalai Lama.

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  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Family, Couple, Solo
  • Not Allowed Pets, Footwear
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