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About Gyuto Monastery

Gyuto Monastery is located in Karmapa (his holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s residence) in Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the great monastic institutions of Gelyug order (newest of schools of Tibetan Buddhism). One of the most famous monasteries in Tibet, it was founded in 1475 by Jetsun Kunga Dhondup who was the main disciple of first Dalai Lama. In 1959 after the communist Chinese invasion the monastery was re-established in India. An off the beaten track leads one to the place where the monastery is situated. The environment here is like any other Tibetan monastery, calming even on being abuzz with the movement of different people comprising monk students and visitors. This monastery is actually a Tantric University is known for its Tantric meditation, Tantric ritual arts and Buddhist Philosophy. Monk students here are made to practice major Tantric texts that include Guhyasamaja, Chakrasamvara, and Yamantaka. Upon a friendly interaction with these monks, one comes to know that these are the lineages that have been passed on to younger generations of monks for more than 500 years. The main chamber of the monastery houses a big and majestic statue of the Buddha. Parking is available within the well-maintained premises of the monastery. With the amazing backdrop of snow clad mountain ranges and peak, the Gyuto Monastery is an incredibly peaceful place to spend an afternoon.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Family, Couple, Solo
  • Not Allowed Pets, Footwear
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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