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Ghoom Monastery

This monastery is situated just opposite to the Batasia Loop or the War Memorial. Nearly 8 kilometers from Darjeeling is the Ghoom Gompa. Here a very beautiful statue of the Maitriyia Buddha is established. The Monastery has also preserved some of the rare handwritten Buddhist manuscripts. There are three other Gumpha like Samdenchoeling, Sakyachoeling and the Phin Sotholing. Midway between Ghoom and entry of Darjeeling town is the Thupten Sangachoeling Gompa. Tourist and Guest interested in Tibetan Buddhism often visit or study here. A little closer to Darjeeling on the same road is the Sonada Gompa.This place also has a very good market where you can buy the purses, bags and other decorative items made by the local women at very reasonable price The monks or many Buddhist women sells Tibetan handicrafts and religious objects. If the monastery is closed nearby cottages will definitely please you with their ware. It is advisable for the guest to visit this area either early morning or late evening to get a glimpse of the beauty of the Himalaya and the rising or setting sun. At Ghoom one can spend more than a day. The Monastery, The highest Railway Station of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, The War Memorial, Batasia Loop and the scenic beauty is worth enjoying.

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