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Kalpa, Buddhist Monasteries, Handicrafts

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Kalpa is a small hill station town in Sutlej Valley, Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh; famous for its apple orchards, ancient temples and Buddhist monasteries.

Kalpa
Kalpa Hill station Town in H.P.

Most people follow both Buddhism and Hinduism and many temples have deities of both religions.

The town is situated at an average altitude of 2,960 meters or 9,711 feet. Pine-nut forests, Deodars, etc, are seen in plenty here.

Shivling rock, part of the Kailash mountains, which changes its colours throughout the day, can be seen from this hill station town.

Shyam Saran Negi, who was the first voter to cast his vote in the 1951 general elections, belongs to Kalpa.

There is a famous ancient Goddess Chanadika Devi temple at Kothi village, at 3 kilometers from Reckong Peo, the district headquarters and the downtown to Kalpa town. Kinner Kailash mountain ranges is another interesting place, a land known for its myths and fantasies. Suicide Point is another tourist spot at around 10 minutes walk from the town. Batseri village on your way-up is famous for handicrafts. The village has an ancient Lord Buddha temple and a Lord Badri Narayan temple. Sapni fort is also an important tourist destination known for its outstanding architecture.

How Do I Go to Kalpa?

Kalpa town can be reached from the district head quarters, Reckong Peo. Reckong Peo is at around 260 kilometers from Shimla, the state capital.

Match to September are ideal months to visit this hill station town. Other months are extremely cold and should be avoided.

Bylakuppe Buddhist monasteries

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Bylakuppe is an area or town, which is home to several Tibetan settlements, established by Lugsum Samdupling in 1961 and Dickyi Larsoe in 1969, near to Koorg, located to the west of Mysore district, Karnataka, India.

Bylakuppe Bylakuppe – Namdroling Monastery.

Tibetans accounted for majority of the population here. An estimated 70,000 Tibetans lives here today; on land leased by the state government to those who came to resettle in India after 1959.

There are a number of monasteries and temples at Bylakuppe. There are Buddhist universities at Bylakupe for advanced Buddhist practices.

If you are not a citizen of India, you need to get a PAP (Protected Area Permit) to stay overnight, (Obtaining this permit may take weeks to months.)

Some of the places of Interest at Bylakupe are Namdroling Monastery’s Golden Temple and
Ingalakere lake.

How Do I Go to Bylakuppe?

Bylakuppe is at a distance of around 80 kilometers from Mysore city. The nearest airport and railway station is at Mysore.

Phugtal Monastery

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Phugtal Monastery is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh, in Kargil district, Jammu & Kashmir state. Phugtal Monastery is located in the remote Lungnak Valley in south-eastern Zanskar taluk. The Phuktal Monastery is built like a honeycomb around a natural cave, which is believed to have been in existence for more than 2,550 years. The present Phuktal Gonpa of the Gelug lineage was established here in the 14th century by Jangsem Sherap Zangpo.

Phugtal Monastery
Phugtal Monastery
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Phugtal Monastery is also known as Phuktal Monastery or Phugtal Gompa and the Monastery can only be reached by foot. Supplies to the Phuktal monastery are brought on donkeys, horses, and mules in the warmer months. In the frozen winters, supplied are brought through the frozen Zanskar River.

Monastery here houses about 70 Buddhist monks. The monastery is built on a cliff, right under a cave entrance. The foundation is built with clay and twigs. The earliest inhabitants of the cave were the 16 followers of Gautama Buddha, whose images are there on the cave walls of the Phugtal Monastery.

How do I Go to Phugtal Monastery?

Phugtal Monastery is very difficult to reach . One can drive up to Zanskar from Padum by road and then need to trek. the remaining part. It requires lot of trekking (anywhere around 7 to 9 hours trekking alone) and its not a place for ordinary tourists. You need to cross many a Himalayan mountain passes to reach the Monastery via villages of Anmu and then Cha. A few houses offer home stay facility in Cha.

Another option is to go to the village Purne, on the opposite side of the river Lungnak and you need to cross wooden bridges en route. The second route is wider and not so high as mentioned in the first option.

Its advisable to opt for a group tour package from any reliable tour operator.

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills

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Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills is a beautiful pilgrimage center situated at an altitude of around 5500 feet (1675 meters) above sea level in Sikkim state of India. Siddhesvara Dhaam pilgrimage center at Solophok Hills was opened in November 2011.

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills
Statue of 87 feet high Lord Shiva, situated in the main temple inside ‘Siddhesvara Dhaam’ at Solophok Hills.

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills is unique in many ways with its temples, Char Dham and Jyotirlingas. Lord Kirateshwar statue, having a height of 16.5 feet is there in the pilgrim center at Solophok Hills. Shirdi Sai Baba temple is also there in the Siddhesvara Dhaam pilgrimage center at Solophok Hills.

The main temple at the pilgrimage center in Solophok Hills is 108 feet in height and is having a statue of Lord Shiva, which is 87 feet high, in sitting posture.

There is a replica of Chardham at pilgrim center. 12 Jyotirlingas are also replicated here for the convenience of Shiva devotees.

Char Dham is the four holy temples situated at Badrinath, Jaganath, Dwarka and Rameswaram. It is believed that visiting these four temples helps one to attain “Moksha”. The first 3 temples are dedicated to Lord Vishu; while the last temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Twelve Jyotirlingas are also replicated here for the convenience of Shiva devotees. The twelve Jyotirlingas , which are originally situated in different parts of India; Somnath in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna Swami in Srisailam, Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnathin Utterkhand,Bhimashankar in Maharastra, Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Utter Pradesh, Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Maharastra, Vaidyanath Temple at Deogarh, Aundha Nagnath Temple in Maharastra, Rameshwar temple in Tamilnadu and Ghushmeshwar in Maharastra; are replicated here.

How do I go to Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills?

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills is at a distance of 5 kilometers from Namchi town, the capital of South Sikkim district. There are motorable roads to the pilgrim center.

The capital city of Gangtok is at around 78 kilometers from Namchi town. Siliguri Junction railway station in West Bengal state, is the nearest railway station to Namchi town, at around 100 kilometers distance. There are regular bus services to Gangtok, Siliguri, etc. There is a helipad at around 5 kilometers distance from Namchi town, which offers helicopter services for tourists.

Entry timings, Entry requirements for Foreigners

Siddhesvara Dhaam opens at 8 am and closes at 6 pm. Those who are not citizens of India need to obtain a 30 day Inner Line Permit (which can be extended if required), to visit the state of Sikkim, which is issued by Indian Missions abroad and also by Sikkim tourism department offices at New Delhi and Kolkotta, apart from Darjeeling, Siliguri and Rangpo District Magistrates .

Is accommodation facilities available at the Siddhesvara Dhaam Pilgrim Center at Solophok Hills?

Yes; The Siddhesvara Dhaam pilgrim center at Solophok Hills offers accommodation.

There is a 96 bedded “Yatri Niwas”. There are normal rooms and VIP guest house. There are separate rooms for drivers also.

What are the Nearby Tourist Places to Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills?

Namchi Monastery, Ralong monastery, Samdruptse Monastery on Samdruptse hill, Ngadak Monastery, Tendong Hill, etc, are nearby Buddhist tourist centers. One of World’s tallest statues of Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, with a height of 36 meters or 120 feet, is situated at Samdruptse hill, close to Namchi town. The Rock Garden on the way to Samdruptse hill (where the above mentioned statue is situated) offers one of the best and magnificent views of Mount Kangchenjunga, world’s third highest mountain peak, at an altitude of 8,586 meters or 28,169 feet above sea level.

Tendong hills can be reached only by trekking from Damthang. Damthang is at 13 kilometers distance from Ravangla. Once you reach the Tendong hill top, you can view the entire Eastern Himalayas from the three storied watch tower. You need to trek through the forest for around 6 kilometers to reach the Tendong hill top.

Tawang Hill Station, Tawang Monastery

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Tawang Hill Station is situated Arunachal Pradesh state of India, at a height of around 10000 feet (3500 meters) above sea level. Tawang was captured by China in 1962 during the India-China war, later on China has withdrawn its troops from Tawang.

Birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama (Urgelling Gompa) in TawangBirthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama (Urgelling Gompa) in Tawang

Tawang is home to Monpa Tribes, who are Mongoloid descents, believed to be immigrated from Bhutan and Tibet.

Tawang is known for its natural beauty. There are many hot water springs, waterfalls, lakes, etc, in Tawang. Tawang is famous for River rafting in Tawang-Chu and Namjang-Chu rivers. Tawang is also famous for other adventure activities like Paragliding, Rock-climbing, Skating, Winter sport activities, etc. Snowfall occurs during the months of December and January and ice skating is popular during that time.

At 17 kilometers distance from Tawang city, lies the beautiful Pankang Teng Tso Lake (PT Tso lake or PTso Lake). Best time to visit the Lake is from April to October, when it is summer. During winter the lake remains frozen. The lake and its surrounding areas are a wonderful place , with its gushing river waters, Himalayas, colorful birds, colorfull flowers, etc. Jong–nga-tseir Lake is another lake at 42 kilometers from Tawang city, which was formed in 1973 due to a flash flood. The bare trees (without leaves) are a wonderful place for a tourist and photographers.

Bab-Theng – Khang Watrerfall is a beautiful fall at around 80 kilometers distance form the town, on your way to the Famous ‘Gorzam Chorten Stupa’ (or Gorzam Stupa) in Zemithang. “Phong-Phongma waterfall ” or “Jang waterfall” or Nurongneng waterfall”, at Nyamseir, is another beautiful fall at around 40 kilometers from Tawang town.

“Gorzam Chorten Stupa” at Zemithang is at around 92 kilometers from the town of Tawang. This Stupa was constructed by Lama Prathar in 13th Century A.D and stands on a 186 feet base and is 93 feet in height and is modeled after the “Boudhinath stupa” of Nepal.

Sela Pass at 13,714 feet above sea level is a beautiful place on your way to Tawang. The Iron bridge over Tawang – chu river, built during 1420 -1430, is at around 25 kilometers from the town.

There is a war memorial, “Namgyal stupa”, at a distance of one kilo meter from the town, in memory of the 2420 martyrs of India-China war of 1962.

Tawang Monastery

Tawang is home to one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries, Tawang Monastery and is also known as “Galden Namgyal Lhatse”, founded by Mera Lama Lodre Gyasto in the 17th century, as per the wishes of his contemporary, the 5th Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso. Tawang Monastery has a gold painted statue of Gautam Buddha, having a height of 8 meters. Tawang Monastery is the biggest Buddhist monastery outside of Tibet. The current and 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, when attacked by Chinese military in 1959 March, escaped to India and stayed for a few days at Tawang Monastery, before going to Tezpur in 18th April 1959. Shortly in 1959, Dalmi Lama established the Central Tibetan Administration head-quarters at Mussoorie and later shifted it to Dharamsala in 1960.

The “Parkhang Hall” which houses a library has huge collection of rare hand-written and block-painted manuscripts of many revered books for the Buddhists. ‘Teaching of Lord Buddha’, a 108 gold-embossed manuscripts, is kept here. 225 volumes explaining the teachings of Gautham Buddha are also kept here. These volumes of Buddha’s teachings are specially covered with moth proof silk coverings with paintings. There is a Craft Center which produces colorful woolen carpets.

“Urqelling Monastery” is another Monastery in Tawang, where The only Indian Lama, The 6th Dalai Lama, Urgelling Gompa, was born.

How do I go to Tawang?

Bomdila is the nearest bus station to Tawang at around 180 kilo meters distance. Tezpur airport alias Salonibari Airport with IATA code ‘TEZ’, in the state of Assam is the nearest airport to Tawang, which is connected to the “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport” (earlier known as “Dum Dum Airport “), Kolkata. “Rangapara Junction” in Assam is the nearest railway station to Tawang.

Entry permits to Tawang

Being a restricted area, tourists (Indians and Foreigners) are required to get Permits to go to Tawang, details of which are available here, at the official website of Tawang district. Indian citizens can apply for the Inner Line Permits online here .

Bodh Gaya, Gautama Buddha’s Enlightenment Site

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

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Bodh Gaya, Gautama Buddha's Enlightenment SiteMahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya

Bodh Gaya, Gautama Buddha’s Enlightenment Site is at Gaya district of Bihar state, India.

Bodh Gaya is the place where, it is believed that the Gautama Buddha attained Enlightenment and hence is one among the four sacred pilgrimage centers for Buddhists.

Bodhgaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.

Prince Gautama Siddhartha, 26 centuries ago, reached Phalgu near Gaya and sat under a Bodhi tree and meditated . After 3 days and 3 nights of meditation, he is said to have attained Enlightenment and the name ‘Budda’ was adopted. Decedent of the original Bodhi tree is still there at the site.

Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader for the Tibetans,  visits this place quite frequently during year ends. October to March is the main pilgrimage season.

Maha Bodhi Temple is at a distance of 110 kilometers from Patna. Emperor Ashoka, after 250 years of Buddha’s Enlightenment,  is said have visited Bodhgaya and founded this temple.

How do I go to Bodh Gaya, Gautama Buddha’s Enlightenment Site?

Bodh Gaya International Airport is at 13 kilometers distance.

Bodh Gaya is at 12 kilometers from Gaya city and NH 83 connects Bodh Gaya with Gaya City.

‘Gaya Junction’, at 12 kilometers distance, is the nearest railway station. Patna, the capital of Bihar state, is at a distance of 110 kilometers, which is well connected to all parts of the country by train.