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Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery in Manali

Gadhan Thekchhokling Monastery

Constructed in 1960 by Tibetan refugees, the Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa is a small Buddhist monastery in Manali. Along with Nyingamapa Gompa (the other significant monastery in the Himalayan region), it serves as a religious center and pilgrimage destination for Buddhists in Himachal Pradesh.

Gadhan Thekchhokling Monastery - Golden Buddha

The yellow pagoda style roof with a tiered tower at the top in the Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery is a fine example of Buddhist architecture and philosophy. Elaborate wooden carvings, colourful flags, murals and carpets unveil many of the Buddha’s life stories. The paintings illustrate various concepts like the Kal-chakra which is the wheel of life and the philosophy of non-violence.

Gadhan Thekchhokling Monastery - Buddha Statue

Gadhan Thekchhokling Monastery Gadhan Thekchhokling Monastery

Gadhan Thekchhokling Monastery

Whether you are visiting for seeing the golden Buddha statue inside or the outer architecture, you cannot deny the peaceful aura here. We hope that you do not end up visiting alongside a disrespectful herd of noisy tourists which can happen given that it is generally included in most Manali itineraries.

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Gadhan Thekchhokling Monastery

Tips for visiting Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa

  • The best time to visit this gorgeous place is sunrise or sunset (we did not end up there for either). The main shrine is open from 6 AM to 6 PM (timings may change based on season).
  • The entry is free. There is a small camera fee if you wish to take photos of the Buddha statue inside.
  • If you wish to support the establishment, you can buy Tibetan handicrafts and carpets from their shop which helps run the place. Remember that it is shut on Sundays.
  • You don’t need to be a Buddhist to enter the monastery; it is open to public. Like all Buddhist establishments, it is mandatory to remove footwear before entering the temple.
  • Please switch your phone off or put it on silent. After all, there is nothing more annoying than a visitor disrupting the peace in a monastery with an obnoxious ringtone. Let’s not be that person!

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11 Comments

  1. August 11, 2019 / 7:34 AM

    This monastery looks quite beautiful, I like the architecture. I am so unfamiliar with this part of the world and it seems there are so many treasures to see. Thanks for sharing this little corner!

  2. August 11, 2019 / 2:56 PM

    It looks beautiful. I never even heard about the monastery, but I’d like to visit because of its mesmerizing architecture.
    So sorry to hear that tourists can get disrespectful, such a pity. Love the fact that one can help the community by buying its handcrafts, it’s always important.

  3. August 11, 2019 / 6:06 PM

    This monastery is so colourful and beautiful. I love exploring monasteries espiecally if they are located in the mountains and would love to check this place out.

  4. Renata
    August 12, 2019 / 6:11 PM

    I love your tips on how to visit respectfully. May I add something? All modern cameras can be switched in mute mode – and I’d love people to do it at museums, houses of worship and other places that require silence. I hate to hear the noise of the shutter every couple of seconds! It’s as disresectful as mobile phones!

    • August 13, 2019 / 12:37 PM

      So true! It literally takes very little effort to be respectful.

  5. August 13, 2019 / 3:45 AM

    How much is the small camera fee? I am not surprised golden hour is the best time to be there. It is such a colorful temple.

    • August 13, 2019 / 12:36 PM

      The camera fee is Rs 20 for photographing the inner golden Buddha statue. There is no fee for photographing the exterior.

  6. August 14, 2019 / 3:37 AM

    I appreciate being able to visit a variety of sacred buildings when I travel. Churches, temples, and other sacred sites are always so interesting. And their followers’ devotion is admirable. I’m sure I would enjoy the peaceful feeling here, too.

  7. August 14, 2019 / 7:37 AM

    I cannot believe how detailed the architecture and carvings are at this monastery. And I love all the bright colors. It definitely does look peaceful and I would love to spend some time meditating here.

  8. August 14, 2019 / 9:40 AM

    What a beautiful monastery thekchhokling gompa is! The woodwork is really amazing and I love all the intricate details throughout the monastery that you caught on camera. So you said that the best time to explore it is at either sunrise or sunset. However you never said why and it looks great at the times you went which you said was neither the sunrise or sunset. Is there a reason those time are better?

  9. August 14, 2019 / 8:43 PM

    What a beautiful monastery, love the color combinations. Bummer that you weren’t able to visit during sunrise or sunset. Would you know if there’s a higher camera free for non-Indians?

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