Dalai Lama Temple Complex
Dalai Lama Temple Complex
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  • vip_foodie
    Bengaluru, India3,328 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Holiest place in Dharamshala
    It is the residence of current 14th Dalai Lama and also known as Namgyal Monastery. There is a Buddha Statue and Kalchakra temple inside the monastery. It houses a lot of monks and you can find many Tibetan people practicing meditation here. It is one of the holiest places in Dharamshala.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Kapil Sood
    Bengaluru, India414 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit when in Dharamshala
    Very serene environment, excellent Darshans of Buddha and a place to spend some time. It's very well maintained, clean and organised. Also happy to see that they do not put restrictions on cameras etc. Also, there is no specific dress code for visiting this place. The approach however is through narrow streets. While we had driven down to McLeod Ganj all the way from Bangalore but within McLeod Ganj we hired a cab for the day because finding a parking is next to impossible and also the streets are very narrow. Near this temple complex I did see a multi storied car parking but not sure if it's open for general public.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2024
  • David W
    Mumbai, India143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Fun Getaway in the Hills
    My friend and I had a fun weekend in Dharamshala in June, 2024. We stayed in McLeod Ganj in an AirBNB not far from the main chowk. We split our time between gift shopping, sightseeing, and eating. At 2000 metres, the air was a bit tin. The narrow lanes were often steep, so we got a workout just walking around. The prices were very affordable. The shopkeepers were quite friendly and pleasant to deal with whether or not we ended up buying anything. Shopping wise, I'd like to give special praise to Naseer at Arts & Craft Jewelry. I also got an expert deep tissue massage from Prashant at Himalayan Wellness. we picked up a few odds and ends from the stalls along the roadside. We got some good bargains on handmade clothes at the Tibetan Handicrafts market across from the Dalai Lama Temple. We tried a variety of Tibetan foods. We enjoyed our meal at Tibet Kitchen the most. Jimmy's Italian Kitchen had a surprising variety of Italian dishes, but my sense was that all of them were localized to some extend for Indian tastes which are spicier than Italian tastes. We did little sightseeing in McLoeod Ganj, but on our way back down the mountain among the hairpin turns and scenic views, we stopped to see the lovely cricket stadium and the Norbulingka Tibetan Culture Centre with its exquisite Losel collection of dolls and other handicrafts. Our weekend in Dharamshala proved to be a lovely, relaxing getaway in a clean, somewhat cool hill station with a relaxed pace but enough to do to stay busy. I recommend the town if you're looking for a getaway in Northern India.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 June 2024
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debabrata707
Kolkata (Calcutta), India669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We have visited this place at the time of our stay at Dharamshala.It is the must visiting place to understanding the Buddhism.The complex is very good and you have seen lot of Tibetian monk are here with doing their ritual.Also scenic beauty around this place is also good and in one word we have enjoyed lot with visiting this place.
Written 6 February 2020
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Neha Singh
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Situated in the middle of a busy narrow street, this temple has peace of mind to offer. Compound is really calm and soothing. Connectivity is good. Also place is surrounded by fabulous cafes.
Written 16 March 2020
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Kapil Sood
Bengaluru, India414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very serene environment, excellent Darshans of Buddha and a place to spend some time. It's very well maintained, clean and organised. Also happy to see that they do not put restrictions on cameras etc. Also, there is no specific dress code for visiting this place.
The approach however is through narrow streets. While we had driven down to McLeod Ganj all the way from Bangalore but within McLeod Ganj we hired a cab for the day because finding a parking is next to impossible and also the streets are very narrow. Near this temple complex I did see a multi storied car parking but not sure if it's open for general public.
Written 22 March 2024
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TMBom
Mumbai, India1,002 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
The monastery is at a height. Has become popular because His Holiness Dalai Lama stays here. The tere are many steps to climb. I saw a lift but not sure if it’s operational. You must try and visit when the prayers or mainly the debates are going on. I think the debates are in the evening from 4-5 pm.
Written 9 March 2023
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Christopher A
Portland67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
An excellent trip. We went in October, a good month in terms of weather. We able to attend prayer sessions with HH Dalai Lama. Very nice walks in the morning (circumambulation path) around the temple. Dharamsala is somewhere we'll return to, has a special spirit.
Written 14 December 2022
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GlobeExpress
Sydney, Australia110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
I got up very early and joined the monks (as an observer) while they finished breakfast and did morning prayers. Stroll down Temple road, clear security and go up sit on the platform as the day gets underway. Explore the Temple, walk past the prayer wheels and watch the buzz. I made a donation outside the Temple after I left. You can then follow the road around the perimeter. I had a arranged to meet the Dalai Lama on one of my trips which was a wonderful experience. Bear in mind that this is in McLeod Ganj above Dharamshala.
Written 18 February 2021
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lotusdiamond
Chandigarh, India1,248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Abode of his Holiness Dalai Lama situated in the middle of Macloadganj . Big temple and in case you are lucky you get to attend Dalai Lama’s address. Very serene and blessed place. You can sit for hours to meditation. You can reach this temple by your vehicle or cab. Parking available just outside but heavily crowded. You can also reach this place by skyway cable car from Dharamsala. Totally calm and quiet place in the mid of pine trees . Photographers delight and must visit place.
Written 8 January 2023
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Trav
Uttar Pradesh, India206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The most popular with place to visit in McLeod Ganj. Excellent Darshan with no touts. Very busy with lots of crowds. Both lifts were not working and the ramp was very steep and was relatively disabled unfriendly. Wheelchair available. Lots of monks were praying. Immediate parking around the area difficult. Small network of shops selling local goods.
Written 18 June 2023
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esmondl601
Perth, Australia89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Toured the complex and temple and apart from the overwhelming spirituality and tranquility of the place the views are fantastic. The town of McLeodganj is very compact with very narrow streets lined with shops (similar to some towns in Italy). Great place for rest and reflection even if one is not religiously inclined.
Written 24 February 2020
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Akshay Sharma
New Delhi, India11,101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is a Buddhist temple and an abode of Dalai Llama in Dharamshala. It has very nice statues of Lord Buddha. The place provides a good view of the Valley of McLeodGanj. A must visit place while in Dharamshala.
Written 5 May 2022
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