India is the land where Buddhism originated. A religion founded on the belief of peace, nonviolence and spiritual awakening it propagated far and beyond the borders of India. While in a host of countries it is the primary religion; in India Buddhism has been restricted to only pockets primarily in the high Himalayas. It is here that Buddhist monks have been seeking solitude for centuries to meditate and pray, and in their effort to attain spiritual enlightenment have build beautiful monasteries in the mountains. The abode of Buddhist monks, for a long time these monasteries remained isolated from the world outside have now opened up to theists, atheists and agnostics who can marvel at these dizzyingly coloured temples. The surrounding mountains reverberate with the mystical chants of "Om Mani Padme Hum", emanating from the holy confines of the monasteries. One can have a soul searching experience in one of these monasteries in the hills of West Bengal, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.