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Ghum Monastry

From Batasia loop we went ahead to the last destination of our Darjeeling trip that is the Ghum Monastery. As the saying goes, all's well that ends well, our trip ended on a good note with our visit to the monastery . We were lucky enough to visit, when the evening prayers were in progress, and the experience was truly divine. The music and the chants of the monks made the whole environment pious. It literally made me want to become a monk for a while ! Listening to the chants, looking at the huge golden idol of The enlightened Buddha, made me realize that peace lies in simplicity and modesty. The monks who resided there,dedicated their lives to the service of the monastery, they had one uniform, they were not allowed to go out much, neither were they allowed to engage in any sort of vanity,yet they were happy, and I can vouch for it because I saw that in their demeanor. It made me question myself, that why can't I be like them? But then, I guess, that life is easier admired than lived.. and certain things are just not meant for us. So with that bittersweet thought I left the monastery, and that marked the end of a beautiful and memorable trip.
Sreshti Verma
Popularly known as the Ghum Monastery, the Yiga Choeling Gompa is situated 700m from the Ghum Railway Station. Housing a massive and breathtaking Maitreya Buddha statue, the Ghum Monastery was built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso. It is also the largest of the four monasteries in the hill-town of Ghum. The other three monasteries that you must visit are Samten Choeling, Sakya Choeling and Phin.