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Durpin Monastery

Sonal Agarwal
Sounak Ghosh
Durpin Dara Monastery, Kalimpong: Kalimpong’s largest monastery, formally known as Zangtok Pelri Phodang, sits atop panoramic Durpin Hill (1372m). There are rare Buddhist manuscripts on Tibetology inside called "The Kangyur" of 108 volumes. These were presented by Dalai Lama during his visit to Kalimpong in 1956 and the monastery was consecrated by the Dalai Lama when he revisited in 1976. There are impressive religious murals in the main prayer hall downstairs (photography is permitted), interesting 3D mandalas (visual meditation aids) on the 2nd floor, and stunning Kanchenjunga views from the terrace. Prayers are held at 6am and 3pm.The monastery is located about 5km south of the town center, and is most easily reached by taxi (one way Rs 200).