Drukpa Kargyud Monastery, more popularly referred as the Dali Monastery or Dali Gomba, is located at a distance of 5 km from the main town of Darjeeling. Built in 1971 by Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche, the monastery is known for preserving the age old culture and tradition of the Tibetan monks.
It is home to around 210 monks who came down from the Himalayan region to make Darjeeling their home. In the year 1993, Dalai Lama had paid a three day visit to the Dali Monastery to spread the words and teachings of Buddha and the Tibetan culture. Every morning religious prayers take place in the main hall of the monastery.
This is one of the biggest monasteries in Darjeeling. The walls are painted with bright colors depicting the story of life and journey of Lord Buddha. There is also a small library in the monastery, the shelves of which are filled with books on Buddhism and philosophical acts of life. The best time to pay a visit to the Dali Monastery is either in the morning or in the evening when the prayers and chanting take place.
Timings: 5:00 am to 6:30 am and 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm (prayer times)