Ghoom Monastery-The Buddha to Come
The Ghoom Monastery or popularly called as Yiga Choeling Gompa is one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling. It the most famous monastery of the region and also a prime tourist attraction in Darjeeling. Located at a distance of 8 km from Darjeeling, the old monastery was built in the year 1850 and enshrines a 5 m high statue of Jampa ( Maitreya or 'Future Buddha' ) and 300 beautifully bound Tibetan texts.
The 15 feet whooping statue is seated at the entrance of the Ghoom Monastery. There are bells, ornate thanka scrolls as well as drums inside the Gompa Monastery. It is the best place for that tourist who is in search of peace and serenity. The Ghoom Monastery also preserves some rare, handwritten Buddhist manuscripts. The entry to the monastery is free but photography inside the monastery will cost your Rs. 10/- per photo and Rs. 50/- for a video shot.