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“Beautiful inside, lacked soul”
Review of Tsechokling Gompa

Tsechokling Gompa
Ranked #7 of 23 things to do in McLeod Ganj
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 28 May 2014

You step inside into an oasis that takes your breath away completely - the premises are simply beautiful, verdant, architecturally lovely and spaced out, has a fantastic temple, arts/ crafts workshops at many levels and so on. Scattered all around are stone scultures and features that are a feast for the eyes and your camera.

And you feel great too, if you ignore the indifferent and almost dismissive attitude of the occupants and the artisans - it was as if they were doing us a favor by attempting to explain if we raised even a faint query on what they were crafting.

Some of the rooms above the temple were locked much before time with no explanation. Of course there weren't anybody to tell you why. The cafe was also closed when we reached. The toilets were not clean.

As long as one can disregard the look-through attitude, this is a nice place to go to. A bit distant from the main town of Dharamsala.

Thank NisheethSrivastava
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

A really great monastery, quiet, the monks is so friendly! There are dogs and monkeys but don't worry all is good energy!!

Thank Ophelie A
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Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

A strict compliance with a "no-camera, no-phone policy" is as necessary here as an open, contemplative mind. There is a booth outside to safely deposit your belongings. Once inside, you and any purse/bag you might be carrying are subjected to a physical check; only then can you enter the building. Right in front is the closely guarded residence of HH the Dalai Lama. The temple has a beautiful statue of the Buddha and the Padmasambhava but the piece de resistance is the statue of Avalokitesvara. The monastery in the complex does not have much by way of aesthetics but do try to catch young monks practising the tung (a Tibetan musical instrument) on most evenings.

Thank Shilpa-Mukul
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Very unassuming oasis, but not clean at the entrance dog and cat litter put me off sorry to say so. Strict entry no doubt , mobiles cameras out of bounds. The picture gallery gave a lot of insight into the struggle of the Tibetans, it enlightened me about the real plight of these people, encapsulated in the middle of rugged mountaneous land within central Asia.
A place good for meditation, prayer wheels around the shrine , calm and peaceful but the shrine is very simple . Missed the chanting of the monks.

Thank Sparkie09
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Wonderful positive energy permeated this temple!
I was a little annoyed about having my handbag searched as well as the "no camera" policy.

Thank moondustm
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