Zang Dhok Palri Monastery, Kalimpong

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: East Main Road, Chandraloke, Kalimpong, West Bengal 734301, India
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Monastery
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About Zang Dhok Palri Monastery, Kalimpong

Perched at the top of Durpin Hills, this is a beautiful monastery consecrated in its entirety by His Holiness Dalai Lama himself. Renowned as Durpin Monastery, it stands tall as a true specimen of Buddhist architectural style. There’s a row of prayer wheels on the outside of the wall of the monastery. The stairway leads upstairs, where you can see stunning views of rolling tea gardens as well as stunning views of Teesta river. 


  • There’s beautiful and exquisite Tibetan paintings on its wall.
  • The meditation hall has stunning Mandalas which look three dimensional in appearance to woo you and calm you down.
  • Durpin Monastery holds religious significance due to the presence of the sacred Kangyur.

"The Kangyur" was carried by Dalai Lama Himself when he was in exile. It’s a mystical account consisting of 108 volumes. The gompa is famous for its prayer hall wherein one can delve in the peace and calm. Devotees and tourist alike flock the monastery during Tibetan festivals.

Zang Dhok Palri Monastery Information

  • You may not want to visit this place in the rainy season as exploring the outdoors would not be feasible then.
  • Photography is allowed.
  • Wearing of shoes and footwear is allowed inside.
  • Food is available for purchase. 

Zang Dhok Palri Monastery Opening and Closing Hours

  • The place stays open on all days of the week, including weekends and public holidays in the same timeframe.
  • Timings during the Tibetan festivals may vary.

How To reach Zang Dhok Palri Monastery by Public Transport

  • By Bus: Kalimpong Bus Station and Teesta Bus Stop are the nearby bus stations.
  • By Car: Regular share car services are available. 

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Things to Know Before Visiting Zang Dhok Palri Monastery

  • 95% of people who visit Kalimpong include Zang Dhok Palri Monastery in their plan

  • 27.35% of people start their Zang Dhok Palri Monastery visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Zang Dhok Palri Monastery

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday

90.09% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Zang Dhok Palri Monastery

People normally club together Lepcha Heritage Museum and Tendong Hill while planning their visit to Zang Dhok Palri Monastery.

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Zang Dhok Palri Monastery, Kalimpong Reviews

  • The monastery has a breathtaking view. when i visited in january 2013 the lama of monastery had passed way and monastery inner sanctum was closed due to his last rites. witnessed the preparation of his last rites and it was phenomenal. The grandeur of the event was amazing . People from all walks of life came to have his last view. the upkeep of monastery is amazing and beautifully managed. There is a ground adjacent to the monastery where we witnessed a football match. A must visit place if you are visiting kalimpong.

  • It is supposed to be a very important site for present day Buddhism. On a first glance it is an idyllic beautiful place, with a brilliant view of the Kanchendzonga, might I say, the best viewpoint possible there.

  • Zang Dhok Palri Phodang is a Buddhist monastery in Kalimpong in West Bengal, India. The monastery is located atop Durpin Hill, one of the two hills of the town. It was consecrated in 1976 by the visiting Dalai Lama. The monastery houses many rare scriptures that were brought into India after the invasion of Tibet in 1959. It also houses the 108 volumes of the Kangyur. It is also popularly known as the Lava Monastery. The view from the hill-top is breathtaking.

  • I often visit this place. Best monastery

  • Beautiful and spacious Buddha statue is looking different. Area is peaceful

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