Tibetan Monastery Manali
The Tibetan monastery is one of the major tourist spot in Manali and is famous for weaving different and colourfull carpets. Residents and immigrants of Tibet produce handmade handicrafts to attract the various tourists.
Tibetan Monastery is one of the oldest
and famous place in Manali. Due to huge number of tibetan
peoples settled in Kullu Manali Tibetan Monasteries has been set up.
The main attraction of the monastery is the handicrafts of Tibetan artistry and the carpets that are woven and sold in the monastery. The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa in Manali was constructed in the year 1969. The architecture of the monastery represents the Tibetan style of architecture designed with hued frescoes. The statue of the Lord Buddha presides in the monastery.
The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa is situated near the Mall in Manali. The monastery is run by the local people who gather funds through donations.
The aromatic fragrance of the Tibetan incense sticks that are lit in the Tibetan Monasteries of Manali lays an enchanting charm on the tourists and lures them to visit the monastery again. The Tibetan monasteries at Manali are one of the main Manali tourist attraction and features chiefly as an important pilgrim itinerary on a tour of Manali.
Lamas are trained as preachers and performers of religious rites in the monastery. The monastery also runs a Thanka school of arts and a carpet-weaving centre.
This is done mainly to preserve ancient Tibetan art. Handicraft are also kept for sale to outsiders. The paintings inside depict events from Lord Buddha's life. The Kalchakra i.e. the wheel of life painted on the wall of the monastery shows the circle of life. In the vicinity of the monastery there is the 'manne'. The Buddhists believe that rotating it gives you salvation.
There is another monastery at Pangran, about 8 km from Patlikuhl a small town on National Highway. The lamas (Monks) are given training to be preachers. During the training the lamas are not allowed to go out. They are provided with lodging and food.
Second Park is behind the Hadimba Devi temple. After taking the blessing from Hadimba Devi one can visit this park.
Third Park is on the way to Hadimba Temple and known as Wildlife Information Centre. This park has a small pheasantry inside which contains varous pheasntls species of Hiamalayas like Himalayan Monal, Red Jungle fowl, Kalij, Koklass and Cheer Pheasant.
These parks are quite and away from the crowd of the city and perfect place for peace lovers. There are nominal entry charges of Rs 10 (aprx) and you can enjoy the whole day over there. You can enjoy river crossing, boating, rides and swings for children over there.