Neighbourhood Travel desk: Ghoom Monastery is one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling built in the year 1850.
There is another monastery called Samten Choling Monastery in Ghoom which is also sometimes referred as Ghoom Monastery by the locals. So if you are planning to visit the original Ghoom Monastery, be specific and mention old Ghoom Monastery.
The Monastery belongs to the Yellow Hat section also known as the Gelupka. One of the key attractions inside the monastery is the 15-foot model of the Lord Buddha which is known as The Maitreya Buddha or the Gyalwa Shampa which means the Buddha of the future or the Coming Buddha.
This is one of the biggest and oldest statues of Buddha in the Darjeeling. This statue was created with clay that was all brought from Tibet. In front of the Buddha’s statue, there are two huge oil lamps that keep burning all the time and all through the year.