Mindrolling Monastery

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

The region around Dehra Dun is home to a thriving Tibetan Buddhist community, mainly focused on the Mindrolling Monastery, about 10km south of the centre in Clement Town. Everything about the monastery is on a grand scale: it boasts a large college, manicured gardens and the five-storey Great Stupa . At over 60m tall, it’s believed to be the world’s tallest stupa and contains a series of shrine rooms displaying relics, murals and Tibetan art. Presiding over the monastery is the impressive 35m-high gold Buddha Statue , dedicated to the Dalai Lama.

The streets around the monastery have several Tibetan-run cafes. Unfortunately, due to a change in government regulations, foreigners are no longer allowed to stay overnight in Clement Town. Take vikram (large tempo) 5 from the city centre (₹10). An autorickshaw costs about ₹150.