Durpin Gompa

Buddhist Monastery in Kalimpong

Kalimpong’s largest monastery, formally known as Zangtok Pelri Phodang, sits atop panoramic Durpin Hill (1372m) and was consecrated by the Dalai Lama in 1976. There are impressive religious murals in the main prayer room downstairs (photography is permitted), interesting 3D mandalas (visual meditational aids) on the 2nd floor, and stunning Khangchendzonga views from the terrace. Prayers are held at 6am and 3pm.

The monastery is located about 5km south of the town centre, and is most easily reached by taxi (one way ₹200). A viewpoint about 300m below the gompa looks north towards the Jelep La and south over the Relli and Teesta rivers. It's a pleasant downhill walk back to town, passing the army golf course and canteen. Stop for a tea at charming colonial-era Morgan House, now a West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC) hotel.