Buddhist Tourist Place to Visit in Dehradun - Buddha Temple

Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun
Buddha Temple Dehradun

Buddha Temple of the Dehradun is an eminent example of Tibetan culture and Japanese art. Buddha Temple is situated in a calm and peaceful place far from the city's hustle and bustle.

Buddha Temple and Mindrolling Monastery is one of the major tourist’s attractions of Dehradun which attracts not only Indian tourists but also international tourists from various countries such as Japan, China, Nepal, Shri Lanka, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, etc.

Buddha Temple or Mindrolling Monastery is one of the tops tourist places to visit in Dehradun where thousands of tourists come every year.

Tourists come here to see, the World's Largest Stupa of Lord Gautama Buddha and to learn how to live in the Buddhist way of life. Here you can see a large Buddhist community.  

History of Buddhism in India

Lord Gautama Buddha was the founder of Buddhism born as a prince in the year 624 BC, in Lumbini near Kapilawaththu (Nepal). After married life at the age of 29, he left the palace and wandered around his kingdom.

He saw people were suffering from old age and illness. He saw how peoples lie, steal, and kill others for their short-time happiness and desires. It had a great impact on his mind. Hence he decided to find the meaning of life.

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Tallest Statue of Lord Gautama Buddha

Under a tree of ‘Pepal’ in the forest of Gaya in Bihar, he found the truth of life. As per his saying the cause of suffering is desire and the end of desire means the end of suffering. So for the end of your desires, you have to live your life with discipline and meditation.

Then he spent his life teaching peoples and converting them into disciples. Lord Gautama Buddha died at the age of eighty and giving an order to his community to continue his work.

Buddhism went to central Asia, China, Japan, Tibet and spread in many more countries of the world from India.

Buddhism History in Dehradun

After the Chinese invasion in the year 1959, the Dalai Lama who is the Dharamguru of Tibet left Tibet. Shri Dalai Lama came to Dehradun and stayed in Mussoorie's Birla House from 1959 to 1960.

At that time a large number of Tibetan refugees came to India. Then the Tibet Home Foundation Institution has been established at Mussoorie for the orphan and Tibetan children by Spiritual Leader of Tibetan Shri Dalai Lama in November 1962.

After it, they opened Tibet Home Foundation. There is a branch of Tibet Home Foundation at Rajpur in Dehradun which is a Montessori School and 14 Homes for needy children.

After some time school is upgraded for higher education and founded a famous study center of the Shakya Sect of Tibetan Buddhism in 1972.

Every year more than 500 "lamas" come to the Buddha temple to receive education, which is supervised by the authorities of the Buddha temple, they are given free food, lodging and clothes, and other facilities in the temple.

There are a green garden, tree-plantation, and shopping complex around the Buddha Temple. Buddhism was spread in Tibet from India, so in Tibet’s culture, religion, philosophy, art, and other things there is the influence of Indian culture.

Buddha Temple History in Dehradun

Tibetan Buddhist temple Dehradun
Modals of Stupas

After escaping from Tibet in 1963 and established in Dehradun, the Tibetan community started the construction of a Buddha Temple which was completed in 1965. Buddha Temple or Buddhist Temple is a Tibetan monastery also famous as Mindrolling Monastery.

Buddha Temple is actually a replica of a Monastery which is situated in Tibet. Kochen Rinpoche and some other monks for the promotion and protection of Buddhism religion and culture played the main role in the construction of a Buddha Temple in Dehradun.

Buddha Temple or Mindrolling Monastery

Buddha Temple or Mindrolling Monastery is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Dehradun. At Buddhist Mindrolling Monastery special emphasis given on the learning of Buddhist scriptures, astronomy, Traditional Tibetan medicines, Tibetan lunar calendar, calligraphy, and rhetoric.

There are four Tibetan religious schools named Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Geluk. These schools are very important in the Tibetan religion. Here one of the largest Buddhist institutes in India is Ngagyur Nyingma College.

There are two parts of the Buddha Temple. The first part has a huge Gautama Buddha Statue and the second part having a stupa where Lord Buddha is worshiped.

The tallest statue of Lord Buddha is 103 feet or 31 meters in height which are dedicated to the Dalai Lama who is the Spiritual Leader of the Tibetan People.

The Buddha Temple Stupa is the largest stupa in the world and it is a great example of Buddhist art and architecture. This stupa is built in Japanese style.

This stupa is surrounded by a garden spread over two acres. Beautiful art has been done on its mask. This stupa was inaugurated on October 28, 2002, for the benefit of all and world peace. The height of the Stupa is 220 feet and 100 feet in width.

The stupa has five floors in which the first three floors are full of gold paintings. These wall paintings Illustrate the Life events of Lord Buddha and painted by using pure gold color.

Each and every painting is very attractive and unbelievable. As per saying approximately 50 artists painted these wall paintings in more than three years.

After seeing these beautiful wall paintings, when you move to the fourth floor of the temple there is an open platform from where you can see a very beautiful 360-degree view of the Dehradun Valley.

Buddha Temple Complex

Buddha Temple Dehradun
Garden of Buddha Temple Dehradun

There are various facilities in the Buddha Temple Complex. Here you will find a very good collection of Buddhist culture, religion, literature, life, medication books in the Tibetan language which are mainly purchased by Tibetan community peoples.

There is a shopping complex where you find everything related to Tibetan culture and Buddhism.

You can enjoy many things related to the Tibetan culture at the Buddha Temple such as outfits, foods, architecture, and objects made by handicrafts, etc. There is a very big green and beautiful garden which open every day for the tourist and visitors.

Buddha Temple Place of Peace and Spirituality

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Prayer wheel or Mani wheel

If you are looking for places to visit in Dehradun for a calm & peaceful place to spend your time then Buddhist Temple is the best place for you. Best place for visiting with family. Well maintained by the Tibetan community peoples.

Buddha Temple is surrounded by beautiful dense forests, gardens, Stupas, Buddha statues, Tibetan shops, and Tibetan community peoples.

Buddha Temple's complex atmosphere provided you mental peace. That’s why Buddha Temple is visited by thousands of national and international tourists every year.

Facilities at Buddha Temple

  • The parking facility is available for two and four-wheelers without any charge.
  • Drinking water is available at many places with a water cooler.
  • There is a very good canteen with Chinees and Tibbatee foods and snacks available here.
  • Ladies and gents washroom is available inside the campus.
  • There are sitting arrangements for getting relaxed and sit here.
  • There is a shoe rack service at a nominal charge where you have to keep your slippers and shoes.

The Timing of Buddha Temple visiting

During Summer
  • Morning 08:00 am to Evening at 07:00 pm
  • Lunch Break: 12:00 noon to 02:00 pm.
During Winters
  • Morning 08:00 am to Evening at 07:00 pm
  • Lunch Break: 12:00 noon to 02:30 pm.
Note: During the lunch break, the Shrine rooms will be closed.

You can easily view this place in 2-3 hours easily.

Best Time to Go Mindrolling Monastery

As per Dehradun weather, you should go there from February to April and in September and October. During this period weather is so pleasant and calm and a peaceful environment provides you relaxation here.

You can go to the Buddha temple at any time but evening time would be best as per my opinion. During weekends there is a crowd of tourists and visitors so you can plan accordingly. 

Entry Ticket for Buddha Temple

There is no entry ticket to visit the Buddha Temple. You can enjoy here a full day without any charge. Only you have to pay a nominal charge for your footwear that you have to keep in the shoe stand.

How to Reach the Buddha Temple

One of the most famous tourist places to visit in Dehradun is Buddha Temple which is situated in Clement Town. Clement Town is situated on Delhi-Saharanpur which is only 4 km away from the Dehradun ISBT Bus stand.

From ISBT Bus Stand: It is only 4 km away from ISBT Dehradun where you can get a 5 No. Vikram who is going to Clement Town or you can book a taxi, cab, or auto.

From the Railway station: It is 9 km far away from the Dehradun railway station so you have to book an auto taxi or cab for the Buddha temple. There is no direct Bus service from the railway station to the Buddha temple.

From Airport: It is about 31 km far away from the Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. So you book an auto taxi or cab for Buddha temple.

Buddha Temple, Clement Town is only 7 km from the famous clock tower of Dehradun city. Dehradun is well connected by nearby cities by roadways, railways, and airways so you can easily reach Dehradun from other cities.

TouristBug's Recommendations

  • Inside the temple shoes and sleepers not allowed so you have to remove them before entering the temple.
  • Temple is only open for tourists or visitors on Sundays.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the temple. But you can take photos outside the campus of beautiful scenes.
  • If you come to Dehradun then you should visit this tourist place that is near to ISBT Dehradun and you can easily visit it.

Buddha Temple Dehradun video

Nearby Tourist Places to Visit in Dehradun

Dehradun has many tourist places to visit for tourists or travelers. Mussoorie and Chakrata are the hill station near Dehradun also attracts tourists from all over India and abroad. Tourist Places to Visit in Dehradun are Forest Research Institute, Sahastradhara Waterfall, Robber’s Cave or Gucchu Pani, Tapkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Char Siddhs of Dehradun and many more.

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