5 km away from the Kalimpong Bus Station lies the Zang Dhok Palri Monastery or as popularly known, the Durpin Dara monastery. It is a Buddhist monastery situated on Durpin Dara Hill in the delightful hill town of Kalimpong, West Bengal. It is probably the biggest religious community in Kalimpong and among the notable Buddhist monasteries in West Bengal.
The Zang Dhok Palri Monastery was built in 1970 by Dudjum Rinpoche and was blessed by His Holiness Dalai Lama six years after being built. Durpin Monastery holds significant religious importance to the holy Kangyur kept inside the monastery. Comprising of 108 volumes, all these were conveyed by the Dalai Lama during his visit. A portion of the rare documents related to Buddhism is found inside the Zang Dhok Palri Monastery.
Today, Zong Dog Palri is viewed as a significant religious center among the adherents of Buddhism. Built-in the typical Buddhist architectural style, this monastery has sculptured walls, pillars, and ancient paintings. In addition, this gompa houses a main prayer hall with large paintings and has a three-dimensional appearance inside.
Perched at a rise of around 1372 m, one can see the amazing view of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga and the pristine Teesta River streaming down beneath.
Photographs by: Avijit Ghosh