Shedup Choepelling Temple

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Timings : 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Time Required : 1 - 2 hours

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

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Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Mussoorie Overview

Nestled amidst the hustle bustle and cultural hub of Happy Valley is the Shedup Choepelling Temple. The huge idol of Buddha on top of the edifice livens up the place and gives a unique charm to the tiny Buddhist temple. Located at a distance of around 2.5 kms from the Company Garden and very close to the IAS Academy on the highest cliff of the valley, Shedup Choepelling Temple is adorned with murals, prayer wheels and meditation chambers. Situated in between the snow-capped mountains, the divine aura and vibe of this place echo with solace, calm and peace.

Colloquially known as Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Shedup Choepelling Temple is an astounding example of Tibetan architecture. It is also the first Tibetan shrine to be built in India and was consecrated by Dalai Lama. It is believed that in 1959 Dalai Lama fled the Chinese authorities and sought refuge here in Mussoorie at Happy Valley. The place he stayed at, was later developed into a Buddhist Temple by the Tibetan community of Mussoorie.

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Architecture of Shedup Choepelling Temple

Besides the numerous idols and statues of Lord Buddha, seated in the main hall of the temple are two huge life-like idols of Buddha and Dalai Lama, as a mark of respect to both the godly figures. The vibrantly painted walls, tiny clay diyas and prayer flags add to the appeal of the place. Besides, Shedup Choepelling Temple has a rich collection of books on Buddhism and Tibetan literature, to give you an insightful experience. In addition to this, the promenade offers lovely mesmerising views of the graced valley, blooming flowers, snow-clad mountains and a picturesque panorama altogether.

How To Reach Shedup Choepelling Temple

Shedup Choepelling Temple is located just 2 kms from Library Chawk and can be easily reached through a public or a personal vehicle. You can rent a taxi-cab from your accommodation. Or you can take a public bus from the city bus-stand. Also, there are auto-rickshaws and local rickshaws that can drop you to the spot.

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