At a distance of 1 km from Sarnath Railway Station, and 9 km from Varanasi Junction, Tibetan Temple is a Buddhist monastery and temple located in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the popular Buddhist temples in Sarnath and among the prominent places to visit in Sarnath as part of the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in India.
Built-in 1955, Tibetan Temple is one of the highly revered places of pilgrimage in Sarnath. The Tibetan temple is presently under the administration of Lhadhan Chotrul Monlam Chenmo Trust. Built-in a traditional Tibetan architectural design, the temple includes some striking features. The entrance of the temple is guarded and beautifully adorned with intricate carvings of two lions. Inside the large open compound, one can see a light pink stupa built by the Tibetans to show their gratitude to the Indian Government for giving asylum to the fleeing Dalai Lama. It also denotes to pay tribute to all those who died in the freedom struggle of Tibet and those who continue to suffer oppression in Tibet.
Constructed in a traditional Tibetan architectural design, the temple houses a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha or Buddha in resting position. This Buddhist shrine has been decorated with Thangkas, which are Tibetan Buddhist paintings. The temple is also adorned with Tibetan Buddhist paintings on the walls and ceilings that are one of the key features. Like most Buddhist temples, here also one can find a series of prayer wheels that release paper scrolls with chants written on them when one rotates them in the clockwise direction. On a whole, Tibetan Temple is one of the must-visit places in Sarnath for people of all ages and communities as the place offers a true essence of spirituality, which is a must in today's chaotic world.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM