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The Centre for Buddhist Culture Gompa in Itanagar

Itanagar Gompa
Itanagar Gompa
Main entrance to the Gompa premise
Main entrance to the Gompa premise
Parking space at Itanagar Gompa
Parking space at Itanagar Gompa
The foundation stone for the Gompa also known as the Centre of Buddhist Studies was laid by the 14th Dalai Lama in 1983
The foundation stone for the Gompa also known as the Centre of Buddhist Studies was laid by the 14th Dalai Lama in 1983
Interior of the Gompa
Interior of the Gompa
A stupa near the Gompa
A stupa near the Gompa
Prayer flags fluttering at the Gompa
Prayer flags fluttering at the Gompa
A statue of buddha sitting under a banyan tree at the Gompa
A statue of buddha sitting under a banyan tree at the Gompa
View of some houses and the surrounding hills from the Gompa
View of some houses and the surrounding hills from the Gompa

Centre for Buddhist Culture Gompa is located on top of a hill just above the Nehru Museum. Adorned with a beautiful gate at the base of the hill, a road spiraled up the hill to the gompa. The Gompa is actually near the main road but it seemed separated from the rest of the town by this small hill that stood out in the hill station. It is by far the most peaceful and serene place I visited in Itanagar. It is also a nice spot to view Itanagar from a higher point. 

The Gompa sits on top of the hill literally. A small but colorful gate marks the entrance of the Gompa. A white stupa with golden carvings stood just outside the main Gompa and against the backdrop of green rolling hills, it looked very beautiful. The main Gompa is a typical Gompa, but one of the smaller ones I had seen. There was no one inside when I went there, though later a monk came out of the monastery and I asked if it was ok to photograph the interior. To my surprise he was quite casual with being photographed. The location of the Gompa and the way it sat pretty on top was most remarkable. You could go around the back of the gompa and view the whole town. The peak offers a 360 degree view. 

Itanagar doesn’t have too many hangout places and in my observation it is one of the most visited destinations. Behind the Gompa and hidden behind thousands of prayer flags a life size Buddha sits calmly beneath a banyan tree. As I watched through the fluttering prayer flags, the Buddha seemed to be mediating. A young girl and her mother sat across as if they were waiting for him to open his eyes.

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