Jeerang Monastery, Chandragiri

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About the Monastery

Jeerang Monastery is Located 35 Km from Taptapani, the beautiful Monastery is one of the chief attractions for a visit to Taptapani. The Monastery acts as a resident cum college for budding Buddhist Monks who come from all over India, as well as dwelling places of the monks.Don’t miss the peace pagodas just as you enter the Camp no.4 at Chandragiri.

Brief History of Tibetian Settlement in Odisha
Odisha’s Little Tibet- is not as well known as the more publicised Tibetan settlement in Mcleodganj in Dharamsala, Majnu ka Tila in Delhi, however the settlement is no less important for the Tibetian settler’s . Chandragiri was designated as camp no.4 for settlement of Tibetan refugees who came with his holiness the Dalai Lama in 1960 to India following China’s invasion of Tibet in 1959.
The first batch of Tibetan’s arrived in Chandragiri on 1st May 1963. Since arriving they have not only made Chandragiri and the adjoining camps at Labarasingh, Mahendragadh,Tankilipadar (all located at a radius of 4-5 KM around Chandragiri) their home, but through their enterprise and demeanour added colour to the picturesque mountains of the eastern ghats in this part of Odisha. The Tibetan’s have named this place “Phuntsokling”– which means land of plenty and happiness.

Where to stay
Tourist generally stay at OTDC Taptapani, however there are couple of options one a guest house of the Jeerang Monastery and the other a Tibetan Guest House at Chandragiri.

Rigon Guest House- Located within the Jeerango Monastery complex. The guest house run by the Monastery has nine rooms. However online booking facility isn’t available
Ph – +91-9556827226, +91-9178996782
Email – rigonodisha@gmail.com

MTCS guest house- located at the entrance of Chandragiri town. This beautifully located guest house has nine rooms and is run by the MTCS association of the Tibetan’s.
However, booking etc can only be done through Government departments or Tibetan Associations.
The guest house is just for boarding purpose only, they dont serve tea,snacks or food.
There are 3 types of rooms – Deluxe – Rs. 1800/day ,Semi Deluxe – Rs 1200/day , Non AC – Rs. 800/day- All the rooms are clean and very neat.
The Caretaker of the guest house changes frequently, hence difficult for us to give the contact coordinates.

Important Information
Maintain discipline while visiting the Monasteries of Jeerang, Labarasingi and Mahendragad
The Tibetan’s and the monks are courteous people and keep to their own, don’t try to insinuate them.
Photography inside the prayer hall of the Monastery isn’t allowed.
Entry into the resident complex of the monks within the monastery is not allowed
One can shop for woolen items and carpets at Labarsingi and Chandragiri.
There aren’t many options to eat, so make sure you carry your own provisions.
If you are a dog lover and lucky, you might get your hands on cuddly Tibetan dog pup at a very reasonable price.
Make sure you carry enough cash with you when you visit these places as card facilities seldom work
Chandragiri has ATM’s and branches of ICICI, SBI and Canara Bank and petrol pump’s.
Be sensitive to the environment and don’t litter.

 

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In And Around Chandragiri

Set amidst the beautiful hills of Eastern Ghats, Odisha’s little Tibet is home to some beautiful monasteries and natural beauty.



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