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Photo taken at Ghum Monastery or Ghoom Monastery. It is the popular name of Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghum at an elevation of 8,000 feet, 8 km from Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal, India.

The monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a 15-feet high statue of "Maitreya Buddha" (Coming Buddha) in the monastery. It contains images of Buddha’s disciples, Chenrezi and Chongapa.

It was built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso and is the largest of the three monasteries in Ghum.

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