Welcoming with an array of colorful flags, Doling Gompa is situated on a small hillock; serene and green Barfung village, is just 4 km away from Ravangla. The monastery follows one of the oldest sects; the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. Being perched on an elevated platform, Doling Gompa is offered with the vista of mighty mountains and thick forest contrasting the patchy blue sky protruding striking rays of the sun. On the way to the monastery, witness the colorfully attired tireless people working on the the plush green fields of cardamon. Doling monastery is one of the most popular tourist spots of Sikkim, famous for the stone bearing the footprint of Dorje lingpa, permanently installed on the inner wall of the Mani Lhakhang along with the images of the Manjushri, Vajrapani and Dorje Lingpa carved on stone slabs by Dorje Lingpa himself.
What To Do And See
While visiting the Doling Gompa, there are few other famous and unique monasteries in Namchi that can be explored along, such Ralang Monastery, Ngadak Monastery and Serdup Choling Monastery. The Solophok Chardham is another tourist hotspot that has gained huge popularity recently, one can come here to witness the beautiful imitation of chardham of Hindu religion and the statue of Lord Shiva in the sitting posture which is truly awe inspiring just like the statue of Buddhist Padmasambhava mightily positioned at Samdruptse Hill. The options for the adventure enthusiasts visiting Namchi are immense, there are popular treks of Tendong Hill and Maenam Hill that are very close to each other, along with the worthful visit to the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary and Tendong State biodiversity Park. Doling Gompa, being very close to Ravangla, makes it quite easy for the visitors to see its famous tourist attractions such as Rolang and Borong Hot Springs, Kewzing Village, Khandosangphu and Sharchog Bephug, Temi Tea Estate and various monasteries like Tashiding Monastery, Ralang Monastery and Bon Monastery.
The Doling Gompa or Monastery is situated in the Barfung Village, 4 km away from Ravangla Town. Regular SSRTC buses / shared taxis are available from major cities of Sikkim to reach Ravangla from where one can hire a cab or get onto a bus to reach here.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit this place is during the month from February to May and September to mid December, when the weather is pleasing and the views are soul fulfilling.