Thongsha Gompa, Kalimpong: The oldest Bhutanese Buddhist Monastery in this hilly Indian region that borders with Bhutan is the Thongsha Gompa which stands 3 kilometres northeast of the Kalimpong town square and less than a kilometre from the Mangal Dham Temple in Kalimpong and is easily accessible from the top of the R. C. Mintri Road.
Built in 1692 during the Bhutanese reign Kalimpong, the Gompa is known to have been built under the direct supervision of the Bhutan King. This Gompa is located at the same site at which the original Gompa once stood before it got destroyed by the ravage of the Gorkhas in Sikkim.
This Gompa exhibits a slightly different Gompa-architecture. Though close to a square in shape, the Gompa appears like two-tiered building blocks with diamond-shaped frescos in blue, white, yellow and brown. The interior walls of the Gompa are clad in colourful and interesting murals and frescos.
More than 100 prayer wheels run along the outer walls of the Gompa. The Gompa also houses 219 prayer drums. Tourists are allowed to explore the Gompa in between the prayer services and are also allowed to join the prayers in the Gompa. You need not be a Buddhist to participate in Prayers here and you may not even comprehend the language but you must be a part of it as this gives you a rare opportunity to be a part of an ancient culture and religion and traveled across countries and geographies to India.