Chillipam Gompa – Lucent Beacon
Located 15 kilometres from Rupa village in West Kameng District, the Sang-Ngag Choekar Dargyeling Monastery is built on a promontory which offers spectacular 270 degree views of the surrounding Eastern Himalayan valleys. More commonly known as Chillipam Gompa, the secluded sanctuary is adorned with some of the region’s most magnificent Buddhist art.
It was an afternoon in late April and staccatos of fat raindrops plunked on our windscreen as we wound our way up to the sacred citadel. But as is possible in every alpine setting, a sudden shift in the wind dispersed the dark canopy and a window of fresh blue sky opened over us.
Sensing the sunny spell would not last too long, we made our way up to the entrance and craned our necks to gaze at the eight auspicious signs of Tibetan Buddhism which graced the plafond.
Walking clockwise to our right, we then followed another stairway up to the viewing platform where the sun continued to play hide and seek with puffs of shredded cloud.
Beautiful. Remote. Wild. Such was the awe-inspiring view that unfolded before us.
Yet words cannot justly convey the bombastic grandeur of this place. One really must go and experience it!