The Gyuto Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries in Tibet and specializes in the study of Tantric meditation, Tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. The main disciple of the first Dalai Lama, Jetsun Kunga Dhondup, founded Gyuto Monastery in 1474 in eastern Tibet.
The Gyuto monks practice the major Tantric texts such as Guhyasamaja, Chakrasamvara and Yamantaka and have passed these lineages on to the younger generation of monks for over 500 years without disruption. As a result of the communist Chinese invasion in 1959 the Monastery was re-established in India.
Along with the presence of many age-old Hindu temples and churches, a remarkable co-existence of the Buddhist monasteries is observed. One such place of utmost importance is the Gyuto Monastery in Dharamshala. Known all over the world for the heart-touching history associated with it, this monastery has always depicted how tantrism, a practice of the ancient black magic, can be used for the well-being of the people. Thus, as a pilgrimage site for the followers of Buddhism and as a site igniting many curiosities, the Gyuto Monastery is visited by people from all over the world.
The Gyuto Monastery is open all the year round. However, it is recommended that you try to visit the Gyuto Mostery during the festival of Buddha Purnima because during that festival, the monastery is at its peak level of gorgeous decoration. Moreover, the delicious Tibetan food and the colourful cultural show too is an attraction at that time.