Gorkhaland Territorial Administration

The GTA Sabha today offered land to a visiting Thai delegation to set up a Buddhist monastery

The GTA Sabha today offered land to a visiting Thai delegation to set up a Buddhist monastery here and decided to take steps to strengthen cultural ties between Darjeeling and Thailand.The 31-member Thai delegation which comprised a former minister, serving generals and entrepreneurs, was in the hills to attend a ceremony in which the statues of Buddha and two disciples were installed today at Dichen Tashi Choling Gumba at Singtam, 8km from here.A chief executive Bimal Gurung was present at the consecration that was also attended by Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the Indian ambassador to Thailand.

After the ceremony, the Thai delegates made a courtesy call on Gurung at the Gorkha Rangamanch Bhavan in Darjeeling. After the meeting, Gurung said: “The GTA has decided to give land to them to set up a monastery in Darjeeling. They will build the monastery in their own architectural style.”