The Yiga-Choeling monastery belongs to the yellow Sect of Buddhists who worship a 15 feet statue of the 'coming Buddha', Maitreya, built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyantso. No visit to Darjeeling is complete without a visit to Ghoom, which is six kilometers away from the main town. The hillock is dominated by the famous Yiga Choeling Monastery and a 4.5-metre tall image of the Maitreya Buddha. Ghoom is at an altitude of about 2,407 meters, and offers a spectacular view of the Valley.
Darjeeling is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the headquarters of Darjeeling district, in the Shiwalik Hills on the lower range of the Himalaya.. The name 'Darjeeling' is a combination of the Tibetan words Dorje ('thunderbolt') and ling ('place'), translating as "The land of the thunderbolt". During the British Raj in India, Darjeeling's temperate climate led to its development as a hill station for British residents to escape the heat of the plains during the summers. Darjeeling is internationally popular for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.