Fascinating List of the Best Monastery Places to Visit and See in Leh

Leh was the early capital Ladakh, which is the Leh district in the Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir at present. It is spread over an area of 45,110 km square and is the second largest district of India. Leh used to be an important stoppage of trade routes running along the Indus Valley. Leh experiences a cold desert climate with an unpalatable winter between every October to March. There are many tourist attractions in Leh district of Jammu & Kashmir, which attracts the tourists round the globe, throughout the year.

Most Visited Buddhist Tourist Sites in Leh : 

Hemis Monastery

Hemis Monastery is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Drukpa Lineage, which is located at about 45 km away from Leh. The monastery was founded by the Sengge Namgyal in the year 1672. One of the famous Ladakhi festivals “The annual Hemis festival” is also celebrated at Hemis Monastery in early June every year.

Thiksey Monastery :

Location : Leh Manali Hwy, Thiksey, Jammu and Kashmir 194201, India

Thiksey Monastery is also known as Thikse Gompa. It is a Buddhist Monastery of the Yellow Hat. Thikse is situated on the top of a mountain or you can say at about 19 km away from Leh. It is one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh. Thikse Monastery consists of many rare Buddhist items like stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords.

Thiksey Monastery  Leh

 Shey Palace

Location : Leh Manali Hwy, Shey, Jammu and Kashmir 194201, India

Shey Palace is situated on a hillock in Shey, which is about 15 km away from Leh. It used to be the former summer capital of Ladakh.Shey Palace was constructed in the year 1655 by Deldan Namgyal. This monastery is famous for its huge copper gilded gold statue of a Shakyamuni Buddha in seating form.

sheypalace leh India

Stok Palace

Stok Palace is another famous Buddhist monastery of Leh, situated nearly about 15 km away from main Leh region. This monastery was discovered in the 14th Century by Lama Lhawang Lotus. It houses a library, which includes 108 volumes of the Kangjur. A dance-mask festival is celebrated here every year with a great zeal & enthusiasm.

Phyang Monastery

Location : Phyang, Jammu and Kashmir 194101, India

Phyang is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, which was founded in the year 1515 by Chosje Dharma Kunga Takpa. It is another most visited monastery of Leh-Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir. The major festivals celebrated here are Gang-Sngon Tsedup Festival & Sacred dance festival.

Phyang, Jammu and Kashmir 194101, India

Spituk Monastery

Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194104, India

Spituk Monastery is also known as Spituk Gompa & Pethup Gompa.It is believed that this monastery was blessed by Arhat Nyimagung. It is situated at the distance of 8 km from Leh. This monastery was founded by Od-de, who was the big brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od in the 11th Century. It is the house of 100 monks and also holds a giant statue of Kali. Gustor Festival is celebrated here every year in the month of November according to the Tibetan calendar.

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