Visit the Mesmerizing Monasteries in Ladakh

Ladakh is a wondrous tourist destination of Jammu and Kashmir which attracts tourists from across the globe. This staggeringly beautiful destination is also known worldwide for its adventure sports facilities. This destination is also known as 'Little Tibet' as its geographical features resemble Tibet. The culture in Ladakh is also influenced by the culture of Tibet. Buddhism is the main religion followed here. Ladakh monasteries are among the major attractions of Ladakh.

Some of the famous monasteries of Ladakh are:

Hemis Monastery

It is a well known monastery of Ladakh and also the largest one. It was built in the 17th century by Stagsang Raschegn who was invited to Ladakh by king Singee Namgyal. It boasts of beautiful Thankas, several stupas made of silver and gold, copper gilt statue of Lord Buddha and several other auspicious articles. The largest Thanka in Ladakh which is 12 m long is found in this monastery.

Spituk Monastery

Roosted on a hill this monastery was established in the 15th century by Od-De, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub-od. It serves as a venue for the Spituk festival which is celebrated annually from 17th to 19th days of the 11th month. It offers mesmerizing views of Zanskar and Indus valley. Gu-stor festival is the main festival here.

Phyang Monastery

Ideally located on the blue hills, Phyang belongs to Dingung order. It was built in the 15th century during the reign of King Jamjang Namgyal. The festival of Gang-Sgnon Tsedub is celebrated here with great fervor.

Lekir Monastery

Established by Lama Dhwang Chosje in the 14th century, Lekir is the first Buddhist monastery built by Tibetan monks. One of the unique features of the monastery is the Maitreyi Buddha. The wall paintings inside the monastery depict 35 compassionate Buddhas and 16 arhats. The museum inside it displays a variety of Tibetan artifacts.

Cave Monastery

Located in Wakha river valley sandwiched between Mulbekh and Kargil, Cave monastery belongs to the Gelukpa order. The picturesque surroundings of the Cave are truly enchanting.

Thiksey Monastery

Set amidst picturesque surroundings, this monastery boasts of a huge complex built in red and yellow. It was built in the year 1980 in honor of the Dalai Lama. Belonging to the Gelukpa sect, it houses around 500 monks.

Travel to Ladakh and enjoy its attractions like natural beauty, snow-capped mountains, beautiful monasteries and adventure sports. Surely you will remember the experience for long.

Ladakh tourism has amazing attractions to offer starting from mountain beauty to adventure sports and Buddhist monasteries. Monasteries in Ladakh speak volumes about the rich cultural heritage of this place.

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