Monasteries

Monasteries in Ladakh

Ladakh apart from its unrivaled beauty is famous for the Buddhist monasteries that dominate the culture of the valley to a great aspect. The cold desert, snuggled high up between the two mighty mountain ranges, draws visitors in huge numbers. Sheltered from the outside world, Ladakh is a place where one can connect to their spiritual self. The entire region of Ladakh is dotted with monasteries of all kinds. The monasteries belong to various orders or schools of Buddhism. Most of the monasteries are sited at picturesque locales, enhancing their brilliance further.

Ladakh has deep roots in Tibetan culture. This region of India was ruled by several dynasties who brought their culture, religion, and traditions to the valley. Being connected to Tibet a lot of things were adopted from the mystical province and religion is one of them. Buddhism is the majorly followed religion here. Beautiful architecture and history make these monasteries all the more unique. These monasteries in Ladakh are truly a living heritage of the Buddha and definitely worth visiting.

Most of these ancient  Buddhist monasteries are world-renowned and crowd puller. They allure both local and international followers of Buddhism in large numbers, every year. Visiting these divine spiritual centers helps you can experience the quiet strength of devotion.

Most of the monasteries in Ladakh are situated on the hilltop. The architecture and layout is a perfect mixture of Buddhist and Tibetan styles. A rich collection of Buddhist relics like thankas, murals, sculptures, scriptures, etc are treasured here. Typically, the monasteries in Ladakh have been located in isolated areas, away from the hustle-bustle of the city life. This lends a tune of peace and tranquility to them.

There are almost 20 monasteries in Ladakh and the most famous out of them are Hemis Monastery, Diskit Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Phugtal Monastery, Likir Monastery, etc. Matho Gompa, Sankar Gompa, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Shey Gompa, and Alchi monastery are also worth visiting.

Hemis Monastery in Ladakh is one of the largest monasteries in India and must be included in your monastery tour in Ladakh. It is famous for celebrating the annual mask festival observed in the memory of Guru Padmasambhava.

The 12-story hilltop monastery Thiksey Gompa is among the must-visit places in Ladakh from October to November. It is one of the most elegant Buddist monasteries in India designed after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The monastery is home to 500 monks in Ladakh houses a valuable collection of things related to Lord Buddha. You can explore ancients books, scripts, Thangka paintings, stupas, statues, and swords which are looked after by the Yellow Hat thinkers in the Thiksey Gompa.

Its breathtaking location makes Diskit Monastery one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ladakh to visit from July to September. The 14th-century monastery is located in the beautiful surroundings of Nubra valley. This famous monastery in Ladakh is maintained by the Yellow hat thinkers. Some majestic statues of Lord Buddha and a huge drum housed in this beautiful monastery enhance the attractions for the tourists.

Another famous monastery in Ladakh is the Phugtal Monastery located inside a hollow cave in the southeastern part of Zanskar Valley. This monastery fascinates travelers with its mystic beauty of the water flowing inside the cave maintains in the same flow throughout the year. The divine serenity of the place must be enjoyed during your holiday in Ladakh.

Visiting the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is not just a religious journey but it offers an exciting adventure in Ladakh. You can enjoy the divine beauty and learn Buddhist principles and teachings during your trip to Namgyal Tsemo Gompa in Ladakh.

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