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34 Monasteries In Ladakh Travel Expedition to Visit In 2020 | Spiritual Travel Guide

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Ladakh is a home full of monasteries, that is not just a religious spot, but has a whole new connection to the spiritual outer world, which is realized only once you visit it.

These sacred places depict purity, inner peace, and a connection to the god that is unforgettably the best thing to experience.

Ladakh gained the importance not just for the adventure seeker who wishes to gain a different perspective in life, by exploring the challenging routes.

This heaven on earth place in India is also famous for people who wish to devote their time to God, connect with nature, and discover oneself internally.

One can enjoy the snow-capped mountain, surreal beauty, cold desserts, glaciers, divine lake as well as the enchanting Leh monastery dated back to old charming times.

Below is the list of monasteries in Ladakh Region we were able to find. Please let us know if we have missed any in the comment section below.

List of Monasteries in Ladakh for your next Spiritual Travel in India

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1: Alchi Monastery

Situated 70km west of Leh, on the riverbank of Indus, the Alchi monastery is renowned to be the oldest Buddhist learning center.

With so many things to do and places to visit during your Ladakh tourism, this Ladakh monastery will blow your mind and captivate your experience.

At the Alchi monastery in Ladakh, tourists have a lot to visit, like Dukhang, Manjushree Temple & Tibetan built gompas of the 12th century. The unique part about this one is, it is not situated on the hilltop, but on the floor flat ground.

There is a Jampe Lhakhang temple of Manjushri, this temple holds paintings and sculptures of translator Rinchen Zangpo who built the gompas in the monastery.

Adorned with vivid colors and the Lord Buddha statues, you will be mesmerized and admiring the beauty of the monastery. Popular Bollywood movies Dil Se & Tashan were shot in this monastery.

2: Diskit Monastery | Oldest and Largest monastery in Ladakh

Diskit Monastery

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Amidst the natural & barren land of Nubra Valley stands an admirable snow-white beauty of Diskit Monastery in Ladakh, situated at a height of 3142 meters. It is the oldest and largest monastery in Ladakh, India.

Founded by Changzem Sherab Zangpo, in the 14th century, the Tibetan appearance of the place is what majorly pleases tourists. The iconic feature of this spot is the gorgeous statue of Cho Rinpoche also known as Crowned Buddha.

Visiting this monastery during February will give you a lifetime experience of the popular Dosmoche festivals hosted here. Tourists in large numbers, the admirer of Buddha and Buddhist culture visit and become a part of the festival.

One can marvel at the rich and unique collection of Lord buddha idols, an interior, and architecture designed keeping the religious values in mind. One can trek to the spot and view Ladakh from a different perspective, with a scenic view.

While you visit in the morning, the beautiful morning prayer ceremony will be heard, it is definitely going to enrich your time here. You will find peace, harmony, and understand the value of love and affection.

3: Hemis Monastery: Shimmering Monastery in Ladakh

Hemis Monastery

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One can say, it is the shiny, shimmering monastery of Ladakh Region. Being a Buddhist monastery, one is rewarded to behold the sight of Lord Buddha in copper, alongside the stupa dipped in Gold and silver.

Hemis monastery indeed shines like crystal, the moment you witness it from your eyes. It is located about 45km south of Leh and has become one of the largest monasteries in the region, belonging to the Dragon order.

This enchanting monastery in Ladakh houses the old glory of the Buddha idol, thangkas, and the belief of people has depicted in the fluttering flags all around.

The moment you reach the top of the Leh monastery, one gets to view the panoramic sight, with the splendid landscape and bluish sky. Being popular, the place has got major attractions from tourists all around the world.

The birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava is celebrated with a full swing, which is said to be the Hemis festival. This is the time when the Monastery becomes extremely filled with tourists to witness the festival and connect spiritually too.

Festival is conducted on the 9th and 10th day in the 5th month of the Tibetan calendar. You will witness monks performing a cultural dance, dressing colorfully, like a typical Ladakhi.

4: Lamayuru Monastery

Lamayuru Monastery

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Popularly named Tharpa Ling, which says “place of freedom”, located 127km from Leh is one of the oldest most beautiful monasteries in Ladakh. It was built at the same time the Alchi monastery was built.

The founder of this Leh monastery is Mahasiddha Acharya Naropa, who came here for meditation in the 11th century. The construction of this monastery is done by many popular legends.

At the peak, houses 400 monks and 30 to 40 still reside here at the Gompa. Also, 150 monks of the monastery reside in Lamayuru village. The Leh Ladakh monastery lures tourists who wish to connect themselves spiritually.

The Lamayuru monastery is famous for its rich painting, collection of Thangkas, scriptures, murals, and vivid statues of Buddhist & other deities. With the scenic ambiance, beautiful mountains in the background, you will be in love with the place.

The specialty of this place is a holy masked dance, conducted on the 17th and 18th day of the 5th month in the Tibetan calendar. The gompa here serves for meditation purposes as a center.

5: Bardan Monastery

The monastery of Bardan gompa is an ancient, divine monument located 12km south of Padum, Zanskar region. It dates back to the 17th century and thus you can expect how iconic the spot could be.

Durgpa-Kargyud, which is the sect of Buddhism, is what the monastery belongs to. You will see how highly indulged the traditional people are here, they connect this place with themselves spiritually.

Of the monastic order, the people of Ladakh claim it to be the first monastery of that time.

You will fall in love with the monastery from the look of it at first sight. Imagine, when you will enter the spiritual spot, how amazing it would be to feel near the lapse of the creator.

It has a magnificent assembly hall, some gigantic statues of Buddha, and a few small miniature stupas. All of which are made of clay, copper, wood, and bronze.

6: Hundur Monastery

Hundur Gompa is a beautiful Buddhist monastery, located in the Hundur village that can be visible on your way from the village located down the main road to the Nubra Valley.

It is an ancient hilltop temple, popular for its uniqueness and different style of look, although it is small, but is gorgeous and serene filled, along with the peace that it offers to one’s mind.

This place has encouraged Buddhism learning, and from years the preachings have been done. Thus making it a powerful connection to the outer world, spiritually.

Tourists stopping by in the Hundur village must visit the Leh monastery and experience how Buddhism evolved, and learning was practiced. Spend your time in peace, communicate with the monks, and gain a better insight.

7: Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery

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God and nature have always been a spot that connects one spiritually and adds a sense of fulfillment. One such location that will bring to you internal peace as well as soothe your eyes with the natural beauty is Thiksey Monastery.

Covering 18km from Leh, This Monastery in Ladakh is believed to fulfill prayers of people who pray with their pure heart. The 40 feet large statue of Buddha, covers about 2 floors, and the monastery is situated on the hilltop.

Thiksey monastery is now referred to as “Mini Potala” of India. This is because of its resemblance to Potala Palace in Tibet, Lhasa.

The whole vibe of the place will connect your mind and soul spiritually. The gompa has 10 temples in 12 storied monasteries, a meeting hall, and home to 120 monks. The architectural marvel of the place will leave you in awe!

The statue of Maitreya Buddha, popularly known as future Buddha will be seen covered with gold in the prayer hall, at a height of about 40 feet tall. It covers almost 2 floors of the monastery and is placed on a beautiful big lotus.

Hearing the morning praying at the Ladakh monastery is soul-satisfying. Like a peaceful song is played to soothe your mind and throw away the stress. One gets to see precious statues, stupas, and swords, which are reserved to date, from the year 1430 A.D.

8: Hanle Monastery

Hanle Monastery

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Located in Hanle Valley is a breathtaking, peacefully located Hanle monastery of the 17th century, Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

This sacred spot is a home of 10 monks, while around 30 other monks visit here solely for prayer purposes every day.

The brown barren land and the mountain surrounding the spot is extremely eye soothing. You will have a great time not just enjoying the spiritual connection with God, but enjoying the view that it offers.

The architecture style is of Tibetan, and it also reflects the influence of India and China in the design and styling.

The monastery, because of the location and the peace gained a pretty huge preference from the tourists.

9: Basgo Monastery

Basgo monastery is nestled in the lapse of the snow-clad mountain and is strongly said to be the spiritual center in Ladakh. The sky touching temples and the red base is a view that pleases one eye.

The wonder of this spot is the paintings of the mural, ancient styled architecture, Maitreya temples adding to it is the advantage of the serene surrounding the spot.

One needs to hike a little bit to reach the hilltop, where the Leh Ladakh monastery is located. And explore the fanatic history of the spot, the painting that shares a story and the spiritual connection that couldn’t be ignored.

Tibetan style designing, ancient library and meditation spot, there are a lot of activities to do and things to explore in this gorgeous monastery in Ladakh.

10: Chemrey Monastery

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Located in the east of Leh, is the old Gompa, that belongs to the Drugpa order of Tibetan Buddhism and was founded in 1664. Lama Tagsang Raschen who discovered this Chemrey monastery considered it a memorial of King Sengge Namgyal.

This place is a home for about 20 monks and their pupils, that resides in the shrine and devote their entire time connecting with the god spiritually at this holy destination.

It’s A 400-year-old unexplored Buddhist monastery, known for storing a collection of ancient scriptures that is embodied with the gold letter and the title in the silver.

One can explore 2 vivid prayer halls and a lama temple, plus you can also witness a grand festival called Chemrey Angchok held every 28th and 29th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar.

You will see a very well decorated and pretty sight of the monastery in Ladakh with colorful flags, and monks enthusiasm to make it a worthy festival.

11: Sani Monastery

One the road that leads toward Kargil, you can explore this peaceful monastery that depicts the significant shrine of the Drukpa Kagyupa, which is the school od Tibetan Buddhism.

One can say that the Sani monastery is built like a castle, it totally differs from the rest of the monastery in Ladakh. This monastery is said to be built in the early year of the 17th century.

There are many things to explore like the central praying hall, which is supposedly the main building of the Leh monastery. Further, it is decorated with vibrant and attractive statues of Buddhist deities and Kargud-pa’s Lamas.

There is a small chapel situated behind the stucco murals, which is deviated from the life of Guru Padmasambhava.

The famous Indian Buddhist Yogi, who was a spiritual teacher, mediated the site and actually gave the spiritual connection to the place.

12: Lingshed Monastery

The Lingshed monastery is again an old monastery in Ladakh, located in the Zanskar region, surrounded by serene mountains and is situated in Lingshed village.

The monastery is said to be the authority of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and home to about 60 monks. Founded in the 1440s the monastery in the local language is termed as Kumbum which means ‘A Hundred Thousand Images’.

One can witness the huge prayer hall, statues, murals, manuscript, and the traditional charm of the place, that will leave you awe-inspiring.

Also, there are about 6 shrines in the monastery, with a home sort of apartment that was used by Ngari Rinpoche. The monks that reside in the Ladakh monastery preach modern education along with Buddhism culture.

13: Korzok Monastery

Korzok Monastery

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When you travel to Leh, Korzok monastery is one such magnificent spot that you must not fail to visit. It is the Tibetan Buddhist monument that belongs to the Drukpa Lineage.

Korzok monastery will provide you plenty of time to view the beauty of Ladakh, sightseeing from it is the favorite activity of the tourists.

One gets an oddly satisfying view and the peace around here is commendable.

The monastery looks really good, exterior wise, and interior wise too with the architecture and design gave into it from the Tibetan culture. Adding to it, this is the 300-year-old monastery in Ladakh.

It is situated about a height of about 4560 meters and is home to 70 monks for now. There is a huge appealing Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the monastery to view.

14: Kursha Monastery

Situated merely 10km from Pardum, Kursha Monastery is the largest holy setup in the Zanskar region. With varied chapels, rooms, and gorgeous home structure for more than 15 Buddhists.

While it has maintained the charm to date, because of being the wealthiest and the biggest most inspiring monastery in the entire Zanskar region.

Founded by the translator Phagspa Shesrab, the key attraction of this holy spot is the cloth painting made of gold with that the color thread added that picture the life of Buddha surrounded by the Deities.

Currently, the Leh Ladakh monastery is under the supervision of the younger brother of the Dalai Lama.

One can witness the ancient murals on the wall, the history of this place dates back to the 15th century, one can imagine how iconic the place would have been in the past with only nature being the companion.

15: Sankar Monastery

If you love nature as well as wish to devote your time maximum on God, while visiting Ladakh, you must not fail to visit Sankar Monastery. It is considered as a must to visit place in Leh Ladakh tourism.

It is a subsidiary of the Spituk monastery, belonging to the Gelukpa sect of Buddhism.

It is a monastery in Ladakh constructed 90 years ago, but a temple that it shares within the space is 500 years old. One can imagine how significantly important the temple for the people would be.

There is a boundary of stone around the Ladakh monastery, an assembly hall which is huge, a gorgeous portrait of the head lama Kushok Bakul Rinpoche. The decoration of the hall is pretty with paintings of the guardians of the Four Directions.

The walls of the gompas share the story of the Buddhism culture with different paintings portraying tales of different Buddhas.

16: Dzongkhul Monastery

Dzongkhul monastery, spelled Dzonkul or Zonkul, is an old, enchanting rustic monastery of the Drukpa line of Tibetan Buddhism.

It offers a beautiful view of the banks of Stod river and has a structure that shapes it like a cave on the top.

This sacred spot is said to be the favorite spot of the Buddhist Yogins whose intention was purely to mediate throughout during the 10-11th century.

One best thing to witness is a small room that has a water source, considered to be holy, that drips slowly but regularly and women are strictly prohibited to enter the room.

The monastery is nestled in between two caves, on the top and it is one of the most good looking monasteries in Ladakh and popularly associated with Indian yoga guru Naropa.

17: Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery

One of the major and most popular Dharma centers in Ladakh is the Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery, located hardly 7km from Leh.

Lama Chime Dorje Rinpoche was the one who founded it in 1973, and it is run by the Tibetan Buddhist, the colorful monastery is very attractive not just from the exterior but the interior designing and architecture too.

Currently, there are 17 Karmapas who contribute their time and efforts only to keep the preaching and value of Buddhism alive in the locals. In fact, tourists who wish to learn are always welcomed.

The teaching of Karmapa has become popular over time and there are many people who have joined in the learning with full dedication here.

This is such a place that has encouraged and kept the culture as well as values of Tibetan Buddhism alive till date. There is an original mud-brick sort of housing for the Dukhang ( the assembly hall)

18: Likir Monastery

Likir Monastery

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In the 14th century, Likir Monastery was founded by Lama Duwang Chosje, located in the Likir village, about 53km left of Leh. It is the most popular spot for tourists being the first construction of Tibetan monks.

There is a gorgeous museum that displays an array of old collection relics and Tibetan artifacts. Although it is dated long back, the monastery is not the original one as it was in the 11th century.

Due to a massive fire, the Leh monastery got destroyed, later reconstructed in the 18th century, but it is magnificent, built by the king of Ladakh Lhachen Gyalp.

Likir monastery defines encircle, and it is named so, because of the belief of people that two serpent’s spirits, Nanda and Taksako are present to guide it.

One can also enjoy the annual festival that’s conducted on 27th to the 29th date of the 12th month in the Tibetan calendar. A large number of tourists witness this auspicious day, the dance performance, sacred rituals by monks. The energy is totally different!

19: Phyang Monastery

About 17km west of Leh, on the hilltop, is the most promising white glowing Phyang Monastery. It is one such monastery that is devoted to the Dri-Gung-pa sect of Buddhism.

The history of the monastery is quite inspiring. It is when Denma Kunga Drakpa went on the hilltop for meditation and then founded protector Achi riding her blue horse.

This was the sign that got him inspired and he built the monastery on the top. Phyang Monastery is a home to school that teaches not just the cultural value of Buddhism but also encourages modern education.

There is a festival Phyang Tseruk, conducted on the 2nd and 3rd of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar, and gathers tourists in a large number. Cham dance is the highlight of the festival.

The impressive attraction here is the 900-year old museum, and a vast collection of the idol, weapons, wall painting, Thangkas, mural, and firearms. The popular temple Mahakala (the Gomkhang was built during the time of foundation.

20: Rangdum Monastery

Situated in the lapse of Kargil and Padum, at a height of about 11,998 feet above sea level, is the most beautiful monastery overlooking the hill and guarding the serene, the glacier view enhances the beauty of this spot a little too much.

The Rangdum monastery was built 200 years ago by Gelek Yashi Takpa, while some claim that it was founded in the 8th century! Although the ride towards this Ladakh monastery is full of challenges, the view and the peace offered here is incomparable.

This monastery in Ladakh makes you explore the rich Tibetan antiques, assortments, and other artifacts. If you listen peacefully, you will hear the monks deeply meditating in the ambiance.

There is a prayer hall situated right in the center, where one can view the clear ancient and majestic beauty of this spot. The aura and meditation are what grabs visitors to this place.

Rangdum Gompa is an 18th-century discovery, it rises on the mountain-shaped in ascending order, that gives you the most amazing view of the mountain covered in snow.

21: Rizong Monastery

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There is a strong belief about this place wherein, Guru Padmasambhava with other lamas used to meditate in the cave before the monastery was built. With only one meal to survive a day, and no contact with the world outside.

There are many meditation tales about the place, and it was told that the site was used to teach Monks about Buddhism. Even today there are lamas who would sacrifice personal life and connect to the god spiritually at the Rizong monastery.

The monastery since then is known as the “paradise of mediation” There is a very unique charm that one could witness the moment you step into the place.

One can capture the picturesque Indus river, and it is a monastery in Ladakh of about home to 40 monks today.

The place teaches monks in a simple yet strict manner to worship God and follow the way of life only to please the creator.

22: Shey Monastery

Shey was originally the capital of Ladakh during 1655 and was built by Deldon Namgyal, who was the king of Ladakh. The Shey monastery is situated on the premises of Shey palace.

One will witness plenty of Stupas, Dresthang Gompa in the palace. And there is the largest Buddha statue constructed purely of copper, it covers almost 3 floors of the building.

You can enjoy the architecture and the mural paintings, sculptures, and marvelous scenery that will provide you with the Buddhism aura around. There is also an attractive library in the lower chapel with a collection of thangkas.

Every year, there are 2 famous festivals enjoyed by the locals and also tourists are gathered in a huge amount. Shey Srubla on the 30th day of the 1st month in Buddhist calendar and Shey Rul-lo on the 10th day of the 7th month of Buddhist calendar.

The large statue has a wax bowl in front, always lit up in flames. This is replaced every year and the objective behind it is to encourage integrity, love, and spirituality.

23: Spituk Monastery

Residing on the side of the hill, and found in the 11th century, this amazing Spituk Monastery is the most top visited Monastery in Ladakh. It is a shimmering monument, where the old gompas have been restored and few new ones are created over time.

It takes about only a 7km journey from Leh to reach this gorgeous monastery, and about 100 monks reside here. There is an annual two-day Spituk Festival which is conducted in the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar.

One gets to witness the spirit of joy in monk dance performance wearing a mask and representing the good over the evil by depicting the Buddhist stories in their dance.

There are so many things to explore, Dukhang Hall is the largest building, Miniature stupas, and sculpture. Climb a little higher over the hill to visit a beautiful yet small temple of Goddess Vajrabhairva.

From the top, one gets to witness the captivating view of Ladakh, which is simply an adorable sight to behold in your trip.

24: Stakna Monastery

Stakna Monastery

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Stakna, locally known as “tiger nose” is a small yet serene surrounded monastery which is ideally meant to satisfy your soul and keep you highly enlighted with the nature of Ladakh.

With an amazing collection of the idol, scriptures, and Buddhist paintings in the big assembly hall, you will be amazed and adorn the collection of religious values of India and Buddhism here.

There is a big statue of Lord Buddha, that is featured in a seven feet tall silver chorten. Like any other gompas in Ladakh, you will see the throne of the head lama of the monastery.

You will be mesmerized with the jaw-dropping view of the Indus river from the monastery rooftop, it is like a sight to behold, and soak oneself in the refreshing aura of the mountain hill and fresh breeze.

The Stakna monastery was founded in 1580 during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal. It has 3 sister monasteries and home to 30 monks as of now.

25: Zangla Monastery

Zangla is a small yet picturesque location in the Zanskar region known popularly for its trekking. There is an old gorgeous monastery located at the hilltop like a castle, believed to be founded in the 11th century named Zangla Monastery.

This holy place is a home for 150 lamas, and some mesmerizing wall painting, that reminisces of the old good times of Ladakh India.

The monastery is almost like a castle, and the view from the top is eye soothing. It is one of the major attraction spots, because of the view and the charm that it holds.

Also, a Hungarian scholar named Sandor Korosi Csoma was a famous personality who wrote the first English-Tibetan dictionary while he was staying in the Zangla monastery.

It is a Buddhism monastery, and one gets to witness various religious artifacts, paintings, and interact with lamas to know the insight of the spot.

26: Namgyal Tsemo Monastery

Namgyal Tsemo Monastery, one very popular monastery in Ladakh, especially for its 3 storey huge solid gold idol of Maitreya Buddha. It is a sight that takes the attention of the tourist and continues to do so for years to come.

Founded in the early 15th century, it sits on the lapse of the hill behind the Leh palace. Offering tourists with a spectacular panoramic view that will skip your heartbeat with the incredible Leh view.

This unique gompa, Namgyal Tsemo Monastery was discovered by King Tashi Namgyal in 1430 AD.

He was indeed a big follower of the Buddhism religion and the love for the culture provoked in him to build a monastery above the palace that he owned.

Monastery has been the favorite spot of tourists especially for photography and the lighting of the monastery during the night time is so eye soothingly.

27: Phugtal Monastery

Phugtal Monastery

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If you wish to visit a monastery in Ladakh that is peaceful, isolated, and less crowded. There is no better way than to visit Phugtal Monastery, in the Zanskar region.

One can admit this spot to be extremely calm, full of silence, and peaceful to find your inner self.

The name Phugtal refers to a cave in the local language of Ladakh, this holy place is home to about 70 monks and discovered in the 12th century, founded by Gangsem Sherap Sampo was an extremist Tibetan Buddhist guru.

The best part is the construction of the monastery made up of pure wood, mud. One can view the prayer hall, a library old chapel, and has a very attractive interior with an architectural style ceiling.

Trekking is utmost required to visit the monastery, as it is situated on the top of the hill, offering an aerialist view of the Ladakh region in the most versatile manner.

28: Stongdey Monastery

Stongdey Monastery is an enchanting and massive monastery in Ladakh claimed to be the second largest and the oldest monastery after the Diskit monastery in Ladakh.

It is a very captivating view that soars right on the top of the rocky mountain, offering a view so gorgeous that it will be awe-inspiringly beautiful. Only 20km from Padum, this 11th-century old monastery will take you back to the old good charm of Ladakh.

There are about 7 temples, each with its unique architecture, style and the most famous temple Tshogs-Khang is the most beautiful of all. The decoration is done perfectly with paintings made of black on the background and pure gold outlines of the deities

This Stongdey monastery is famous for displaying the wealth of the Buddhist relics and the home to 6o monks for now.

One can enjoy the beauty and the festival conducted in the monastery during the 28th – 29th day of every eleventh month of the Tibetan calendar.

29: Stok Monastery

Stok Monastery is the home to the royal family of Leh, Ladakh region. Founded during the 14th century by Lama Lhawang and located just 15 kilometers south of Leh, it is a house to 20 lamas living there.

While you enter the courtyard, you would witness a tall prayer flag pole, some old parts of the gompas are dated back to 550 years ago while a few main Dukhang is about 50 years old.

There is a library with 108 volumes of Buddhism teaching, which attracts historical book lovers. The veranda has a gorgeous mural painting of the guardian of the four directions.

In early June, one can enjoy their ritual mask dance performed in this monastery in Ladakh. Every year in Feb, tourists can enjoy the amazing two-day Stok Guru Tsechu Festival.

One interesting thing that grabs the attention of the festival is, the prayer isn’t held by the priest but a common person, who gets selected by lamas, and trained to perform on the occasion.

30: Sumda Chun

Sumda Chun monastery is one of the oldest yet charming monastery in Ladakh, founded by Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo, with construction so breathtaking, with the interior of a huge hall, and 3 beautifully soul-soothing temples.

The key attraction of this site is the Image of four headed Vairocana along with that one can witness the old yet remarkable murals of Ratnasambhava, and Amoghasiddhi as well as Akshobhya, Amitabha.

From Leh, it takes about 65 km to reach this monastery, and the road condition is pretty convenient.

You will love the spiritual aura that you discover on this spot as well as the entire time it will feel like you are connected to a holy spot wherein anything you wish will be granted.

It is a very good looking monastery and also a popular spot for tourists to witness the spiritual side of Ladakh.

31: Takthok Monastery

Takthok Monastery

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It is a divine monastery located in a village known as Sakt and it is the only remaining monastery that follows Nyingmapa tradition. The interior, as well as the exterior of this gorgeous monument, is a sight to behold.

It is built around a cave and on the mountain, thus named “Takthok” which refers to a rock roof. One can witness the assembly hall, temple, statues, and fall in love with the nature surrounding it.

One can enjoy and explore the architectural style rocky walls central courtyard, as well as an assembly hall, sturdy roof, beautiful frescos, as well as the royal throne of His Holiness Dalai Lama.

The key attraction of this spot Takthok monastery is the meditation cave and the statues of Dorje and Takposal. & future Buddha. Situated only 50km from Leh, you will have a great time pleasing your soul at this location.

32: Wanla Monastery

Located in Wanla village is a historic Buddhist monastery, highly sophisticated, gorgeous, and with a picturesque view of the village that will skip your heartbeats.

It is said to be built by Lama Rinchen Zangpo in around 1000AD, and the preachings of the culture of Buddhism were translated into Tibetans.

There are about 108 monasteries that fall in the same category as the Wanla monastery in Ladakh. The tourists here not just witness the breathtaking beauty of the serene surroundings.

There are so many things to explore like the Three-storied image of 11-headed Mahakaruna, it is a view that will leave you speechless.

With that, there are also the iconic traditional paintings of the Buddha, Mandalas, and Bodhisattvas. It will offer one a devotional belief of Ladakh and the importance of Buddhism too.

33: Matho Monastery

If you wish to visit a less crowded and more scenic, top view monastery, then Matho Monastery is the best halt point for tourists. Positioned almost 30km from Leh, this majestic monument is placed right back of the Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh.

This one was founded by Lama Dugpa Dorje in the year 1410 and is the only sacred spot that follows the Sakya sect of Buddhism.

Being home to more than 60 lamas, you will also explore the museum lining in the spot.

With that, the place is full of scenic views that are surely going to give your eyes a treat. The highlight of this spot is meeting the team of anthropologists who have till date restored the magnificent vintage Thangkas.

During the month of March, one can witness a very traditional festival celebrated with full enthusiasm and craze. Soak yourself into the traditional celebration by Lamas. They predict the future of the tourist as well as perform various interesting stunts.

34: Samstanling Monastery

One most gorgeous and marvelous monastery of Ladakh is the Samstanling Monastery, founded by Lama Tsultim Nima in the year 1841.

In the village of Sumlur, Nubra Valley, one can explore a destination that can leave your mind blown.

It is a space of comfort for more than 50 monks and at a distance of Leh of about 124km, one definitely needs to witness this gorgeous looking monument.

The decoration of colorful flags in the entrance is such a lovable sight like a promise and trust of tourists towards this place.

Inside is a fantastic collection of old paintings that represent the culture of Buddhism. The lectures and preachings of the buddha are also represented well like the Dharmachakra and the Four Heavenly Kings.

The Ultimate Trip to Ladakh Monasteries

If you are looking to indulge in mediation, inner peace, and solemnity, these top monasteries will help and act as the best monasteries to visit in Ladakh.

With so many Buddhist monasteries, you will have the ultimate time to take salvation and meaning to life.

If you have visited Ladakh which was your favorite monastery in Ladakh?

Which one did you find giving value, inner peace, and the meaning to life that you wanted?

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