Karsha Monastery Zanskar

Karsha Monastery, also known as the Karsha Chamspaling, was built by Phagspa Shesrab. It was founded by the translator Phagspa Shesrab, under the Yellow Hat sect. It is the largest pilgrimage center in Zanskar and predominantly known for Avalokiteshvara temple, which dilates the era of Rinchen Zangpo through its wall paintings. Currently, the monastery is governed by the younger brother of the Dalai Lama. Inside the monastery, tourists can see the relics of Dorje Rinchen. The most spectacular feature of the monastery is the cloth painting made of gold and colorful threads depicting the day from the life of Buddha surrounded by his tutelary deities.

Getting There

Kursha monastery is part of the Padum Valley in the Zanskar region of the Jammu & Kashmir. To reach here, one can hire a taxi or travel by personal transport from Padum.

Things to Do and See in and around

Karsha Monastery is located in the Karsha village, which quite prominent for the River Rafting on the Zanskar river. The rafting over the Zanskar River is known for "Grand Canyon" of Asia. Starting from Remala and ending in Karsha village near Padum (30 kilometers (19 mi), the rafting here is considered as Class II category. If not rafting then tourists can visit some nearby monasteries like Khangsar Monastery, Purang Monastery and Phagspa Monastery.

Best Time to Visit

July to September will be the best time to plan a trip to the Kursha Monastery as the roads are clear. And for all those who wish to know the culture a little then do attend the famous Gustor festival. Celebrated for two long days, the festival commemorates good over evil. The highlight of this festival is mask dances performed by the local lamas

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