Famed for its beautiful landscape and extreme climatic variations, Ladakh has a unique charm that entices the tourists from distant parts of the globe. Not only shimmering rivers, snowy glaciers and stunning lakes give tourists a delightful experience, there are oodles of tempting monasteries which showcases Buddhist cultures and stimulating religiousness, making your Ladakh monastery tour remarkable and laudable. The Buddhist religion has a vital impact on tradition and cultures of Ladakh. Almost everyone in this beautiful place on earth is connected with a Buddhist group. And as a result there are scores of monasteries all around. Some of the most visited and popular among them are:
A famous monastery in Ladakh, Hemis Monastery was constructed by Stagchen Raschegn during the 17th century. It is just 1½ hours drive from the town of Leh and has an annual festival which is extremely appealing for travelers. One can relish masked dance that shows victory of good over evil and many other themes. The monastery contains many Stupas, articles, lovely Thangkas and copper gilt Lord Buddha’s statue. Here, one can witness a 12m long Thanka which is said to be the largest in Ladakh.
Another well known monastery famous for its brainy murals is Diskit Monastery, situated in the Nubra Valley in Ladakh. It was founded in the 14th century by Changzem Tsera Zangpo. Enveloped by lofty hills, the monastery allures the tourists from all over the world with its amazing architecture designs, peaceful environment and the lovely Buddha statues. One must visit Diskit Monastery to experience overwhelming beauty and Morning Prayer ceremony.
Positioned amidst lovely surroundings, Thiksey Monastery is one of the well-known monasteries in Ladakh. Housing more than 500 monks, it was erected in the respect of the Dalai Lama. It is nestled at a distance of 9 miles from Leh and has many items of buddhist art like wall paintings, statues, thankas and swords.
Founded by Lama Dhwang during the 14th century, Likir is believed to be the first monastery erected by Tibetan monks. Inside the monastery, one can visit a museum that shows an array of Tibetan artifacts.
In addition to these above mentioned names, Matho Gompa, Sankar Gompa, Shey Gompa and Alchi monastery are some of the must visit monasteries in Ladakh. Take a Ladakh tour package and wallow in the best of Ladakh tourism with full enthusiasm and no rush.