A part of the Drugpa sect of Buddhism, Stakna Monastery or Stakna Gompa was founded in the late 16th century by a Bhutanese scholar and saint, Chosje Jamyang Palkar – the renowned scholar and saint. The literal meaning of the term Stakna is tiger's nose, which is also the shape of the hill on which the monastery is located. In the monastery, there's a big assembly hall known as Dukhang, which is adorned with beautiful paintings of Sakyamuni, Tsephakmad, and Amchi. Out of the several idols of the monastery, the most significant one is that of Arya Avalokitesvara from Assam's Kamrup region. Towards the extreme right of courtyard, there's a seven feet tall silver gilded chorten which features a figure of Lord Buddha with some notes. Parallel to the hall, there's a painting of Bodhisattva, Tshong-san-Gompa, and Padma Sambhava. The best part of the monastery is the view of the Indus river that one gets to see from its top. The monastery is home to around 30 monks.
Stakna Monastery is 25 kilometers from Leh, so as to reach here one can take a taxi.
July to september will be the best time to plan a visit to the Stakna Monastery as the roads are clear.
Make a point to click lot many beautiful photographs from the monastery. Tourists can also visit the Tathok Mastery nearby Stakna where Guru Padmasambhava meditated.Library nearby the monastery with colurful paintings and gilded statue of the previous Rimpoche of Stakna is yet another striking feature of the monastery.