Zongkhul Monastery Zanskar

Zanskar is full of surprises. In its list of attractions, the most stunning yet thought provoking has to be the Zongkhul Gompa located just before the trails that ascend to the Omasi-la pass. The monastery belongs to the belongs to the Drukpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Constructed like a nest clinging on the hill, the monastery is associated with the famous Indian Yogi, Naropa. According to the legends, Naropaus used to meditate here between two caves around which the monastery is built. The footprint near the ingress of the lower is believed to be of the yogi. Along with architecture, walls are the most stunning feature of the monastery. Thangkas and paintings within the monastery are unique too.

Getting There

Zongkhul Monastery is located on the south-western side valley of the Bardur River. It is built on a rock with two caves behind. To reach the monastery there are no roads so apart from trekking there's no other alternative.

Best Time to Visit

To plan a trekking expedition to the Zongkhul Monastery, the best time will be somewhere between July and September. The Zongkhul Huchot festival held on the 16th and 17th days of the fourth Tibetan month, is also a good time to plan a visit to the monastery.

Things to Do and See

Go for a long walk from the monasterytill the highest viewing point of the monastery to see the stunning view of the nearby surroundings.

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