Mulbekh Monastery

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About Mulbekh Monastery Kargil, Ladakh

There are many things about Mulbekh Monastery that make it a popular tourist attraction in Kargil, one of which is its location. The other attraction is the 30 feet statue of the Maitreya Buddha which is carved on an enormous slab of stone.

Mulbekh Monastery consists of two gompas, Serdung Gompa of Drukpa sect & Rgaldan-se Gompa of Gelugpa sect. The monastery is believed to have been built around 800 years back by the students of the Tibetan scholar, Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo.

Mulbekh Monastery stands atop a crag located almost 656 feet above the road, and is reached by a steep footpath. The altitude of the monastery is believed to be almost 11,495 feet.

Attractions at the Mulbekh Monastery

Mulbekh Monastery, consisting of the two gompas, is believed to have been built around 800 years back. The 30 feet tall statue of Maitreya Buddha, carved on an enormous stone slab, overlooks the Leh-Kargil highway.

The statue reflects a mix of Buddhist and Shaivite influences. There are ancient inscriptions located in close proximity to the statue, along with an edict issued by King Lde, to the local people, to abandon the practice of sacrificing goats.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is there any entry fee for visiting the Mulbekh Monastery?

No, you don’t have to pay any entry fee for visiting the monastery.

Q. What is the best time to visit the Mulbekh Monastery?

June to September is the best time to visit the monastery, when the weather is very pleasant.

Q. How to reach Mulbekh Monastery?

Mulbekh Monastery is the first stop after Kargil when you drive towards Leh on the Srinagar-Leh highway.

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