Samstanling Monastery

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About Samstanling Monastery of Nubra Valley, Ladakh

The Samstanling Monastery is located in Sumur Village in Nubra Valley, en route to Panamik. Samstanling Monastery is a famous tourist attraction in Nubra Valley, and is quite significant for the locals too, as it is the main monastery of the region.

Top Things to see in Samstanling Monastery

Samstanling Monastery was founded by Lama Tsultim Nima almost 140 years ago, and is home to around 50 monks. There are two assemblies inside the monastery, and both of them are adorned with murals, Buddha paintings, 4 heavenly kings & other guardians.

The remoteness of the location adds to the monastery’s aura & mystique. It can also be seen from a distance, with its gold, red & white hues.

The monastery lies beyond a path which is dotted with bushes that are full of berries, while the red flight of steps leading to the monastery’s entrance are lined with prayer flags.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are there any entry fees for entering the monastery?

No, there are no entry fees for entering the Samstanling Monastery.

Q. What is the best way to reach Samstanling Monastery?

The best way to reach Samstanling Monastery in Nubra Valley is to take the Manali-Leh highway via Manali or Srinagar. The road from Leh to Diskit in Nubra Valley passes through South Pullu, which is an army camp. From there, it continues to Khardung La & descends to North Pullu, followed by Khardung Village & Khalsar Village.

At Khalsar Village in the valley floor, the road gets divided into two, where the left part descends to Diskit & Hunder villages, while the right one goes to Sumur & Panamik villages of Nubra Valley.

After reaching the village, continue with the taxi as far as you can and then hike all the way to the monastery.

Q. What is the best time to visit the monastery?

May to September is the best time to visit Samstanling Monastery, as the weather is pleasant during this time.

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