Stakna Monastery

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About Stakna Monastery Ladakh

Noted for being the only Bhutanese Drukpa Kagyu monastery in Ladakh, Stakna Monastery is yet another major attraction near Leh. The name Stakna, literally means ‘tiger’s nose,’ since the hillock the monastery appears to be of the shape of the nose of the tiger.

This must-visit gompa is situated on the left bank of the Indus River and is home to 30 monks. The major point of interest of Stakna Monastery is the sacred Arya Avalokitesvara statue that was brought from Kamrup, Assam.

History of Stakna Monastery

The history of Stakna Monastery states that it was founded in the 16th century by a Bhutanese scholar and saint, Chosje Jamyang Palkar.

Architecture of Stakna Monastery


The architecture of Stakna Monastery is of Tibetan style. It has an assembly hall or the Dukhang which is adorned with several murals and paintings of Sakyamuni and Amchi. There’s a 7ft tall silver gilded chorten in the courtyard. Several stunning paintings of Buddhist gurus like Padma Sambhava and Bodhisattva decorates the monastery.

Highlights of Stakna Monastery

  • Arya Avalokitesvara statue
  • Silver gilded chorten
  • Murals and Paintings

Best Time to Visit Stakna Monastery

The best time to visit Stakna Monastery is between July and September as the roads are clear of snow and the weather is also pleasant.

How to Reach Stakna Monastery?

The best way to reach Stakna Monastery is to one can take a taxi or rent a bike from Leh, which is 25 km away.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How far is Stakna from Leh & what is the best way to reach?

Stakna Monastery is situated at a distance of 25 km from Leh. Hiring a cab or renting a bike are the best ways to reach here.

Q. How old is Stakna Monastery & which sect of Buddhism does it belong to?

Stakna Monastery is a 16th century monastery. It comes under Bhutanese Drukpa Kagyu of Buddhism.

Q. What is the major attraction in Stakna Monastery?

The tall statue of Arya Avalokitesvara is the major attraction of Stakna Monastery.

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