Stongdey Monastery Zanskar

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About Stongdey Monastery Ladakh

The second largest monastic institution in Zanskar, Stongdey or Stongde Monastery is clearly a major attraction to see in this region in Ladakh. An 11th century gompa, Stongdey belongs to the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is home to 60 monks.

Sitting atop a mountain, Stongdey Monastery has seven temples amongst which the Tshogs-khang is decorated with exquisite paintings of the deities. The art in the temple is made on a black background which are outlined with gold.

Another important attraction of Stongdey Gompa is its annual Gustor Festival which is celebrated on the 28th and 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan calendar.

History of Stongdey Monastery

The history of Stongdey Monastery states that it was founded in 1052 by Naropa's disciple, the famous translator Lama Marpa Lotsawa (1012-1097).

Highlights of Stongdey Monastery

  • Tshogs-khang
  • Wall paintings
  • Gustor Festival

Best Time to Visit Stongdey Monastery

The best time to visit Stongdey Monastery is during the annual celebration of Gustor Festival. During the festival, one can witness the traditional Cham Dance.

How to Reach Stongdey Monastery?

Stongdey is situated about 20 km from Padum en route Zangla. One can take a cab till the foot of the hill on which Stondey is situated. From there, one is required to walk to the top of the hill which may take 4 to 5 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How far is Stongdey from Padum & what is the best way to reach?

Stongdey Monastery is situated at a distance of 20 km from Padum. Hiring a cab or renting a bike till the foot of the hill on which the monastery from Padum is required. Further, one has to walk up hill to reach the gompa.

Q. Is there a festival to see in Stongdey Monastery?

Yes, Gustor Festival is an annual event during which the traditional Cham Dance can be witnessed in Stongdey Gompa.

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

Stongdey Monastery is an 11th century monastery. It comes under Gelug or Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Q. What is the major attraction in Stongdey Monastery?

The Tshogs-Khang Temple and its wall paintings are the major attractions of Stongdey Monastery.

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