Mulbekh Monastery is situated in Zanskar region, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. This consists of two gompas. One is Drukpa and other one is Gelugpa Buddhist Gompa. It is located 45kms away from this gompa.
What to see at Mulbekh Monastery: This monastery is famous for tall statue of Maitreya Buddha. Drupaka Gompa is one of the gompas of this monastery which is known as new Buddhist school. Other gompa of this monastery is known as Gelugpa which is known as Old Buddhist School. Along with Buddha statue, other attraction of this place is 30feet long limestone sculpture of Maitreya Buddha. Sculpture of this Buddha Measures 9 meter from the base to its top.
This monastery is also famous for frescoes, rock sculptures and statues. Rock sculpture is carved by Ladakhi missionaries to propagate Buddhism. Idol of this Buddha is blend of Saivite symbols and early art work of Buddhists. Statues of this place were built during the first century. Modern scholars date it around 8th century. There are ancient edicts inscribed on the mountains in Kharoshti Script near Maitreya rock idol. This monastery is well known for wall paintings and prized relics.
What to see around Mulbekh Monastery:
Zanskar River: Area of this river converted into U shape due to the glaciers. It originates at the north slope of the Great Himalayas.
Zanskar Valley: This valley is famous for flora. Other attractions of this valley are meadows, streams, Drang Drung Glacier. Trekking conducts here.
Penzella Pass: In the Zanskar Range, it is one of the important grounds. This separates suru valley from Zanskar. Along with suru Valley this also separates the Zanskar from other parts of the Ladakh. Commonly seen animals of this place are Marmots and brown Bears.
Shagma Karphu: This place is famous for maintaining peaks, Zanskar Valley, sunset and sunrise. Buddhist culture is dominating at this place. By melting the snow, doted marshy lands are formed.
Padum: It was once acted as capital to Zanskar. Padum Valley is the major attraction of this place. Other attractions of this place are Starrimo Monastery and Trekking. It is located 16kms away from Zanskar.
Rangdum Monastery: It lies between Kargil and padum. Main attraction of this monastery is assembly hall. This hall has beautiful status.
Sani Monastery: It is one of the 8 most sacred places for Buddhists. This place is most famous among Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery has ancient chortens. It is constructed by Emperor Kanishka. Attractions of this Gompa are idols, paintings and murals of Saint Padmasambhava.
Shergol Cave Monastery: This is well known for beautiful wall paintings. It gives the impression of hanging out of the mountain. This monastery is located in the middle of the mountain.
Getting to Mulbekh Monastery: Only way to reach this place is through road way. Deluxe buses are available to visit this place from Jammu and Kashmir. These buses are providing by JKSRTC. JKSRTC buses are available regularly from Leh every Wednesday to Srinagar via kargil. Cheapest way to visit this place is through bus. Jeeps are also available to reach this place but it is costly. Nearest railway head is located at Jammu which is 540kms away from this monastery. Nearest airport is located at Leh. Leh is well connected with Srinagar, Jammu and Delhi.
Getting around Mulbekh Monastery: As this is small monastery visitors can explore on foot. Jeeps and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Mulbekh Monastery.
Best time to visit Mulbekh Monastery: Best time to visit Mulbekh Monastery is between May to October.
Where to stay in Mulbekh Monastery: Very limited accommodations are available at this monastery. Few guest houses are available here. Kargil is the best option to stay near this monastery.
Where to eat in Mulbekh Monastery: Eateries are very limited. It is good option for carrying food hampers.