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Tabo Monastery

Tabo Monastery

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Tabo Monastery is located in Tago village of Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. In the Tibetan Era Fire Ape, this monastery was founded.  This monastery is famous for murals, frescos, statues, stupas, manuscripts and Thankas.  It was reconstructed after the earthquake of 1975.   What to see in Tabo Monastery: Architecture: Tabo Monastery consists of cave Shrines, 4 decorated stupas, and 9 temples. Temples belongs to 15th to 20th centuries, Stupas belongs to 13th to 14th centuries and Paintings of the main temple 10th to 11th centuries. Huge collection of Pramana and manuscripts texts can be seen at this monastery. These belong to 1991 to 1998. Main Temple: Main temple consists of entry hall and assembly hall. Entry hall has pictures of Yeshe O’d and his two sons Devaraja and Nagaraja. They were the founders of this monastery. In the main temple, visitors can see 110 cm height Vairocana.  Painted decorations of sculptures can be seen here. On the walls of the main temple scriptures written on wooden planks can be seen here. More than 50 clay images are located here. Older Temples:  Golden temple is said to be covered with Gold. In 16th century it was renovated by Sengge Namgyal.  Other ancient temple of this monastery is Bodhisattva Maitreya temple. Height of this main statue of this temple is 6meters. Other attraction among the old temples is Trom ton Temple. Murals of eight medicine Buddhas can be seen here. Paintings are the major attraction of interiors of Small Trom- ton. Newer Temple:  Largest newer temple of this complex is Temple of Dromton. This temple is famous for paintings. Other main temple among new temples is Mahakala Vajra Bhairava Temple. There are 5 temples in this monastery. Stupas: Temple complex consists of several stupas. Four stupas are most attractive with interior paintings. These stupas belong to 13th century.   What to see around Tabo Monastery: Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are...

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Karsha Monastery

Karsha Monastery

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Karsha Monastery is located in Zanskar Region , Jammu & Kashmir, India. Phagspa Shesrab founded this monastery. Other names of this monastery are Karsha Gompa and Karsha Chamspaling. This gompa belongs to Yellow Hat order.   What to see at Karsha Monastery: In Zanskar region this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for rock carvings. Rinchen Zangpo era wall paintings of Chuk-shik-jal can be seen here. Avalokiteshvara Temple is another attraction of this gompa. Younger brother of Dalai Lama is maintaining this gompa. This is the home to 100 monks. Other temples located at this monastery are Lhakhang Karpo and Thugsjechhenpoi Lhakhang. A sacred image of 11 headed Avaloketeshvara statue other attraction of this gompa.   Karsha Monastery consists of Residential rooms for 150 monks, Chortens, Chapels, Eight Temples and Assembly hall. Assembly hall is surrounded by 3 chapels. Chapels consist of several statues and attractive art works. Thangka paintings can be seen here. Earlier silver covering of Chortens are placed here. But during the India Pakistan war these chortens were taken away by them. From this place spectacular view of rivers, greenery, glaciers, and landscapes of zanskar is possible. Gustor festival is well celebrated at this gompa.   What to see around Karsha Monastery: 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. Pipiting: It is located very near to Zanskar. This place is famous for several ancient temples and stupas. Other attraction near this place is Sani. This monastery has ancient chortens. It is constructed by Emperor Kanishka. Attractions of this Gompa are idols, paintings and murals of Saint Padmasambhava. Bardan Monastery: It is located on the trekking route from Padum to Phuktal. This monastery was established in 17th century and it belongs to Tibetan Buddhism. Padum: It was once acted as capital to Zanskar. Padum Valley is the major attraction of this place. Other attractions of this place...

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Hemis Monastery

Hemis Monastery

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Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. It is located in Hemis, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. In the Ladakh region, this is the largest monastic institutions. In the Himalayan Region, more than 1000 monks reside in this monastery. For this monastery there are 200 branches.   What to see in Hemis Monastery: Of all the monasteries in India, Hemis is the wealthiest monastery. Major attractions of this monastery are artifacts, murals, Thangkas. Other attraction of this place is Statue of Buddha which was made up of Copper. Silver and gold stupas can be seen here. Monastery looks so attractive with Tibetan Buddhist style of architecture. It is divided into two parts. One part of this monastery is Temple and other part of this monastery is Assembly hall which is also known as Dukhang.   Other worth seeing of this monastery is Huge Courtyard. Wall paintings of Buddhist Kalchakra can also be seen here. Major festival of this place is Hemis festival. During this period Lord Padmasambhava worshipped here. Other major festival of this place is Losar. It is fortnight long festival. This festival usually starts from September 1st   What to see around Hemis Monastery: Hemis National Park: This is the home place to 73 birds and 16 species of mammals. Hemis protects the endangered animals such as red fox, Eurasian brown, Tibetan Wolf, Asiatic ibex, Leopards.  Small mammals can also be seen here such as Himalayan mouse hare, mountain weasel, Himalayan Marmot.   This is the best place for bird watchers also. Major attractions of this place are Fire Fronted Serin, Himalayan Snowcock, Red Billed Chough; Fork tailed Swift, Chukar, Snowfinch, Streaked Rose finch, Leaf Warbler, Robin Accentor, and Brown Accentor. Visitors can enjoy pollution free environment. Within the confines of this park, 6 villages exist. These villages were Chilling, Urutse, Shingo, Sku, Kaya, Rumbak. Within the park, visitors can see several   chortens and gompas. One of the notable monasteries is Hemis Monastery. Trekking and camping activities takes place in this park. Leh Palace: In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir...

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Stok Monastery

Stok Monastery

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Stok Monastery is a Buddhist Monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Lama Lhawang Lotus has founded this monastery in 14th century.   What to see at Stok Monastery:  This is one of the beautiful places for the natural lovers and trekking lovers. It is surrounded by Indus valley, Markha valley and Stock Kangri Ranges. This was established 200 years ago. Museum is the other attraction of this monastery. Museum says about the life of Ladakh royals, weapons, currencies. Artifacts of the royal Palace can also be seen in this museum. This gompa belongs to Gelugpa sect. of Buddhism.   Other attractions of this monastery are library, Chortens, Temples, Verandah, Courtyard, and Assembly Hall. Along with Buddhists, several other religion people alos visits this place. Wall paintings are other attractions of this monastery. Images of Amchi, Nangyalma, Tara, Skayamuni, Avalokitesvara, and Vajrapani of this place are so beautiful.   One oldest Chapel is also situated here. Image of Avalokitesvara is having 11 heads and 1000 hands. Recently one more temple was constructed in this place.  This temple is dedicated to Avalokitesvara. Library consists of 108 volumes of Buddha’s teachings. Major festival celebrates at this monastery is Stok Guru Tsechu. Main attraction of this festival is music, dance and festive food. Another major attraction of this monastery is trekking.   What to see around Stok Monastery: Leh Palace: In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir armies. Mangyu Monastery: Major attractions of this monastery are paintings of mandalas, and rare thangkas. Rizong Monastery: It looks like fortress. This gompa belongs to Gelukpa order of Buddhism. War Museum: Other name is wall of fame. This museum showcases the war effort and Sacrifice of the Indian Army in its war against Pakistan. Sankar Gompa:  This place is famous for the statue of Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig. This statue has thousands of heads and arms. Nubra Valley: It is high altitude desert which is well known for its beauty. This valley separates Karakoram and Ladakh. Shanti Stupa: It has white domed monument with backdrop of brown mountains....

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Alchi Monastery

Alchi Monastery

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Alchi Monastery is a Buddhist Monastery located in Alchi Village in Leh district, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. In Alchi Village there are four hamlets. Out of these 4 hamlets, this is the most famous and oldest monastery. Likir Monastery is administering this monastery. Major festival celebrates at this gompa is Ladakh festival. This festival celebrates for 15 days.   What to see in Alchi Monastery: Chortens: Great Chorten and Small Chorten belong to 13th century. These are decorated gateways. Names of these chortens are kakani Chroten and Ka Ka ni mchod rten. Along with this chortens, there are other 3 chortens can be seen here. Ancient paintings can be seen in these chortens. Manjushri Temple: Other name of this temple is Jampe Lhakhang. It is built around the 4 central images of manjushri. Four pillars form the enclosure for the images. Cross bracing are supporting the pillars. These are connected to the Painted wood ceiling. Sumtseg:  It is one of the attractions of this monastery. Sumtseg means 3 storied building. It was built with natural stone and loam. Tibetan tradition can be seen in the construction of this building. Kashmiri artists made paintings, clay images, walls, facades, luxuriant woodwork columns. These attractions can be seen inside this building. Dukhang: This is the assembly hall located at the heart of the monastery. At this place monks perform ceremonies and conduct prayers. At the outer gate, visitors can see Mahakal and Wheel of life. This is dedicated to Panch Tathagatas. Main deity worshipped in this hall.           What to see around Alchi Monastery: Leh Palace: In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir armies. Nubra Valley: It is high altitude desert which is well known for its beauty. This valley separates Karakoram and Ladakh. Shanti Stupa: It has white domed monument with backdrop of brown mountains. Stok:  This is famous for its Buddhist Monastery. It also acts as gateway for several trekking activities. This is located 14kms away from Leh. Magnetic Hill: Due to magnetic force of the hill cars will be pulled upwards....

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Thikse Monastery

Thikse Monastery

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Thikse Monastery is a Tibetan Monastery in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. This belongs to Yellow Hat sect. Leh is located 19kms away from this monastery. In Central Ladakh, this is the largest Gompa. This gompa looks like Potala Palace. This gompa is famous for thangkas, statues, stupas of Buddhism. It is 12 storey complex.   What to see in Thikse Monastery: Maitreya Buddha: Statue of Maitreya Buddha is 15meters height. This statue covers two storey building. Craftsman has taken 4 years to make this statue. It is in sitting posture. Tara Temple: Goddess Tara is worshipped here. In Glass covered Wooden Shelves, visitors can see 21 images of Goddess. Image of Buddha and his two disciple images can be seen at Chi- Khang. Assembly Hall: Entrance wall of this hall consists of murals of the Tibetan Calendar with Bhavacakra. Bhavacakra is the wheel of life. Main prayer hall consists of several painted and handwritten books. 11 headed Avalokitesvara with Padmasambava is another attraction of the Assembly hall. Other attraction of this place is 225 volumes of the text Tangyur. Lamokhang Temple: This temple is located on the top floor of the monastery. It consists of scriptures of Stangyur and Kangyur. Only men’s are allowed into this floor. At the entry of this monastery one can see main walls and big statues. Nunnery: Nunnery school is located inside this monastery. It is managed by Monastery Administration.   What to see around Thikse Monastery: Leh Palace: In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir armies. Mangyu Monastery: Major attractions of this monastery are paintings of mandalas, and rare thangkas. Rizong Monastery: It looks like fortress. This gompa belongs to Gelukpa order of Buddhism. War Museum: Other name is wall of fame. This museum showcases the war effort and Sacrifice of the Indian Army in its war against Pakistan. Sankar Gompa:  This place is famous for the statue of Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig. This statue has thousands of heads and arms. Nubra Valley: It is high altitude desert which is well known for its beauty. This valley...

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