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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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Shey Monastery

Shey Monastery

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Shey Monastery is located in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Leh is 15kms away from Shey Monastery. This is also known as Shey Palace. It was built in 1655 by king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal. Earlier this place was acted as summer recreation place for king of Ladakh.   What to see in Shey Monastery:  This monastery is famous for giant copper with gilded gold statue of seated Shakyamuni Buddha. In Ladakh this is the second largest statue. Height of this statue is 12m. This statue is equal to 3 storied building. On both the sides of walls of this statue consists of 16 Arhants. Chief disciples of Buddha are Maudgalyayana and Sariputra. These disciples images can be seen on the back side of Shakyamuni Buddha statue. In the Lower floor of this monastery having murals of Shambunath, in the middle floor Murals of Buddha can be seen. Soot of butter lamps covered in the upper floor.   Visitors of this place can see wall paintings in the upper floor of this monastery. In the lower floor a library was situated. This library consists of large number of neatly preserved manuscripts. At this place another shrine can also be seen. This was built by Sengge Namgyal. This shrine also has Shakyamuni Buddha statue in a sitting posture. Two small Tantric shrines also exist at this place. Rock carvings are the other attractions of this place.   What to see around Shey 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. It is 27kms away from Leh. Mangyu Monastery: Major attractions of this monastery are paintings of mandalas, and rare thangkas. Rizong Monastery:...

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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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Phuktal Monastery

Phuktal Monastery

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Phuktal Monastery is located in southern eastern Zanskar, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Gangsem Sherap Sampo founded this monastery in 12th century. Phuktal means cave. Other name of this monastery is Phugta  Gompa.   What to see at Phuktal Monastery:  Construction of this monastery is unique. This monastery looks like honey comb.  For the Tibetan Buddhists, it is one of the holiest places. It is the home place to more than 70 monks. This gompa was explored when Alexander Csoma de Koros visited this place between 1826 – 27. He was the author of first English Tibetan Dictionary.   This monastery consists of a library and 4 prayer halls. Popular among the tourists are Frescoes and ceiling decorate the old chapel. It was constructed in 12th century. Only way to reach this gompa is through trekking. Gustor Festival celebrates so grandly at this place. This celebrates on 18th and 19th day of 12th month of Tibetan Calendar. Major attractions of this festival are mask dance and Cham dance.   What to see around Phuktal Monastery: 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. 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. Rangdum Monastery: It lies between Kargil and padum. Main attraction of this monastery is assembly hall. This hall has beautiful status. Tagrimo Monastery: It lies in the plains of Padum. Other name is Kagyupa Monastery. It is the house to 30 monks. This place is famous for 17th century paintings. 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...

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