Chemrey Monastery is located in Ladakh Region, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Other name of this monastery is Chemrey Gompa. Lama Tagsang Raschen founded this Gompa. This gompa is dedicated to King Sengge Namgyal. Chemrey Monastery belongs to Drupa Monastic order. It is located 40kms away from Leh.
What to see in Chemrey Monastery: This monastery is famous for Padmasambhava Statue. More than 20 monks reside at this place. Complex consists of two Du-Khang (assembly hall), several number of shrines and Lha Khang which means Lama Temple. In the old Du—khang, visitors can see paintings of founder of the monastery and new Du-khang consists of Padmasambhava images. Walls of the gompa consist of Paintings about Buddhism. All the paintings belong to 17th century.
Major attraction of this monastery is Padmasambhava Statue. He had written several Indian Scriptures written in Sanskrit and Pali. Other attractions of this gompa are 29 volume scripture written in gold and silver letters, murals of Akshobhya, Kalchakra, Sakyamuni and Buddhist Scriptures. Chemrey Angchok festival celebrates so grandly in this monastery. This celebrates on 28th and 29th day of the 9th month of Tibetan Calendar. During the festival period, mask dance is the major attractions.
What to see around Chemrey Monastery:
Sankar Gompa: This place is famous for the statue of Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig. This statue has thousands of heads and arms.
Chamba Temple: Maitreya is worshipped here. Statue of Maitreya is 14meters height.
Leh Palace: This is the major attraction of this place. 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.
Alchi Gompa: It is one of the largest gompa in Leh which is situated on the banks of river Indus. Best collection of paintings can be seen here.
Gurudwara Pathar Sahib: This was built in 15717AD. It is believed that a Demon was defeated by Guru Nanak at this place. Later he became the disciple of Guru Nanak.
Shanti Stupa: It has white domed monument with backdrop of brown mountains.
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.
Zorawar Fort: It is above the Leh Palace and the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa stands the imposing Zorawar Fort overlooking the valley of Leh. Other name of this fort is Riasi Fort.
Getting to Chemrey Monastery: Only way to reach this place is through road way. This place can be reached either from Srinagar or from Leh. Both routes are mountain routes. Sometimes these routes will be blocked due to landslides. Nearest railway station is located at Kalka. Buses and Taxis are available to reach Leh from Manali. From Leh, visitors can reach Chemrey by catching taxi or bus. Nearest railway station is located at Leh. From Leh airport, taxis are available to reach this monastery. Leh is well connected with Srinagar, Jammu and Delhi.
Getting around Chemrey Monastery: Chemrey Monastery can be explored on foot. Buses and taxis are available to see the surrounding places of Chemrey Monastery.
Best time to visit Chemrey Monastery: Best time to visit this place is between June to October. During all other seasons, this monastery remains closed due to heavy snowfall.
Where to stay in Chemrey Monastery: Accommodations are not available at this monastery. Few Budget hotels are available at a distance of 18kms from this monastery. Certain people want to stay at Leh. Plenty of hotels are available at Leh.
Where to eat in Chemrey Monastery: Outside the monastery few small tea stalls are available. Meals or meals are not available. It is advisable to carry food while reaching to this place.