Matho Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist which is located in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is situated on the banks of river Indus. Leh is located 26kms away from this monastery. This is located opposite of Thikse Monastery.
What to see at Matho Monastery: It is a collection of Thangkas. These were dates back to 14th century. In the Ladakh region, this is the only example of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Dugpa Dorje founded this gompa. It is the home place to 30 novitiates and 60 lamas. This gompa is famous for celebrating Matho Nagrang. Cham dance and acts of oracle is the major attraction of this festival. This festival celebrates during Buddhist New Year.
Monastery consists of Chapels, Temples and Dukhang. Dukhang is the assembly hall of the monastery. Walls of the assembly hall are most beautiful with wall paintings. Paintings of Buddha and other deities can be seen here. Other attractions of this monastery are thousand armed statues of Avalokitesvara, Blessing Buddha, Sakyamuni, and Maitreya. Chapels have images of Lamas and Sakya Pandita. Other attraction of this gompa is museum. This consists of beautiful old thangkas. It is believed that, these were brought from Tiber in 16th century.
What to see around Matho 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: 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.
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.
Getting to Matho Monastery: Only way to reach this place is through road way. Before reaching this place one has to reach Leh. This place can be reached either from Srinagar or from Manali. Both routes are mountain routes. Sometimes these routes will be blocked due to landslides. From Leh, Jeeps and Taxis are available to reach this monastery. Bus services to this gompa are very limited. Nearest railway station is located at Kalka. Taxis and Buses are available to reach Manali. Then taxis and buses are available to reach Leh from Manali. Nearest airport is located at Leh.
Getting around Matho Monastery: This gompa can be explored on foot. From Leh, visitors can see the surrounding places of this gompa via buses and taxis.
Best time to visit Matho Monastery: Best time to visit this monastery is between May to September.
Where to stay in Matho Monastery: No accommodations in this monastery. Leh is the only option to stay near this monastery.
Where to eat in Matho Monastery: No restaurants at this monastery. It is advisable to carry food.