Namgyal Tsemo Monastery is a Buddhist Monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Tashi Namgyal of Ladakh has built this monastery in 1430. Leh is located 5kms away from this monastery.
What to see at Namgyal Tsemo Monastery: Major attraction of this monastery is 3 storey high solid gold idol of Maitrieya Buddha. It is situated on the top of the mountain. Leh Palace is behind this monastery. From this monastery visitors can have a spectacular view of snow capped peaks of Zanskar range, gently flowing Indus River and surrounding country sides. The hill on which this monastery is located is called Namgyal hill. Other attraction is 9 storey high Namagyal Tsemo Palace.
Architecture of this monastery is so beautiful. This place is most famous among photographers also because of its scenic beauty. Some of the attractions of this gompa are status of Buddha, Paintings, temples with frescoes, assembly hall. Statues of Manjushri and Avalokitesvara are also attractive of this place. These are one storey high statues. Visitors are allowed in the morning and in the evening timings. Worth buying things of this place are Thangkas, Ladakhi Jewellery, Shawls, Carpets, hand-woven rugs etc.
What to see around Namgyal Monastery:
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.
Matho Monastery: It is located at the mouth of gorge in the Zanskar Range. Worth seeing in this gompa are art works, stupas, murals, festivals. In 16th century this was constructed.
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.
Stok: This is famous for its Buddhist Monastery. It also acts as gateway for several trekking activities. This is located 14kms away from Leh.
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.
Shanti Stupa: It has white domed monument with backdrop of brown mountains.
Chamba Temple: Maitreya is worshipped here. Statue of Maitreya is 14meters height.
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 Namgyal Tsemo 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 Namgyal Tsemo 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 Namgyal Tsemo Monastery: Best time to visit this place is between June and September.
Where to stay in Namgyal Tsemo Monastery: Accommodations are not available at this place. Staying in Leh is the best option.
Where to eat in Namgyal Tsemo Monastery: Eateries are not available at this place. Plenty of restaurants are available at Leh.