Phyang Monastery is a Buddhist Monastery which is located 17kms away from Leh and it is situated in Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India. It was founded in 1515. Lamayuru and Phyrang are only two monasteries in Ladakh which belongs to Dri gung Pa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Phyang name is derived from Gang Ngonpo which means Blue Mountain. This Blue Mountain is situated behind this Phyang monastery.
What to see in Phyang Monastery: This monastery is known for ancient wall paintings. Other attractions of this place are murals of Mahakala, Collection of old thangkas. This is the home place to 100 monks. Monastery consists of a school which not only teach about Buddhism but also provides modern education.
At the time of construction of this monastery Mahakala temple was constructed. Visitors of this place can also see a museum which is a part of this monastery. Major attractions of this museum are 900 years old collection of weapons, Mongolian firearms, Chinese, Tibetan firearms and scriptures. During the festivals season, cham dance and mask dance attracts the visitors of this place. Two festivals are most famous in this monastery. One is Gang Sngon Tsedup which comes in the first month of the Tibetan Calendar and celebrates between 17th day and 19th day of the month. Other festival is Phyang Festival, which celebrates in the 6th month of the Tibetan Calendar.
What to see around Phyang Monastery:
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.
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.
Stok: This is famous for its Buddhist Monastery. It also acts as gateway for several trekking activities. This is located 14kms away from Leh.
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.
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.
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.
Getting to Phyang 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 Phyang. 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 which is 17kms away from the monastery.
Getting around Phyang 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 Phyang Monastery: Best time to visit this place is between May and September.
Where to stay in Phyang Monastery: Accommodations are not available here. Staying in the Leh is the only option which is 17kms away from the monastery.
Where to eat in Phyang Monastery: Eateries are not available. It is advisable to carry food.