Spituk Monastery is a Buddhist Monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, India. Other names of this monastery are Spituk Gompa and Pethup Gompa. Od-de was founded this Gompa. He was the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. It was established in 11th century.
What to see in Spituk Monastery: Major attractions of this Monastery is Giant Statue of Kali. This is home to 100 monks. Every year Gustor Festival celebrates so grandly from 27th to 29th day of 11th month according to Tibetan Calendar. Highlights of the festival are cultural exhibition, traditional arts, dance, Music and Prayers. Mask dance also perform here.
Spituk means exemplary. Main intension to establish this Monastery is to develop an exemplary religious community in Ladakh. It is located on the hill with the backdrop of snow peaks of Himalayas. This gompa belongs to Yellow Hat order of Tibetan Buddhism. Attractions of this place are religious sculptures, frescoes, ancient idols and ancient shrines. Hill is devoted to Vajrabhairava deity. Face of this idol can be seen only during the Gustor festival.
Collection of antique arms, masks, thangkas, and statue of female Bodhisattva Tara can be seen in the assembly hall. Monastery has a separate room for the images of Tara. This room is known as Dolma Lhakhang. It is also named as Temple of Tara. In the assemble hall of the monastery big throne can be seen. This is especially for the Dalai Lama.
What to see around Spituk 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.
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.
Chamba Temple: Maitreya is worshipped here. Statue of Maitreya is 14meters height.
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.
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 Spituk Monastery: Monastery is connected with road. Before reaching to this monastery one has to reach to Leh. Leh is well connected with road. To reach Leh there are two popular routes. One is from Srinagar via Kargil on Srinagar Leh Highway and other route is from Manali via Sarchu and Dharchu on the Manali Leh highway. Nearest railway station is located at Kalka. From this railway station, visitors have to reach to Manali via Shimla. From Leh, regular buses and taxis are available to reach Manali. Leh is having airport facility. This airport is well connected with Srinagar, Jammu, Delhi.
Getting around Spituk Monastery: One can see this monastery on foot. Buses, Trekking facilities and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of monastery.
Best time to Visit Spituk Monastery: Best time to visit Leh is between June and September.
Where to stay in Spituk Monastery: No accommodations are available at the Monastery. Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Leh. Along with hotels, local guest houses, hiker’s huts, tourists complex, guest houses are also available to stay in Leh.
Where to eat in Spituk Monastery: Eateries are not available at this monastery. Plenty of restaurants are available to have food in Leh. Kashmiri dishes are famous at Leh.