Stongdey Monastery is the second largest monastery in Zanskar region, Jammu and Kashmir, India. From Padum, it is located 18kms away. It was founded by Lama Marpa Lotsawa in 1052 CE. He is Naropa’s disciple and famous translator.
What to see in Stongdey Monastery: This Monastery is the home to more than 60 Gelukpa Monks. Inside this monastery seven temples are situated. One of them is Tshogs Khan. Most attractive paintings can be seen on this temple. Some paintings belong to the deities. They look so beautiful on a black background outlined in gold. Successors of Nari Tulku are managing this Monastery.
It is white washed monastery complex. Tibetan style of architecture can be seen on this temple. This temple complex is located on the top of the rocky cliff. From this monastery visitors can see Zanskar region. Other attractions of this region are religious sculptures, thangkas, ancient murals, Images of Buddha. Major festival celebrates at this place is Gustor. This festival celebrates on 28th and 29th of the 11th month according to the Tibetan Calendar. At the time of celebrating this festival, local made handicrafts are available at the shops nears this complex. They are so beautiful. Local sporting events also conduct at that time. Highlight of this festival is Mask dance performed by Lamas. Trekking activities also conducts here.
What to see around Stongdey Monastery:
Padum: It was once acted as capital to Zanskar. Padum Valley is the major attraction of this place. Other attractions of this place are Starrimo Monastery and Trekking.
Drang Drung Glacier: This is situated across Suru Valley in Jammu and Kashmir. It is surrounded by two small alpine lakes and snow covered peaks.
Pipiting: It is located very near to Zanskar. This place is famous for several ancient temples and stupas. Other attraction near this place is Sani. This monastery has ancient chortens. It is constructed by Emperor Kanishka. Attractions of this Gompa are idols, paintings and murals of Saint Padmasambhava.
Rangdum Monastery: It lies between Kargil and padum. Main attraction of this monastery is assembly hall. This hall has beautiful status.
Padum Trekking Trails: Popular activities of Padum are river rafting and trekking. Trekking trails ranges from 1 day to 20 day trail.
Leh: This place is known as land of Lamas. It is one of the most beautiful places in India which is situated near the banks of Indus River.
Tagrimo Monastery: It lies in the plains of Padum. Other name is Kagyupa Monastery. It is the house to 30 monsk. This place is famous for 17th century paintings.
Bardan Monastery: It is located on the trekking route from Padum to Phuktal. This monastery was established in 17th century and it belongs to Tibetan Buddhism.
Karsha: In this region this is the largest Gompa. In 10th century this was founded by Phagspa Shesrab. According to the Tibetan Calendar, a festival celebrates on 28th and 29th of 6th month. At that time sacred dance will be performed by the Monks. Other attractions of this place are Chukshik –Jal, Dorje – Dzong nursery.
Getting to Stongdey Monastery: Ways to reach this place is either by trekking or by hiring motor vehicle. Padum is 18kms from this monastery. One has to reach Padum to go to this place. Padum can be reached from Leh or from Srinagar. To reach Padum one has to cross Kargil. Nearest railway station is located at Jammu which is 735kms away. Nearest airports are Srinagar and Leh.
Getting around Stongdey Monastery: It is a small monastery. One can discovered this place on foot. From Padum, buses, taxis and trekking facilities are available to reach the surrounding places of this monastery.
Best time to visit Stongdey Monastery: Best time to visit this place is between July to November.
Where to stay in Stongdey Monastery: Only option to stay at this place is Home stays provided by the local people.
Where to eat in Stongdey Monastery: Villagers serve food. People who were living in the Home stays will get from the villagers who are providing the home stays facility.