Best Tourist Attractions in Ladakh, Jammu Kashmir India

Once in Ladakh, it is easy for one to glean from the general tranquillity of the environment that it is a land where Buddhism has been around since what may as well be forever. There are a lot of places that may catch one’s fancy, there are a total of 37 monasteries among innumerable other places of interest that never fail to impress, of course, some of these may be subject to an individual’s inclination. Some of these include:

Shey Gonpa and Palace :

The palace was built by King Delden, the first legitimate king of Ladakh, in 1655. From the palace structure that survives, one can see the remains of hundreds of stupas built around the site over the years. There sits inside the palace a statue of Gautama Buddha that is almost four storeys tall and made of copper guilt, built under the patronage of the king. The Shey Gonpa and Palace are located approximately 17 km to the south of Ladakh.

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Thinksey Gonpa:

Located in central Ladakh, this is a monastery that features a twelve storey building complex, a nunnery, and the most recent addition, a Maitreya temple installed in 1970. The complex houses many Buddhist artefacts that may be of tourist interest, such as statues, stupas, and Thangka paintings. The temple boasts a forty nine feet statue of the Buddha.

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Matho monastery:

Tibetan Buddhist monastery built around five hundred years ago by the Saskya Monastic Establishment. The monastery also plays host to the Matho Nagrang Festival, an annual celebration that takes place in March. Located in the prime of the Indus valley, this monastery proves great to seekers of knowledge about the faith and its philosophies.

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Lamayuru monastery:

One of the oldest monasteries still surviving in Ladakh, the Lamayuru monastery sits at an altitude of 3,510 m, since the 11th century. It is said to have been built on the site of a lake which withdrew of its own accord and solely to facilitate the building of this monastery. There are many legends linked to the monastery, and one can also find an exquisite collection of paintings, Thangkas, and other Buddhist artefacts.

Some of the other important tourist places and Buddhist Monasteries in Ladakh region of Jammu Kashmir are:

Besides, Alchi Monastery , Hemis Monastery, Stok Palace, Spituk Monastery, Zongkhul, Stakna, Rizong Gompa, Phyang Gompa, Likir Gompa, Diskit Monastery, Phugtal Monastery, Karma Dupgyud, Rungdum Gompa, Maitreya Buddha, Wanla Gompa, Shankar Monastery and Shanti Stupa are a must see Buddhist Place in Ladakh.

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