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Monastery in Ladakh

Ladakh is an important Bhddhist Centre. During the ancient Kushan Empire, Budhistm came to Ladakh for Kashmir in the first centuary.  Islam later  swayed Kashmir with the expansion of Islamic Empires.  But Ladakh not only remained Buddhist but also spread Buddhism to Tibet in the second centuary. 77% population of Ladakh is Buddhist.

 The entire valley of Leh in Ladakh locates many famous monasteries which constitute the main tourist attraction.  The monasteries in Leh contain a rich collections of Buddhist relics like thankas, murals, sculptures and scriptures.  The most exiting aspect of these Monasteries is their locations.  Most of the Monasteries are located on the hill tops in isolation surrounded by the natural landscape while overlooking the settlements below.

The famous monasteries of Ladakh are Hemis Gompa, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Sankar Gompa, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Likir Manasty, Lamayuru Monasty etc.
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Diskit Monastery is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in Nubra Valley of Ladakh. This monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhist order.
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Hemis Gompa is the largest monastery in Ladakh. This monastery, built in 1630, belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order.

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Karsha monastery lays six kms in the North East of Padum. A tarred road leads all the way to it from the main junction in Padum.
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Lamayuru Monastery was founded in the 10th century which is located at a scenic spot at a distance around 125 kms. away in the west of Leh.
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Phutkal Monastery is the most isolated monastery in Zanskar region. Its establishment dates back to twelfth Century.
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Shey Monastery is located at a solitary hillock at a distance of 15 km away south of Leh. This monastery is also called Shey Palance
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Thiksey Monastery is the finest example of Ladakhi architecture. This Monastery is located on the top of the hill in solitude
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Matho Gompa belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. it is famous for its annual Oracle Matho Nagrang Festival
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Phyang Monastery belongs to the Red Hat Sect of Buddhism. As a royal grace, the entire Phyang hills were once inhabited by monks preaching a Buddhist cult.
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The Sankar gompa is located a couple of kilometers north of the town center. The Gompa belongs to the Gelukpa order of Buddhism. Wall paintings in the Gompa depict ..
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Close to River Indus, Spituk Gompa is located on the hilltop at a distance of 18 Kms from Leh. The Spitok Gompa was established during 11th century by Od-De.
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