Phyang Monastery or Gangon Tashi Chodzong is a famous Buddhist institution in Ladakh. The place shares a distance of 20 km from the west of Leh. The name ‘Phyang monastery’ has been derived from “Gang Ngonpo” or the blue mountain. The very monastery was constructed in the 16th century by Choje Denma Drakpa. The 21st Dharma King of Ladakh Chogyal Tashi Namgyal sponsors the monastery as he was the disciple of Choje Denma Drakpa. The area where the monastery stands today once was under the royal property and was gifted to Denma Kunga Drakpa. Phyang monastery is a Buddhist centre and belongs to the sect of red hat. The large temple premises include the accommodation of plenty of holy shrines inside the temple complex. These shrines feature spectacular wall paintings and artwork dating back to the royal period.
Phyang Monastery is a popular tourist attraction in all over the world. Especially for the tourists who seek for historical places. The monastery houses 100 monks; it also houses a school named Ratnashri that provide knowledge to the younger monks on modern education along with Buddhism. Else there are classes on Hindi, English, Mathematics, Tibetan languages,and the monastery’s ritual prayers. There is also an old temple which was structured while the Phyang monastery was established.
If your plan to visit Phyang monastery is ready then there are some notable places that you must not ignore. At Phyang monastery there is a museum that contains 900 years old scriptures, idols, Tibetan and Mongolian firearms and weapons. The wonderful museum exhibits rich collections of thangkas, ancient wall paintings and holy deities. Every year on the 17th to 19th day of the first month followed by the Tibetan calendar Gang-Sngon festival is celebrated. Else a sacred dance is also performed every year on the 2nd and 3rd of the sixth month served by the Phyang monastery. Phyang monastery festival is one of the popular ceremonies in Ladakh. Numerous tourists come here to experience the unique taste of festivals. Festivals at Phyang involves, music, dance, mask dance, Cham dance by monks are definitely worth watching. Phyang monastery was considered as the primary and one of the most influential institutes in Ladakh.
The popular Phyang monastery is situated at the Phyang village of Ladakh. The village approximately shares a distance of 17 km from the main city of Leh. If you are planning to reach the Phyang monastery by car then you need to drive along the NH1D in the direction of War Memorial. After that, ride about 10 km and then you can reach the Phyang monastery. You can hire private cabs such as Maruti van that accommodates 8 people from Leh. Else if you want to board local buses then there are available mini busses ply between Phyang monastery and Leh. The first bust to Phyang village starts at 7:30 am from Leh and it takes nearly 45 minutes to reach the destination. Do not get late as the buses are very punctual.
The Phyang monastery remains open from May to October. These six months are the best time to visit this place. The rest of the months, the roads remains closed due to heavy snowfall. It would be better if you visit Phyang monastery during the period of local festivals. So before confirming your tickets make sure that you would be able to attend the festivals. Go for advanced booking else there are chances of not getting the desired booking due to huge demand.
Go through the above description and have an excellent trip ahead.