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Ladakh Monastery Trek

Ladakh Monastery Trek

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Published by Subhash Kandpal
Ladakh has many historic monasteries called Gompas, where Buddhist monks and nuns live, study and practice their religion. The monasteries of Ladakh are situated in scenic locations, on hills and mountains and have rich collections of Buddhist paintings, arts and artifacts.
Ladakh has many historic monasteries called Gompas, where Buddhist monks and nuns live, study and practice their religion. The monasteries of Ladakh are situated in scenic locations, on hills and mountains and have rich collections of Buddhist paintings, arts and artifacts.

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Ladakh Monastery Trek
Ladakh has many historic monasteries called Gompas, where Buddhist monks and nuns live,study and practice their religion. The monasteries of Ladakh are situated in scenic locations, onhills and mountains and have rich collections of Buddhist paintings, arts and artifacts.With its snow covered peaks, remote villages, and ancient Buddhist monasteries,
 
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transports you to another world. Experience the most exotic excursion of your lifetime in the laps of the Great Himalayas that takes you to some of the most beautiful villagesand fascinating gompas of Ladakh.The 
crosses numerous passes, it’s a moderate grade trek requiredminimum of physical fitness and the path does not rise above 4500m.The famous monasteries of Ladakh are:
Thiksey Monastery:
It is the most beautiful of all the monasteries in Ladakh. It is on the north of the Indus River. The Thiskey festival (Thiskey Gustor) is held in the month of October- November.Around 80 Monks resides here. It has a famous statue of Buddha which is 15 meters tall. Thisstatue is the largest Buddha figure in Ladakh.
Mulbek Gompa
(monastery) dominates the valley. It is adorned by frescoes and statues.Mulbekh's main claim to fame is the impressive eight meter high Chamba statue, an image of afuture Buddha, cut into the rock face, dating back to about 700 AD.
Phyang Gompa
: emerges large at the head of a secluded side-valley that tapers north into theLadakh Range from the Srinagar highway. Hundreds of icons of Buddha are kept on woodenshelves. The Gompa itself houses a fifty-strong community of lamas. It also houses a ferociousveiled protector deity and an amazing collection of weapons.
Sumur Monastery:
This trek is the most important monastery of the Nubra valley of Ladakhregion. This monastery is the home to hundreds of monks.
Alchi Gompa:
It is one of the most beautiful and the most explored monastery of the region. It isthe only monastery in Ladakh which is located on flat ground. It displays Kashmiri style in its artand architecture.
Shanti Stupa:
The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop,and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists toLadakh and is spectacular to watch.The monasteries of Ladakh are treasure house of rare statues, exquisite wall paintings, ancientthankas (Painting on cloth), precious antique pieces and artifacts.

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