Ladakh monasteries belong to either the Mahayana or the Hinayana sect of Buddhism. Also known as Gompas, the monasteries in Leh Ladakh are a unique feature of the region. Infact, there are one of the major attractions of Ladakh. In the following lines, we have provided information about almost each and every Buddhist Monastery in Ladakh, India:
The Alchi Gompa is situated on the banks of the Indus and was founded
thousand years back. On one of the walls of the monastery are thousands
of miniature-sized Buddha pictures.
The Chemrey Gompa of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately
40 km to the east of the town of Leh. Founded by Lama Tagsang Raschen,
this monastery dates back to the 17th century.
Diskit & Hundur Gompa
The Diskit & Hundur Gompas of Ladakh are situated in the Nubra
Valley of the Ladakh region. Built by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple
of Tsong-kha-pa, the Diskit Gompa dates back to the 14th century.
The Hemis Monastery at Ladakh is situated at a distance of
approximately 47 km from Leh, on the west bank of the Indus River. The
monastery stands concealed inside a gorge and belongs to the Dugpa
The Lamayuru Monastery of Ladakh is situated at a distance of
approximately 127 km to the west of Leh. The legend associated with this
monastery goes that at the time of Sakyamuni (the Historical Buddha),
nags (holy serpents) used to live in a Lake at the present day
Located at a distance of approximately 62 km to the west of Leh, the
Likir Monastery dates back to the year 1065. It was during the reign of
the fifth king of Ladakh, Lhachen Gyalpo, that Lama Duwang Chosje was
offered land for building a monastery.
A monastery of the Saskya Order, Ladakh Matho Gompa is situated at a
distance of approximately 26 km to the southeast of Leh. It is located
on the opposite bank of the River Indus and was founded in the 16th
century by Lama Dugpa Dorje.
Namgyal Tsemo Monastery
Overlooking the town of Leh, the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa stands perched
precariously on the crag behind Leh palace. Built by King Tashi Namgyal,
it dates back to the year 1430.
The Phugtal Gompa of Ladakh is situated in the Zanskar region, on the
opening of a huge cave. This cave is in the mountain face of a lateral
gorge through which a major tributary of the southern Lungnak River
The Rangdum Gompa of Ladakh is situated near the Zanskar region. A
major attraction of the area, the monastery dates back to the 18th
century. The Ladakh Rangdum Gompa towers above a centrally rising
hillock, entrenched around by the bifurcated course of a mountain
The Rizong Gompa of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately
73 km from the town of Leh. Built by the great Lama Tsultim Nima, it
dates back to the year 1831. Approximately 40 monks reside in the Rizong
Gompa of Ladakh, which belongs to the Tsongkhapa Order.
The village of Sani is situated as a distance of approximately 6 km to
the west of the Padum valley, on the road to Kargil. The major tourist
attraction of Sani in Ladakh is its monastery. The castle like monastery
is built on level ground, unlike any other monastery of this area.
Sankar Gompa is located to the north of the town center and belongs to
the Gelukpa order. The monastery houses a striking image of the Buddhist
deity Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig, with thousand arms and
King Deldon Namgyal got the two-story Shey Gompa constructed in the
year 1655, in the memory of his father. One of the highlights of the
monastery is a two-story high image of the seated Buddha.
The Spituk Monastery of Ladakh is situated at a distance of
approximately 8 km from the town of Leh. Towering over a conical, the
3-chapel monastery dates back to the 11th century, when it was founded
century by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od.
Founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus, the Stok Gompa of Ladakh dates back to
the 14th century. It is a subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa and belongs to
the yellow-hat sect of Buddhism. The entrance verandah of the monastery
is adorned with colorful murals of the Guardians of the Four Directions.
The Stongdey Monastery of Ladakh is situated at a distance of
approximately 18 km to the north of Padum, on the road to Zangla. Lama
Lhodak Marpa Choski Lodos founded this monastery in the year 1052.