Famous as Travellers Mecca, many of the backpackers and travel enthusiasts like you are aware of Ladakh only by its gurgling lakes, pristine valleys, towering mountain passes, cobalt blue skies, and camping places. Sure, this famous backpacker destination is no doubt, is also the best place to enjoy motorbike tours in the mountains. But, do you know that apart from its image of the highest motorable roads or passes, a trip to Ladakh is incomplete without visiting some amazing monasteries in Ladakh?

Yes, it’s true! Fabled with plenty of shimmering monasteries, Ladakh is a place that has a strong heavy influence of Buddhist as well as Tibetan culture. And there is no better way to experience the Tibetian vibes, their myths, their chanting mantra’s, than taking a full guided tour to monasteries in Ladakh.

Here in this list, we have summed up a few of those Ladakh monasteries that demands a visit in the next time you’ll head to Ladakh. Do remember that these monasteries in Ladakh will provoke the divine side in you!

  1. Diskit Monastery

Residing at the Nubra Valley, it is the oldest and largest monastery on the market. If you visit Diskit Monastery, then it’s possible to get to see a big drum and statue of Crowned Buddha (Cho Rinpoche) from the prayer hall. In addition, you can view Tibetan and Mongolians writings that are kept well preserved from the storehouse of its premises.

  1. Hemis Monastery

Were you aware Hemis Monastery is the biggest monastery in Ladakh? Yes, that is true. It’s located about 45 kilometers from Leh in its own South-Eastern direction. If you would like to see this monastery, we insist you do this through June-July because the that’s the very best time to see Ladakh and one has to watch the parties and performances in Hemis Festival.

The monastery is polished in this festival. It’s possible to observe the masked dance throughout the Hemis Festival that’s named Padmasambhava. In case you’ve got a love for your art, there’s loads of it. There’s little doubt about it as well. The design is so magnificent that you will not have the ability to resist yourself by gazing it for quite a while.

  1. Thiksey Monastery

Home to 120 monks, Thiksey Monastery, is the largest Monastery in Central Leh. Perched at an altitude of 3600 meters, Thiksey Monastery includes a temple of Maitreya to commemorate the visit of Dalai Lama IV. It situated at a small distance of 20 kilometers from town Leh.

  1. Lamayuru Monastery

Residing at the moonland in the world, Lamayuru is among the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. You could be considering the period of Moonland in the world? Yes, Lamayuru has situated around 125 km from the capital town, Leh on NH1D pushing towards Srinagar. Being home to over 400 monks, it had been set in the 11th century. If you’re somebody who’s searching for serenity, divinity, relaxation, and organic attractiveness, Lamayuru Monastery is the location you need to see. There’s a two day, Yurukabgyat festival that you need to see during June. It’ll be a cure for you!

  1. Spituk Monastery

This religious monastery is about 8 kilometers from the main Leh city. This monastery provides a comprehensive view of Indus River which occupies tens of thousands of backpackers each year.

The significant benefit of seeing Spituk Monastery is that there’s a giant statue of Goddess Kali, which can be visible only through the Spituk Festival. In addition to this, guests may live their background knowledge since there are an exceptional collection of ancient masks, antique arms, and nice thangas.

Are you looking to visit more monasteries on your Ladakh tour package? If yes, then Go2Ladakh have some amazing Ladakh tours which are specifically designed for the travellers, who want to witness the cultural side of Ladakh.

All of our Ladakh trips are curated by experts and with a touch of localized knowledge, our Ladakh tours are all inclusive with a local Ladakhi guide, so that you won’t miss any aspect of Ladakh beauty!


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