Monasteries to Explore While on Ladakh Holidays

Located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is famous for its thousands of years-old culture, and unmatchable natural beauty. A large number of travellers come to this scenic expanse, which is characterised by alluring landscapes like pristine lakes. This desert plateau is also home to some of the highest motorable passes on earth. Another thing unique to it as far as India is concerned is the double-humped Bactrian camels, found along the banks of the Nubra River. Being home to numerous monasteries or gompas has earned Ladakh the title, the land of monasteries. Three of the most famous such places that tourists can visit during their Ladakh holidays are described below:

 

Alchi Monastery

Alchi Monastery is nestled in a small village, called Alchi, which is around 40 km from Leh. Situated on the banks of the Indus River, it is believed to have been built one thousand years ago. It is different from other monastic sites in a way that unlike others that are built on hilltops, it is based on flat ground. There are five shrines in the complex, and one of the walls here has a thousand miniature paintings of Lord Buddha. While exploring the gompa with Ladakh holiday packages, people can see various temples like Vairocana Lhakhang, Jamyang Lhakhang, Lotsava Lhakhang and Sumtseg. Near the monastery are small restaurants and souvenir shops, where vendors welcome tourists with open arms.

 

Likir Gompa

Likir Monastery is strikingly perched on a hill in Likir village. The fifth king of Ladakh, Lhachen Gyalpo, offered land to Lama Duwang Chosje, who blessed it with a gompa. One of the assembly halls here contains idols of Bodhisattvas, Amitabha, Sakyamuni, Maitreya and Je Tsongkhapa. It also has an interesting collection of precious thangkas, earthen pots and old manuscripts. The main highlight of this place is an approximately 75-feet high gold statue of Maitreya Buddha, perched on its roof. In the month of February, the Dosmoche Festival is celebrated here, wherein vacationers can witness colourful and energetic mask dances.

 

Hemis Monastery

Founded in the late 17th century, Hemis gompa is known to be one of the biggest and the richest among all such sites in the region. The assembly hall or dukhang of the monastery has a statue of Padmasambhava, who is one of the most revered deities in Tibetan Buddhism. Some incredible things to see at the site during Ladakh holidays are sacred thangkas or scroll paintings, religious artefacts, stupas made of gold, and copper statues of Lord Buddha. The walls around the courtyard are painted with vibrant colours and depict the Buddhist Kalachakra. It also has a library, where Tibetan books can be read by those, who know the language. Every year, the Hemis Festival is organised in the courtyard to celebrate the birthday of Padmasambhava.

 

By paying a visit to the three above-mentioned Buddhist centres with Ladakh Holiday Packages, travellers will not only get to see ornate sculptures and paintings, but also find immense tranquillity.

 

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