The Leh Palace is a 17th-century royal palace and one of the central attractions in Leh. Built under the patronage of King Sengge Namgyal, his family lived here. The nine storeyed Dun-coloured palace now has a museum and a prayer hall, while the main attraction is the extensive view of Leh and the surrounding Zanskar Mountains from the terrace.
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa makes Founded in early 15th century, Namgyal Tsemo monastery in Leh in Ladakh is renowned for its three-storey high solid gold idol of Maitrieya Buddha. Situated on a mountain top behind the Leh palace, the monastery offers panoramic views of the surrounding ountryside, the gently flowing Indus River and the snowcapped peaks of Zanskar range. As a mark of his respect to Buddhism, the king Namgyal Tsemo built the monastery above his palace. Situated at the cliff of Namgyal hill, its architecture is impressive. View of Leh from the gompa is breathtaking as the view changes with light.
The Likir Monastery is one of the oldest and well maintained monasteries in Ladakh district in Jammu and Kashmir. The main attraction of Likir Monastery is the 75 ft high gold gilded statue of Maitreya Buddha. Likir’s structure has a hierarchy wherein the top of the hill has the main temple and the head lama’s residence, followed by other monk’s residence a little downhill and finally the village quarters at the foothill.
Sankar Monastery is at a walk of around 40 minutes from Leh. It has immense religious significance for the followers of Buddhism, as it’s also the seat of Rinpoche, a high-ranking official of a Buddhist sect.
The monastery is dedicated to Goddess Tara and has a 1000 arm idol of hers. It also houses a library. A two-storey structure. Read More…