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Monasteries in Leh Ladakh

Monasteries in Leh Ladakh
Monasteries in Leh Ladakh
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MONASTERIES IN LADAKH
 
 The most attractive feature of the landscape of Ladakh are the Buddhist monasteries situated on the isolated hillock in the vicinity of villages, these aesthetically pleasing, architecturally interesting monasteries provide the focus for the faith of the highly religious Buddhist people. Monasteries are the places of worship, isolated meditation and religious instruction for the young. Many monasteries celebrate their annual festivals in winter, which are marked by  mask dances. Monasteries have a wealth of artefacts, Lamayuru, the oldest religious centre of Ladakh, beats all other in sheer grandeur. In its uniqueness of wood carving, statues and frescoes, Alchi offers the highest rewards. The wealth of its possession and its annual summer festival make Hemis the most popular, while Thiksay rates high in terms of architectural impact and the beauty of the festival performances at Likir and Phyang with their proximity to Leh are great attractions in their favour while the accessibility of the Shey, Spituk and the Sankar monasteries make them suitable for visitors with time at a premium.
 
The approach to the monasteries is lined with mane walls and Chortens. Mane walls are made of votive stones on which prayers and holy figures are inscribed, while Chortens are semi religious shrines or reliquaries, containing relics of holy people or scripts. Besides monasteries, the 9 storey Leh Palace, Stok Palace Museum and the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies Choglamsar, Mosque and Moravian Church at Leh are added attraction for the tourists. Most of these can be conveniently visited from Leh as buses ply daily between Leh and those monasteries. Most of the monasteries remain open throughout the day.
 
1.     THIKSEY MONASTERY
2.     STAKNA MONASTERY
3.     TAKTHOK MONASTERY
4.     HEMIS MONASTERY
5.     MATHO MONASTERY
6.     SPITUK MONASTERY
7.     PHYANG MONASTERY
8.     LEKIR MONASTERY
9.     ALCHI MONASTERY
10.  RIZONG MONASTERY
11.  LAMAYURU MONASTERY
12.  BARDAN MONASTERY
13.  KARSHA MONASTERY
14.  PHUKTAL MONASTERY
15.  RANGDUM MONASTERY
16.  SANI MONASTERY
17.  TONDE MONASTERY
18.  ZANGLA MONASTERY
19.  STONGDE MONASTERY
20.  ZONGKUYL MANASTERY
21.  WANLA MONASTERY
22.  SHY PALACE & MONASTERY
23.  TRESTHANG MONASTERY
24.  STOCK PALACE & MANASTERY
 
 
NATIONAL MONUMENTS IN LADAKH
 
The government of India has declared following historical monuments in Ladakh as national importance under Archaeological Survey of India.

1.     Sculpture at Drass        
2.     Rock Cut Sculpture at Mulbekh.
3.     Lamayuru Monastery.
4.     Likir Monastery.
5.     Alchi Monastery
6.     Phyang Monastery.
7.     Hemis Monastery.
8.     Leh Palace.
9.     Old Castle Tsemo Hill.
10.  Stupa at T- Suru
      11. Shey Palace

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