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Ladakh

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Basgo Palace

Basgoo "Basgoo Rabtan Chartsekher" West of Leh was built by king Jamyang Namgyal and Singey Namgyal in 16th Century AD. Singey Namgyal made three storey copper guilt of Maitriya Buddha, as a memorial of his father Jamyang Namgyal.

 
Liker Gonpa

Likir (the Naga-Encircled) around 53km west of Leh belongs to the Gelukspa Order. The Alchi Monastery is also a branch of Lekir. Lama Durwang Chosje founded this monastery in 1065 A.D. during the reign of king Lhachen Gyalpo, which was named 'Klu-Khil-GA-Ladan-Dar-Rgyas-Ling' and a monastic festival, Likir Dosmochey takes place on the 28th & 29th day, of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar.


Alchi Choskor

Alchi Choskor "Religious Enclave" is 69 km. west of Leh, the most famous and largest of all the Gonpa built by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. He appointed four families to look after Choskor, as there was no monastic community introduced, then in the 15th century Choskor was taken over by the Lekir Monastery since then Choskor is being taken care of by Lekir Monastery. The monastery comprises of Dukhang (Assembly Hall), Sumtsek Lhakhang (three tier) the Lhakhang Soma (New Temple), Jamyang Lhakhang (Munjushri Temple), Lotsava Lhakhang (Translator Temple) and Kangur Lhakhang. The Sculptors and Wood carvers are said to be brought from Kashmir around in 11th Century.


Rezong Monastery

Rezong "Vuma Changchubling" around 73 kms west of Leh, and north of the Indus River from Uletokpo village. It is beautifully set in a valley, deep inside a gorge and the most isolated monastery in Ladakh. About 137 years ago Lama Tsultim Nima founded this Gonpa and monastic community was introduced with strict rules and regulations. Chulichan the Nunnery place is around one & half kms. further down the monastery, around 20 nuns reside at Chulichan, they provide food and clothes to the monks. Apart from above activities they perform prayers in the morning and evening.

 
Mangyu Monastery

Mangu is situated to the south of Uletokpo and west of Alchi, which is around 2 hours walk from Alcbi, Taking this track, one crosses the by a small Bridge and passing the village, it enters into a deep gorge. Ascending from the right bank of the stream, a half way and it crosses to the left, after sharp turn. After around two and a half hours of walk, the Mangu Villagecomes to sight, picturesquely standing on the foothills, above the ravine. The Mangu Monastery is also constructed on flat land like Alchi and Tabo Monasteries. The great translator Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo probably founded this monastery during the same period as the Alchi Choskor. The monastery comprises of four temples. The smaller temples, on either side of the main temple have a statue of Avaloketesvara and Maitriya in the standing posture. The right side temple has a statue of a four-headed Vairocana, as the main image. The wall has murals of Mandala.


Temisgam Palace

Tingmosang is situated in a valley, to the north of the Indus River and west of Leh, around 92kms. from Leh, which is on the trekking route of Lekir to Khalsey. King Gragspa Bum younger brother of Gragspa Bum-Lde, who was ruling over Sham, built the Tingmosgang Palace. A fortress wall encircles the Palace.


Lamayuru Monastery

The Lamayuru "Yungdrung" Gonpa is remarkably built on a rock, around 125kms. west of Leh, on the Leh Srinagar highway. Lamayuru belongs to the Drigunpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The history of the monastery begins with the visit of Arahat Nimagung to this place, when there was merely a lake here. It is said that Arahat made a prophecy that "a monastery will come up at this spot" and he made offerings (prayer with grains of corn) to the Nagaserpent spirits. The corns mixed with the earth and formed in the shape of Swastika (Yungdrung), later it came to be known as Yungdrung Monastery. The Great Translator Rinchen Zangpo constructed a temple here in eleventh century.

Naropa also visited Lamayuru and meditated here. Gelukspa or Kadampa school of Tibetan Buddhism initially looked after Lamayuru, but later; it was taken over by Digungpa Order. Its monastic festival is called "Yuru Kabgyat", takes place on 17th and 18th of 5th month of the Tibetan Calendar.

Deskit Monastery

Lama Shesrab Zangpo of Stod founded the Deskit Gonpa around 1420 AD during the reign of king Dragspa. Approximately 100 monks reside here. This monastery is a branch of Thiksey Monastery. The monastic festival called Gustor take place on the 20th and 29th of the 12th month of Tibetan Calander.

Korzok Gonpa

The original name of Gonpa is 'Thupstan Sningpo Druprgout Standar Chosling', which was founded between 1851-1861 by Lama Kunga Lodos Snyingbo and sponsored by head of Rupsho Tsering Tashi Namgyal. The main statue in the Gonpa is of Shakyamuni Buddha's, Guru Snang-Sret-Zinlnon, Statue of first incarnation of Stagtsang 'Nawang-gyatso' and copper gilt Opakmed statue.