treks category: Monastery Tours

Shey, Thiksey, Chemrey, Takthok Monasteries

Driving east along the Indus Valley, Shey and Thiksey monasteries are about 30 minutes from Leh. Chemrey and Takthok monasteries lie on the road from Karu to Pangong Lake about one hour from Leh.

Shey Monastery, about 15km south of Leh in the ancient capital of Ladakh was built in the memory of King Sengge Namgyal by his son Deldan Namgyal in 1633 CE. The huge statue of Buddha Sakyamuni,...
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Stakna, Hemis, Matho, Stok Monasteries

These monasteries all lie on the south side of the Indus River. Hemis is about one hour from Leh by jeep and is the furthest away. Stakna and Matho lie about halfway between Leh and Hemis. Stok is a short drive across the Indus from Leh.

Stakna Monastery is on the bank of the Indus River about y 25 km from Leh. The monastery was founded around 1580 AD as one of the many religious estates...
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Spituk, Sankar, Shanti Stupa, and Leh Palace

The monasteries, stupa and palace are all located close to Leh. Spituk monastery is a 20 minute drive away while Sankar, Shanti stupa and Leh Palace are all within easy walking distance of the central part of Leh.

Od-de established the monastic community at Spituk in the 11th century. Spituk is approximately 8 km from Leh. Originally the monastery was under the Kadampa School, but now...
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Phyang, Basgo, Likir Monastery and Alchi Monastery

These monasteries all lie west of Leh along the Indus river and its tributaries. Phyang is about one hour by jeep in the next major valley; Basgo is on the main road to Kargil about two hours drive from Leh; Likir lies about 30 minutes further from Basgo; and Alchi is about 45 minutes drive from Likir. You could visit Phyang and Basgo in the morning, have lunch at Likir and visit Alchi in the afternoon...
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Likir, Alchi, Rizong and Lamayuru Monasteries

These monasteries all lie west of Leh.

It takes about 4 hours to drive to Lamayuru, so the best plan may be to make an early start and drive directly to Lamayuru then visit Alchi in the early afternoon, and Rizong and Likir in the late afternoon.

This will be a long day because of the distance to cover and the need to allow an hour at least to visit the monasteries to do them...
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