Diskit Monastery also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh, northern India. It belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The Diskit monastery was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo in the 14th century, and at present stands atop a hill above the plains of Shayok river. The prime attraction of the Diskit monastery is 100 foot high Maitreya Buddha statue, which was inaugurated by the holy Dalai Lama. From the top of the Gompa, where the divine statue is settled, one can have a panoramic view of the Nubra valley. Besides the Buddha statue, other attractions to ponder over in the Diskit monastery are the ancient murals and frescoes.
It's a brilliant jumble of Tibetan-style box buildings piled higgledy-piggledy up a steep, rocky peak that ends in a toe-curlingly vertical chasm. At the back right-hand corner of the atmospheric gonkhang guardian spirits' temple, a white six-armed deity statue clasps a withered forearm and a human skull, supposedly body parts of a Mongol warrior who mysteriously dropped dead when attempting to seize the monastery.