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Monasteries in Leh, Ladakh

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This wonderful mountainous valley is spotted with enormous monasteries which makes the destination attractive. The monasteries of Leh are rich in collections of Buddhist remnants such as, murals, sculptures, thankas, and scriptures. Many of the monasteries are situated in isolated places and above the hills, which make these monasteries calm, cool and serene. Buddhist gompas are centre to the cultural and architectural delight.

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Likir Monastery is located about 52 Kms away from Leh. It is also known as Klu-Kkhjil. The gompa was founded in the 11th century AD and in the 15th century it was rededicated to another monastic order. Though the earlier gompa was destroyed in fire the new one was built in 18th century. The gumpa encloses large clay idols of Buddha. One can spot some of the ancient manuscripts as well.
 

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Spituk Monastery

This wonderful Gompa is located atop hill near Indus, at 18km distance from Leh. Every year from 17th to 19th days of the 11th month The Spituk festival take place. A huge collection of antique arms, age old masks, images and many thankas are found. If you move upward the hill you can see the Mahakal Temple which contains the temple of Vajrabhairava. The frightening face of Vajrabhairva is opened only during the yearly festival in January.

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