Spituk Monastery, Leh

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Spin a prayer wheel and enjoy fabulous panoramic views at Spituk Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery perched above the Indus Valley. This intensely colored complex cut into the slope of a hill was founded in the 11th century as a model for other monasteries in the area. Housing a number of ancient shrines, idols, frescoes, and scriptures, the monastery's most treasured relic is a "nose-bleed" belonging to the leader of the Yellow Hat sect, who spread Gelug Buddhism. Gain sweeping views of the arabesque-shaped green fields and mud-brick buildings, set against a backdrop of dark brown peaks across the valley. Home to around 100 monks, the temple gets very crowded during festival times. Our Leh travel itinerary planner makes visiting Spituk Monastery and other Leh attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 8, 2017
    When you arrive in Leh, in Ladakh, it is better to start with the monastery in the Valley of the Hindus that in addition to the fact that these are interesting visits, allow to stay at 3000-3500 m and to acclimatize to the altitude. 2 to 3 days to a minimum and avoid to combine the too frequent changes of altitudes: terrible for the evil of the mountains!
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  • July 26, 2017
    This place is more famous for the view of airforce station than anything else. A visit here will mean thrilling to view army aeroplanes fly past. Else, a waste of time.  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    There is Mandar Shani temple in the top floor of the monastery, which is amazing. Unless you visit upto the top you will not know. There are very beautiful flowers on the way.  more »

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