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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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  • One of the better monasteries to visit and see the culture for yourself. Excellent to view on a sunny day. 
  • For those of you who are sitting on the right side of the aircraft, provided they land from the West to the East, you will see this monastery just before landing, right. It is a monastery not excessively large and very interesting. Care with them photographs, that the airport in Leh has quality of "ultra-safety" and should be not include the airport in them photos of the monastery.
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  • well maintained monastery, very near from Leh. heritage of age old Mahayana Buddhism is portrayed on the walls.