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Spituk Monastery, Leh

(4.1/5 based on 180 reviews on the web)
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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  • It's a great place, peaceful, interesting, loveable people. It's a beautiful place, we have many - and we had luck, H.H. the Dalai Lama passed the same day. Everyone was celebrating.
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  • One of the closer gompas to Leh town with lovely views down the valley. Do climb all the way up to the top and visit the small shrine  more »
  • One of the better monasteries to visit and see the culture for yourself. Excellent to view on a sunny day.  more »