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. To visit Spituk Monastery and get the most from your holiday in Leh, create itinerary details personal to you using our Leh vacation maker site .
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  • We had visited Spituk Gompa which is located close to the Hall of Fame museum during our vacation in Leh. From the parking lot, one has to climb a flight of steep steps to reach the top where the Gomp...  more »
  • If you have just 45 minutes or so to spare, you can make a stop at Spituk which is very close to the airport. Other monasteries in Leh may have a little more attraction, but this one is close to the c...  more »
  • Spituk Monastery overlooks the Leh Airport so is easily accessible by taxi from the city/Main Market. The views of the village, fields and the river are superb, The monastery itself is worth exploring...  more »

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