Stakna Monastery, Leh

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Stakna Monastery or Stakna Gompa is a Buddhist monastery of the Drugpa sect in Stakna, Leh district, Ladakh, northern India, 21 or 25 kilometres from Leh on the left bank of the Indus River.It was founded in the late 16th century by a Bhutanese scholar and saint, Chosje Jamyang Palkar. The name, literally meaning 'tiger's nose' was given because it was built on a hill shaped like a tiger's nose. Of note is a sacred Arya Avalokitesvara statue from Kamrup, Assam. Stakna has a residence of approximately 30 monks.
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  • A short ride from Leh usually takes about 30-45 mins, the view from the top of the Monastery is absolutely amazing . The Monastery is built on a hill and the road is made up of small and big rocks so ...  more »
  • Stakna Monastery is dramatically perched on a conical outcrop. The sight of it as one approaches is striking and very photogenic. It is a small, compact monastery and has a serene atmosphere. Usually ...  more »
  • The location of this small gompa is just spectacular in a valley of the Indus river surrounded by mountains. The monastery itself was closed when I am there, so I could not see the prayer halls. But a...  more »

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