The impressive monasteries of Ladakh

Surrounded by the Himalayas, Ladakh It is a picturesque mountainous city worth visiting. The region is dotted with numerous Gompas and monasteries, which have preserved the cultural richness of the Buddhist sect. These monasteries are the residences of many monks buddhist. The most popular are:

- Hemis Gompa
Built in 1630, Hemis is the largest monastery in Ladakh. Tourists are "lost" with the beautiful paintings inside. The monastery is proud to have the largest Thangka painting in Ladakh, measuring 12 meters. Hemis Gompa is very popular because Hemis Gompa is celebrated there, which is held every 12 years. The dances of masks of many colors are the protagonists of this party.

- Sankar Gompa
The monastery is located 2 km from the city center. Gelukpa monks are the residents of this monastery. Visitors can take a look at the huge figure of the Buddha that dominates the place.

- Shanti Gompa
This temple was built by a Japanese Buddhist organization to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism. The impressive structure features a large white dome that illuminates with bright lights when night falls.

- Shey Monastery
Shey Monastery is located on a hill, at a distance of 15 kilometers from Leh. In it, there is a 12 meter high gold-plated statue representing Sakyammnui Buddha.

- Spituk Monastery
It is also located on a hill, overlooking the Indus River. It is famous for preserving a rich collection of Buddhist objects.

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