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4 Serene Monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is filled Buddhist relics. In fact, Buddhism was always an important part of the Kashmiri culture and it is one of the most important cities when it comes to development of Buddhism. It is generally believed that Buddhism was dominant from the time of Emperor Asoka. Even, while traveling through the state, one can admire the Buddhist architecture and carvings. The carvings on the life of Buddha are common on most of the architecture. Resident monks maintain these monasteries while other are left to the care of nature. Let’s explore some of the most undoubtedly the most beautiful in Jammu and Kashmir.

Diskit Monastery
It is also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa and is the oldest and largest Monastery in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh. It is almost around 350 years old. It was contructed during the 14th century by Changzem Tserab Zangpo. The most unique attraction of this monastery is the gigantic statue of Lord Buddha on the top of it and it was inaugurated by the well-known holy priest Dalai Lama is the key attraction among a number of tourists across the globe. The best time to visit this place is from July to September.4 Serene Monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir

4 Serene Monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir

Kursha Monastery
Also known as Karsha Gompa is in the Padum Valley of the Zanskar region of the Jammu and Kashmir. It is the largest monastery in Zanskar. It was founded by the translator, Phagspa Shesrab. The Doda River flows past the monastery from its source at the Drang Drung glacier of the Pensi La. It is under control of the younger brother of the Dalai Lama. Devoted to the worship of Padmasambhava, the temple has many shrines of other gods and goddesses.

4 Serene Monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir

Likir Monastery
It is in Ladakh, Northern India. It is picturesquely situated on a little hill in the valley, in Likir village near the Indus River about 9.5 kilometres (5.9 mi) north of the Srinigar to Leh highway.
Although Likir is relatively isolated, it was once on a major trade route which travelled via Tingmosgang and Hemis. The monastery has a 75 ft tall gilded statue of a seated Maitreya. Interestingly, the monastery is also built like a fort to protect it during the days of power struggle in the surrounding regions.

4 Serene Monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir

Alchi Monastery
Alchi Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, known more as a monastic complex of temples in Alchi village in the Leh District. It is among the oldest and most beautiful monasteries in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The monastery has beautiful paintings on the inside that reflect both Buddhist and Hindu influences. The monastery consists of various structures such as the assembly hall, Sumtseg structures, temples and Chortens. Large statues of Lord Buddha are also noteworthy.

4 Serene Monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir

So these are some of the incredibly beautiful monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir and definitely worth a visit!