Namgyal Tsemo Monastery in Leh

Hike up the craggy rocks to visit this historic monastery

Hike up the craggy rocks to visit this historic monastery | Photo credit: Wikimediacommons/Ranzen

Namgyal Tsemo Monastery Overview

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"Namgyal Tsemo Monastery is a significant Buddhist shrine, perched atop a rocky crag behind the ancient royal palace of Leh. This monastery was built during the early years of the 15th century, somewhere around AD 1430. It attributes its name to King Tashi Namgyal, who established it in order to guard the valley and the Namgyal dynasty against evil spirits by pleasing the guardian deity.

Although the gompa is in ruins now, its brick red colour still manages to make it look impressive. The highlight of this monastery is the three-storey high statue of Maitreya Buddha, carved in gold. Imposing idols of Avalokitesvara and Manjushri are also present within this shrine. Several ancient manuscripts and beautiful paintings are well-preserved here."

  • Opening Closing Time 07:00 am – 09:00 am
    05:00 pm – 08:00 pm
    Open all days

  • Photo Opp

    As Namgyal Tsemo Monastery is nestled atop a hillock, it offers some fabulous vistas of the low-lying town and surrounding mountains. This is the reason why it is a perfect venue for clicking some splendid snapshots.
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 20 per Person

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Namgyal Hill, Leh, 194101, Jammu and Kashmir