Stakna Monastery in Leh

Reach the very top for panoramic views of the vistas

Reach the very top for panoramic views of the vistas | Photo credit: Wikimediacommons/Koshy Koshy

Stakna Monastery Overview

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Stakna Monastery is an old Buddhist shrine nestled along the bank of the Indus River. It is perched atop a hill, which is shaped like a tiger's nose (Stakna). It is amongst the several religious estates that were gifted to Chosje Jamyang Palkar – the renowned scholar and saint. Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgyal was the one who offered it in 1580, after inviting the scholar to Ladakh. Out of the several idols and images in the monastery, the most significant one is that of Arya Avalokitesvara from Assam's Kamrup region. Apart from being an important shrine, it is the residence of over 30 Buddhist monks. The monastery is headed by the supposed reincarnation of Stakna Tulku – a revered Lama. The monastic head and monks carry forward the lineage of the Dugpa order of Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Photo Opp

    Lying on the bank of the Indus River, atop a high hillock, this monastery offers some distinct panoramas of nature and far-off regions. These factors make it an ideal place for clicking beautiful photographs.

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Stakna Road, Stakna, Leh, 194201, Jammu and Kashmir