Leh to lamayuru
Leh to lamayuru is another popular place. Along the Indus River on Leh-Srinagar road, there are many important monasteries can be seen. A minimum of two days are required to visit all the monasteries. Alchi and Lamayuru are wonderful places to halt at night. On the first day spituk, phyang, basgo, likir and Alchi can be visited. At Alchi, you can stay in either Guest house or tents. The next day, Rezong and Lamayuru can be visited, though it’s always better to manage your tours according to you interest, time at hand and convenience
Spituk Monastery is also called as Spituk Gompa. spituk monastery is founded by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od in 11th century. The name “Spituk”, meaning exemplary, has been derived from a statement of a translator, Rinchen Zangpo, about the monastery. He said that an exemplary religious community would develop there, providing the name Spituk for the monastery. This is a Buddhist and oldest monastery in the Ladakh. It is located at 8 kilometers from Leh. The monastery contains 100 monks and a giant statue of Kali.
Architecture of Spituk Monastery
This monastery is famous for its collection of Buddhist objects of antique arms, icon, ancient masks and numerous Thanka paintings, all done in best colors. It is the beautiful monastery and famous for its color and architecture too. The interior design of this monastery is highly influenced by the area where it is built. It has a hall in the centre for meditation and benches for the monks to sit and perform their Prayers and Meditation.
Festivities at Spituk Monastery
Every year the Gustor Festival is held at Spituk from the 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan calendar. The festival is for two days in Spituk monastery (Ladakh). The mask dance is the hallmark of this Spituk which is performed by the monks. The festival is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm. After finishing the two day dance, the prayers start for seven days. This festival ends with the burning of an effigy and the symbolic termination of evils.
How to Reach Spituk Monastery : It is situated at 8km from Leh. You can choose any local transport available there to reach the place.
Phyang Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located in Fiang village.
It is located at the distance of approximately 15 or 16 kilometres to west of Leh, northern India. It was established in 1515. This monastery belongs to the Red Hat Sect of Buddhism.
The main attraction for tourists in Phyang Gompa complex is the 900 years old museum. This museum exhibits a rich collection of numerous idols and thangkas besides variety of weapons and firearms of Chinese, Tibetan and Mongolian origin. In this Monastery, the festival of Gang-Sngon Tsedup is held every year from 17th day to 19th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar. The monastery serves as the venue for the sacred dances held every year on the 2nd and 3rd of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar.
In phyang monastery there are no hotels, resorts or home stays.
Leh is a best option to stay. Since there aren’t too many hotels around the corner, most restaurants and eateries are also located near Leh..
The best time to visit Phyang monastery is between May and September, when the weather remains warm. Most of the entry points to Phyang remain closed after November due to heavy snowfall.
Gurdwara Pathar Sahib:
Gurdwara Shri Pathar Sahib is situated on the Srinagar-Leh Road, 25kms before the Leh. It is very beautiful and it was created in memory of the founder of Sikh religion and the first sikh Guru, Nanak Dev ji. it is a historical place and dedicated to the guru Nanak Dev ji . It is said that Guru Nanak stay here for some time, while returning from Tibet and with his prayers, transformed one demon into a saint. Now this Gurudwara ( a sikh shrine), is maintained by the sikh regiment of the Indian Army. This Gurdwara was built in 1517.
Just seven kms after the Gudwara Pather Sahib, don’t forget to drive on a magnetic Hill. Near the specific board, stop your vehicle, keep it on neutral mode and vehicle will move up the hill on its own for a short distance. It’s both a thrilling and mysterious experience.
Magnetic Hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India.
The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference; in reality, the effect is an optical illusion created by the gravity hill.