Monasteries that you must visit in  Ladakh

With a major Buddhist settlement, the Leh-Ladakh region has over 20 beautiful monasteries that awe the visitors with their architecture & history

These Ladakh  monasteries are spread across the region - some located high on mountains or hidden in the valleys or right in plain sight

Here are 6 of those must-visit monasteries of Ladakh

Lamayuru Monastery

Alchi Gompa

Thiksey Monastery

Hemis Monastery

Shey Monastery






Diskit Monastery


One of the Oldest

Lamayuru Monastery

Built in the 11th century, this monastery was attacked and re-attacked but each time, it survived and stood strong. 

Home to ancient murals

Alchi Choskor Gompa

An unusual monastery that was lost with time and rediscovered for its ancient murals and exquisite Buddha statues. 

The Richest Ladakh Monastery

Hemis Monastery

Home to the famous Naropa festival and a well-curated museum that has relics and rare scrolls

Thiksey  Monastery

Modelled after the Potala palace of Tibet, Thiksey monastery can be found on the Leh -Pangong stretch. 

The Most Picturesque

Home to the 2nd largest Buddha in Ladakh

Shey Monastery

Part of the erstwhile Shey Palace, the monastery was preserved by the monks and used by the Ladakhi kings to bless their heirs.

Pride of Nubra Valley

Diskit Monastery

Marked by the giant Buddha in Nubra Valley, this is the place to experience morning prayeres