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Ladakh has almost become synonymous with Buddhism. The spirituality and peacefulness associated with the religion has seeped into the lifestyle of the people of this land. Here is some places of worship, which is a must see in Ladakh.

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Places of Worship in Ladakh

Sadhu in  Kathmandu
Ladakh is known for its Striking landscapes and Buddhist monasteries. The frescos and other architectural features of the monasteries are the trademark of ladakh. Leh is the capital of this region since the 17th century. Not far from Leh, Shey is the oldest capital of Ladakh from where its earliest Tibetan kings ruled.

Places of Worship in Ladakh

Thiksay Monastery:
Upstream of the Indus from Leh is the monastery of Thiksay. It is a distance of 17 km. It is the most famous monastery with amazing architectural details. It is known for its beautiful frescos.

Buddhist Gompas:
Buddhist monastries and gompas are repositories of Buddhist images and artifacts and the fountainhead of Mahayana Buddhism. Hemis is the biggest Gompa of Ladakh, was established by king Singe Namgyal in the 17th century. It is famous for its magnificent summer festival, which the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. The largest thangka in Ladakh is to be found here. It is unfolded only once every 12 years.

Jamia Mosque:
This mosque is located in the heart of Leh Bazaar; this historic mosque was built during the 17th century.

Moravian Church:
Moravian missionaries built this church during the 19th century.

Among the famous historic gompas are Stakna, located at a distance of 25 km, Chemrey, Takthok and Matho located at a distance of 50 km and 26 km respectively. The Takthok monastery incorporates a cave associated with the journey of Padmasambhava to Tibet. Matho is famous for the two oracles who make a public appearance during the annual festival.

Downriver fronm Leh are the monasteries of Spituk at a distance of 7 km, Phyang at 17 km, Likir at 53 km, Alchi at 69 km, Ridzong at 73 km and Lamayuru. Alchi, known as Chhos-Kor (religious conclave), dates to the 11th century and its five temples have exquisite murals of the Ajanta genre.

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