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Chemrey Monastery, Leh Ladakh Overview

Chemrey Monastery, a 400-year-old yet unexplored Buddhist monastery, is located approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of Leh in northern India. The major highlight of this grand edifice is the high statue of Padmasambhava. The other notable item at Chemrey Gompa is the huge collection of ancient scriptures with the text emboldened in gold letters with the titles in silver. The two major highlights, along with the dazzling view of the surrounding areas make Chemrey Monastery a well-known and visited attraction in Leh Ladakh region. The site is frequented by nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.

It belongs to the Drugpa monastic order and was founded by the Lama Tagsang Raschen and dedicated to King Sengge Namgyal in 1664. The grand edifice houses shrines, two prayer halls, and a Lama temple. The transfixing Chemrey Monastery is also popular for the Chemrey Angchok, which is a sacred dance festival, held on the 28th and 29th day of the ninth month of Tibetan calendar. During this time, the monastery decorated with colourful flags attracts tourists from all over.

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