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Entry Fee : INR 20 per person

Timings : 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sankar Gompa, Leh Ladakh Overview

Sankar Gompa or Sankar Monastery is a beautiful monastery which is located 6 km from Leh, in the main city of Ladakh. Traditionally believed to be a subsidiary of Spituk Monastery, it has the same head or Lama, presiding over it and is also a residence of 20 monks who stay and learn the culture of Buddhism. The Sankar Gompa also serves as the residence of the Abbot of Spituk, the senior incarnate lama of Ladakh, making it an important religious site.

Since the Sankar Monastery is home to various attractions that illustrate the history and the heritage of the traditional building, it is ideal for those people who have a fascination for art and culture. One also gets the privilege to get a view of Namgyal Tsemo Hills from the monastery which makes it even more worthwhile to visit. However, since Sankar Gompa is home to a few monks, the timings of the monastery are restricted and whoever plans to visit the monastery is advised to do proper research with respect to its timings.

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Structure of Sankar Gompa

Surrounded by stone boundary walls, the entrance of the monastery leads to an assembly hall decorated with beautiful sculptures and artefacts depicting the religion of Buddhism. Various paintings of Lord Buddha are also hung on the walls of the hall which are extremely enchanting. There is also a throne that belongs to Chief Lama. The presence of the paintings and the throne radiate positive energy inside the building, thus motivating a person to explore more about the Sankar Gompa. However, the highlight of the monastery is a portrait of Avalokiteshvara, with 11 heads and 1000 arms. Situated on the right side of the throne this portrait is extraordinary and rare, making it unique from other portraits and sculptures in the monastery.

How to Reach Sankar Gompa

A person can take a private vehicle or avail a taxi from Leh to reach Sankar Gompa. The overall journey does not take more than half an hour.

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