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

Entry Fees : INR 30

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Sankar Monastery

Sankar Gompa, Leh Ladakh Overview

Sankar Gompa or Sankar Monastery is a beautiful Buddhist monastery located 6 km from Leh. Traditionally believed to be a subsidiary of Spituk Monastery, it serves as the residence of the Abbot of Spituk, the senior incarnate lama of Ladakh, making it an important religious site. The main attraction is the statue of Avalokitesvara with 1000 arms and heads.

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. The view of Namgyal Tsemo Hills from the monastery is breathtaking. The monastery itself looks resplendent when lit up at night.

The Sankar Gompa is the residence of 20 monks who stay and learn the culture of Buddhism. So, 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. 

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. Many people also opt to reach the monastery on foot from Leh, exploring the nearby places on the way.

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