Timings : 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 hours
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Spituk Monastery also called as Spituk Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery in Leh district, having an enchanting view of the Indus Valley below. Located about 18 kms from Leh, Spituk is one of the most dazzling monasteries in Northern India. The monastery currently houses 100 monks and a giant statue of Kali, which is one of the major highlights of this transfixing edifice. Spituk Monastery is considered to be a must-visit site for the followers of Buddhism and also the history buffs.
Known as Pethup Gompa among the locals, the grand monastery was founded by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od when he came to Maryul in the 11th Century. The site was blessed by the Arhat Nyimagung. When Lotsewa Rinchen Zangpo (Translator) came to that place he said that an exemplary religious community would arise there and so the monastery was called Spituk. Spituk Monastery, with its commanding view of the Indus Valley and the surrounding beauty, is often visited by tourists from all across the globe, who come here to see the different idols of Buddha, along with the 5 spectacular Thangka paintings.
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