Founded in early 15th century, Namgyal Tsemo monastery in Leh in Ladakh is well-known for its three-storey high hard gold idol of Maitrieya Buddha. Located on a mountain top at the back the Leh palace, the monastery offers beautiful views of the surrounding country side, the gently flowing Indus river and the snowcapped peaks of “Zanskar range”. View of Leh from the gompa is wonderful as the sight change with light. The monastery is a favourite with photographers too.
The gompa was found by “King Tashi Namgyal in 1430 AD” who was a big admirer of Buddhism. As a mark of his admiration to Buddhism, the king build the monastery above his palace. Located at the cliff of Namgyal hill and its structural design is impressive.
Things to do near Namgyal tsemo Compa
- Leh Royal Palace
- Ju-Leh Adventure
- Jama Masjid – Leh
- Shanti Stupa
- Leh Post Office
- Zanskar ArtsVenture Ladakh
- Monastery Circuit
- Ladakh Bike Rental
- Voygr Expeditions
- Himalayan Pashmina Shawls
- Greater Ladakh Tour & Travel
- The Lehchen Restrobar
- Hall of Fame
- Art of bicycle trips – Day tours
- Prayer Wheel
- Hazara Arts
- Library Road Vegetable Market
- Yama Adventures, Leh, Ladakh
Leh Royal Palace
Leh Palace is a earlier royal palace over looking the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh. Modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the fortress was build by “King Sengge Namgyal” in the 17 th century. It is nine storeys high, the upper floors contain the royal family, while the lower floors held stable and store rooms.
Shanti Stupa was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist whose named “Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura”.It is placed on a hilltop in Chanspa of Leh district in Ladakh, in the north Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. “Shanti Stupa” as know Buddhist white domed stupa. It holds the leftovers of the Buddha at its base and enshrine by the 14th Dalai Lama himself.
Best time to visit Namgyal tsemo Compa
The best season to visit the Namgyal tsemo Compa is between “June and September” as rest of the months, highways are snowbound and the area becomes inaccessible.
How to reach Leh Palace
By Air : Leh is linked by air from Delhi, it takes approximately 65 minutes to reach Leh from Delhi.
By rail : By rail either yo get down at Kalka and head to Shimla and take the Manali route oryou can travel to Jammu and take the Srinagar route to Leh.
By Road : Srinagar to Leh you will cross the high “Zoji La Pass”, travel past Mulbek where there is a giant image of the Maitreya Buddha.