Likir Monastery and Leh

Maitreya Statue – 75 ft high – one of the three big statues at Likir Monastery

On your way further on the Srinagar – Leh Highway NH1D is located the Likir Monastery. Likir Monastery or Likir Gompa (Klud-kyil) is a Buddhist monastery in Ladakh, northern India, located approximately 52 kilometres (32 mi) west of Leh. It is picturesquely situated on a little hill in the valley near the Indus River and the village of Saspol about 9.5 kilometres (5.9 mi) north of the Srinigar to Leh highway. It belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and was established in 1065 by Lama Duwang Chosje, under the command of the fifth king of Ladakh, Lhachen Gyalpo (Lha-chen-rgyal-po).

  • Location : Likir, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashir, India
  • Founded : 1065
  • Type: Tibetan Buddhist
  • Lineage : Ngari Rimpoche
  • No. of Monks: 120
View from Likir Monastery

Breathtaking Landscape.. on way to Likir Monastery
On way to Likir Monastery, Saspol

Further on towards Leh, one will come across a Kargil War memorial, built and maintained by the Indian Army. It lies just West to Leh main city and houses details on the Kargil war along with some major sequences that occurred, from May to July 1999 – the duration of the war. I intend to cover this in a dedicated post soon.

Panaromic view of the Kargil Memorial, Leh
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