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Namgyal Tsemo Gompa in Leh

·  Summer: June-September (5°C - 40°C)
·  Winter: October-May(-14°C - 24°C)
·  Monsoon: N/A

Best time to visit:  June-September

Opening Time: 07:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 08:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Nil

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 20
Children:  INR 20
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Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 20
Children:  INR 20
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Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is a Buddhist monastery located on a hillock, just behind the magnificent Leh Palace in the town of Leh. Admiring the striking beauty of the Zanskar Range of snow-clad mountains, Indus River and the entire town, the monastery is famous for its three-storey high Maitreya Buddha statue made in high solid gold. Other key highlights of the place include beautiful frescos and ancient manuscripts.

King Tashi Namgyal, an avid Buddhist follower, founded the monastery way back in 1430. Spectacular architecture and the old world charm make it a wonderful site soaked in immense spirituality. If you plan to access the monastery by hiking, you can have the breathtaking views of the landscapes which keep on changing their colours. Fluttering prayer flags and an old fort in the state of ruins add unique charm to the whole environment. It is worth mentioning that the monastery is open for the visitors for restricted timings during morning and evening.

Road: The monastery is accessible from Manali by Leh-Manali Highway or from Srinagar by Srinagar-Leh Highway, each of which shuts down during winter due to heavy snowfall. During summer, travelling on these roads and enjoying the scenic surroundings is a heart-warming experience.

Railway: Nearest railway stations are at Srinagar (about 435 km. away) and Jammu (about 712 km. away). Taxis can be conveniently hired from these stations to reach the monastery.

Airway: Leh Airport (only about 9 km. away) is connected to the cities like Srinagar, Jammu, Chandigarh and Delhi. Hire a cab or a taxi from the airport to access the monastery.