Ladakh is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir with Leh as its capital. This region is known for its profound religious values, and it has a number of monasteries also. These monasteries depict the fine architecture of the Tibetan and the Indian styles. Over the years, these monasteries have become places of tourist interest and are thronged by international and domestic visitors all round the year. Some of the famous monasteries of this place are the Spituk Monastery, Lamayuru Monastery, Shey Monastery and Zongkhul Monastery. Another famous monastery of this place is the Likir Monastery, which is one of the prime attractions of this place. You can plan a Leh Ladakh tour with your friends and family for a trip to this monastery.
This monastery is located on the Srinagar-Leh national highway near the village of Saspol and belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Lhachen Gyalpo, the fifth king of Ladakh, presented the land of this site to Lama Duwang Chosje, who was an avid practitioner of meditation. Thus, the Lama blessed this land with the construction of this monastery in the year 1065 AD. Initially, it was under the Kadampa sect but its association was changed with the Gelugpa Order.
The Likir Monastery was destroyed in a fire and was later reconstructed in the 18th century. This gompa houses three clay images of different forms of Lord Buddha that are Sakyamuni, Marme Zat and Maitreya. Murals of Mahakala and Yamantaka (forms of Buddha) are also present inside this monastery. An impressive repository containing old manuscripts, religious documents and domestic costumes is also present in this monastery. Many beautiful chortens having statues of Amitabha and Avalokitesvara adorn the entrance of this monastery. The Likir Festival is celebrated in premises of this monastery on the 12th month of the Tibetan calender every year. You can avail various packages on travel portals to reach Leh Ladakh, which is one of the top holiday destinations in India to visit this monastery.