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Namgyal Tsemo Monastery

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Address: Near Leh Market, Leh, India

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Monastery with a fantastic aerial view

Climbed up the steep mud path to the high monastery perched on a hill above Leh. Alternatively, there is a road going right up from the town. If this is your second day in Leh... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
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Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
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Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Climbed up the steep mud path to the high monastery perched on a hill above Leh. Alternatively, there is a road going right up from the town. If this is your second day in Leh, and would like to take an acclimatization walk, do this! Take it slow, and do not rush. The climb from the market also takes you... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

One can either take a taxi to this place or climb up the slope. Since we didn't want to exert ourself (to avoid AMS), we went there by cab. Very few visitors and the place was very quiet. It's so peaceful. The views on to the left from the entrance are too good.

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

In a wonderful natural setting, this beautiful monastery truly welcomes the visitors like few places do. There we found a community of monks whose joy of life is reflected in the way they greet "foreigners" with broad smiles and genuine chats. The temples in the compound host precious paintings and shrines, a magic venue for contemplation and meditation. The museum... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This Leh landmark is visible from nearly every point of the valley and could be easily taken for granted. Don't let it happen! Go early in the morning if you plan to catch open monastery and take an early evening hike up the trail if you prefer peaceful and quiet romance of the sunset. But no matter when you go,... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We arrived there by car. But it is possible to walk on a dusty trail from foothill to hilltop where the monastery is located. Unfortunately, all temples there were closed at the time we visited. The monastery is almost opposite to Shanti Stupa.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Walk up from the town for the ultimate experience. The monastery rooms are locked but the crumbly fort above it is wonderful. Walk around the wooden balcony before scrambling up strategically placed ladders for a view from the upper reaches. On the way back follow the prayer flags to the promontory where they are clustered. You'll get a super distant... More 

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Ghaziabad, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The Namagyal Tsemo fort is omnipresent in Leh visible from everywhere in Leh. Towering above the more recent Leh palace, it once served as the royal residence of the Namgyal dynasty. It is flanked by two gompas below. Namgyal Tsemo monastery is renowned for its three-storey high solid gold idol of Maitrieya Buddha. The monastery offers panoramic views of the... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

It has a brilliant view and is a very serene place to visit. The monastery itself is very peaceful and is a nice place to go and sit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

A good walk from Leh up the hill beyond the Leh Palace. Good for your second day to help adjust to altitude. Amazing views of leh valley and the majestic mountains all around.

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

After a short walk you can reach this gompa, from both sides following the steps in its north side or following the way up to the Leh Palace. Is a very small monastery but is worth the stroll up there to enjoy the amazing views of Stok Kangri and relax for a while. If you want to visit the castle... More 

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