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“Distinct Diskit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery)

Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery)
Diskit | 34°32′28″N 77°33′37″E, India
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Ranked #21 of 179 Attractions in Kashmir
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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“Distinct Diskit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Diskit village is located about 7 Km prior to the Nubra Valley along the hilly terrain which houses the monastery. As one enters the gate of the monastery, there is a public school to the left followed by two inner roads. One towards the left leads to the prayer hall where the 32 meter high Maitreya Buddha statue stands tall. The sheer volume of the statue speaks for magnificence in itself. The paintings and surrounding arts leaves one bewildered about the capabilities of a human hand.

The road to the right takes us to the monastery. However, reaching the temples within the monastery involves a climb of steep stairs. We did go all the way up to the top of the monastery and were blessed with a magnificent view of the Hunder/ Nubra valley.

The location of the Diskit Monastery is truly superb and offers a grand view of the Nubra Valley. One really needs to stand at the top to truly understand what nature has to offer for us. Anybody with a camera be it a high end DSLR or a simple camera on mobile phones would go crazy to capture the picturesque images.

Any amount of time spent at the monastery would feel less; still to make it all count one could keep aside 1 hour aside to visit this monastery.

Visited August 2013
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“Breathtaking views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

The Diskit Monastery is in the District/town of Diskit in Nubra valley. Apart from religious reasons, the views around this gompa are worth a visit. The climb can be steep and not for anyone who has a problem with the knees. Also the last part of the climb was on uneven stairs and my wife and I gave up and returned since we were not confident of climbing down. This place is a photographers delight. One can turn in any direction and easily find superb photo opportunities. There is a small shop selling drinks and souvenirs. The trip to the tara temple near by is also equally enjoyable.
If you are visiting Diskit, here is a piece of advise - Do not stay in Diskit, stay at Hunder which is just a few minutes drive from Diskit. Hunder has better hotels and the sights and sounds around Hunder are lovely. We stayed at the Karma Inn Hunder.

Visited July 2013
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“Trip to Leh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

On our return from Nubra , we visited this Gompa. A beautiful,peaceful, and a place which is very good for study. All round scenic beauty. The Tankha brought from Tibet are flowing suspended from the ceiling, the story of Buddha, the future Buddha and others.I am not capable to write much about this Monastery, one can always find references on the net,yet I will say experience this place than to read .

Visited June 2013
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“Diskit : Definitely Worth A Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Diskit or Deskit is an ancient monastery, reportedly the oldest in Nubra. It is picturesquely laid out on a hill side in typical architectural style, overlooking the Shyok river valley and the cold desert sands of Nubra. This is affiliated to the Thiksey Monastery of the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhists.

A huge new statue of Maitreya consecrated by HH the Dalai Lama in 2010 can be seen below the monastery overlooking the valley.

Diskit village itself is ancient and exudes atmosphere. The old monastery has two main temples including one dedicated to Goddess Kali. The monastery though quaint, is not well maintained considering its antiquity and heritage status. We saw peeling frescoes on some of the walls, and antique objects just strewn about here and there. Nonetheless it is interesting and worth strolling through, apart from affording fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and valley. The monks are non interfering but will answer your queries if asked. INR30 is currently the entry fee charged.

At the back of the monastery is a very deep gorge with vertical sides. You can still see the old rough hewn steps in the rock going down to the river. In feudal times, the villagers would by rotation, trudge up and down to fetch water for the monks in the monastery.

Several guest houses open for the season in Diskit village, some are very basic, some are comfortable enough with attached bathrooms. You can walk over the sand dunes to Hunder approx. 6km away. Diskit village is quaint with traditional houses interspersed with old chortens and fields.

When coming from Leh, after crossing the 5600m high Khardung La pass, one descends to the Nubra region where one road goes to Panamik and the Siachen glacier. The other comes to Diskit, Hunder, Thoise and ends at Turtuk just before the Pakistan border. Those headed to the more popular Hunder and Turtuk, can easily visit Diskit enroute. It is certainly worth it.

Visited April 2013
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“Must visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Not just the monastery, the place itself gives you a feeling you are in a faraway land. Nubra valley surrounded by high mountains and the chill winds makes your hairs stand up for reasons apart from the cold. The view from atop, where the Maitreya Budha is situated, is stunning. The whole valley can be seen from the there. A stream gushing by, cold desert sand dunes to one, small piny trees along the path of the stream and the entire area locked by mountains. One of the BEST sights ever.

Plan a visit during noon when the sun lights up the whole place. It was almost dusk when we reached, so the view was limited. Try the ride on the double humped camels, run up the sand dunes.

Visited October 2012
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