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“Peaceful and with beautiful views” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Phyang Monastery

Phyang Monastery
Leh Srinagar Highway, Leh, India
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Ranked #21 of 44 Attractions in Leh
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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“Peaceful and with beautiful views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

The silence in the main shrine was quite extraordinary. There are also some interesting paintings and the views from the roof are beautiful: in front down the valley, and across the Indus to the Zanskar Range and the peak of Stok Kangri; behind to the peaceful barley fields.

Visited August 2013
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“Nice, but similar to others”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Phyang monastery is very similar to other monasteries in Ladakh, but it is very picturesquely perched on a hilltop, and is close to Leh if you can hire a taxi, so it is good to visit. Although at least 100 monks belong to the institution, almost all of them are posted away at Dehra Dun, so there are usually only two caretakers keeping the keys and opening rooms for tourists, which gives it a lonely abandoned feel. There are several rooms to see and all are different and beautiful, except the dark one that is different and spooky. The view from the gonpa, of the village spread out is gorgeous.

The monastery festival in July is packed with tourists. I didn't like it but I can see why some would enjoy the spectacle of it.

Visited July 2012
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Dehradun, India
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“monastery belongs Dri-gung-pa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Phyang monastery is located 17 km west from Leh in Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir in north India. Phyang and Lamayuru are the only monasteries in Ladakh that belong to Dri-gung-pa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
The name Phyang was derived from Gang Ngonpo that means the blue mountain, which is situated behind the monastery. According to legend, foundation of the monastery was laid by Denma Kunga Drakpa.
It is said that Drakpa stayed at the area in a tented camp to contemplate the beauty of the place. While meditating he saw the protectresss Achi on her blue horse. He took the dream as auspicious sign and decided to construct the monastery at the top of the hill.
It is also said that there were numerous monastic properties at the site which were offered to Denma Kunga Drakpa by the Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgyal. It was also the venue of Tashi Chozong monastery established in 1515.
But to trace the sequence of Phyang monastery’s establishment is difficult as some events are not mentioned clearly. The monastery is known for its ancient wall paintings, collections of old thangkas and murals of Mahakala.
The monastery is home to 100 monks. The monastery also houses a school to impart training in Buddhism along with modern education.
There is an old temple of Mahakala (the Gomkhang) which was built at the time of the foundation of monastery. There is a museum in the monastery that has 900-year-old collections of idols, scriptures, Chinese, Tibetan and Mongolian firearms and weapons.
The Phyang monastery festival attracts large number of tourists. Dance, music and mask dance are high point of the event. The Cham dance by the lamas is quite spectacular to watch.

Visited June 2012
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“Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

The lama staying there was very helpful.He took us to all the attrctions & gave information.It was the 1st Monastery we visited in Leh,hence was novel but then you visit so many & the novelty is lost

Visited June 2012
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“must see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

beautiful monument must visit the place for new comers to experience the best peaceful atmosphere also good for a spiritual people

Visited August 2011
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