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“sunset view” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Stakna Monastery

Stakna Monastery
5 Km From Main City, Leh, India
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Ranked #3 of 44 Attractions in Leh
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Hyderabad, India
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“sunset view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

try to be there before sunset as it is a spectacular scene to look at where you have a stream flowing across.

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“A Little Gem on the 'Tiger's Nose'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Crowning a small hillock on the right bank of the River Indus in Ladakh, Stakna Monastery or Gompa is easily accessible by road about 25 km from the town of Leh. Small but visually impressive, Stakna Monastery looms impressively just 800m across the Indus from Km449 (where Leh–Thiksey buses terminate), though the gompa’s winding access road adds another 900m. The narrow suspension bridge is just wide enough for small taxi-vans.

The name, 'Stakna' literally means 'tiger's nose'. The monastery was so named because the outcrop on which it stands is shaped like a tiger's nose.

Stakna belongs to the Drugpa Buddhist sect and was founded by Chosje Jamyang Palkar in 16th century, the great scholar saint of Bhutan. Inside the Gompa, four rooms with vivid new Tantric murals are worth a visit. Behind the main prayer hall, smaller shrines which still has the 400+ year old sandalwood statues, original frescoes and statuettes of the Bhutanese lamas who founded the monastery. Climb to Stakna's roof to get a fantastic 360-degree breathtaking view of the Indus valley including the view of the Thiksey Monastery.

Visited June 2011

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