Stok Palace & Hundur Monastery

Stok Palace Monastery

stockStok Palace Monastery is 15 Kms South of Leh at the West Bank of river Indus is the Royal Palace dating from the 1840s when the invading Dogra forces deposed the king of Ladakh. The Palace is a rambling building where only a dozen of the 80 rooms are used. The Palace Museum (3 rooms) is worth visiting. It is a show piece for the royal thankas (many 400 years old), crown jewels, dresses, coins, peraks encrusted with turquoise and lapis lazuli as well as religious objects. The monastery founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus in 14th century, a short distance away, has some ritual dance- mask (Guru Tseschu) held on the 9th and 10 th day of the Ist month of Tibetan calendar.

The Diskit & Hundur Gompas

The Diskit & Hundur Gompas of Ladakh are situated in the Nubra Valley of the Ladakh region. Built by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong-kha-pa, the Diskit Gompa dates back to the 14th century. There is a legend attached to this monastery. It goes that a Mongol demon, a sworn enemy of Buddhism, was annihilated near the monastery. However, his lifeless body kept coming back there again and again. It is further said that the wrinkled head and hand of the demon are still kept there in a dark and claustrophobic temple, packed with fierce Gods and Goddesses.

Near the Diskit And Hundur Monastery of Leh Ladakh and a little higher up the hill is Lachung Temple. The oldest temple there, it houses a huge Tsong-kha-pa statue topped with a Gelugpa yellow hat. Situated in the center of the Diskit Gompa in Ladakh, there is a raised cupola adorned with a mural depicting Tibet’s Tashilhunpo Gompa. The other shrines there are Kangyu-lang and Tsangyu-lang. These temples serve as the storehouse for hundreds of Mongolian and Tibetan texts. The Hundur Gompa in Ladakh is situated just below the main road, near the bridge.