Location: At a distance of about 25 km from the town of Leh lies the Stakna Monastery, on the left side of Indus River. This Buddhist monastery always remains on the tourist’s must visit list.
Description: Stakna monastery was established in 16th century by Chosje Jamyang Palkar, a Bhutanese saint and scholar. Literally Stakna means “tiger nose” and it was named so after the shape of the hill upon which it was constructed. Monks belonging to red hat sect of Buddhism reside in this monastery. Inside the shrine, image of Arya Avalokitesvara welcomes its visitors. A delight to look at, this monastery displays the cultural as well as the religious heritage of Buddhism in India. A museum is also present in this monastery which boasts of a huge collection of weapons. Smaller sub-shrines enclosing the area, house sandalwood statues, which are more than 400 hundred years old.
Activities: From the monastery’s roof, tourists can have a marvelous view of the valley and Indus River. Beautiful view of the snow capped mountains welcomes the visitors. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy themselves amongst the serene ambiance and scenic view that the place has to offer. So remember to visit this shrine to seek Lord Buddha’s blessings.