Basgo Monastery,

Basgo Monastery

Location: Basgo monastery is one of the famous Buddhist monasteries and it is located in Basgo in Leh district of Ladakh in northern India. This Buddhist monastery is approximately at a distance of 40 km from Leh, on the way to Nimmu on Leh-Kargil-Srinagar Highway.

Description: Basgo is one of the historical towns and it is situated in Ladakh on the banks of river Indus. A beautiful triple-tiered statue of Maitreya Buddha, which is 75 feet in height, is present in this monastery, which is adorned with beautiful frescos. This structure of this monastery is made of clay and said to be one of the most endangered sites which have now been restored in its original form. Basgo monastery was built during the dynasty of Namgyal rulers in the year 1680 and it is situated on the top of a hill. In Namgyal dynasty, Ladakh was divided into two parts, the lower Ladakh was ruled by king Takpabum from Basgo and upper Ladakh was ruled by King Takbumde from Leh. Basgo is also mentioned in the Ladakhi chronicles when it was a political and cultural center during the Namgyal kingdom of Ladakh.

Activities: This monastery is known for its amazing structure, murals and art form belonging to 16th century. These Basgo clay structures offer amazing views and are absolutely perfect for photography.

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