Location: Also known as Namgyal Tsemo Monastery, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is located on Namgyal hill in Leh, District Ladakh.
Description: Constructed by the King Tashi Namgyal in the early 15th century, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is easily visible from afar because of its unique red color. Once considered as a royal home to Namgyal Dynasty, the monastery incorporates various temples that are regularly visited by the monks to worship the Buddhist deities. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is known for three story high gold statue of Maitreya Buddha or Laughing Buddha. Besides this, the monastery has about ten feet high statues of Manjushri and Avalokitesvara. Believed to be one of the oldest Gompas, various ancient manuscripts, frescoes, statues and paintings of Buddha can be found here. A partially ruined Fort is also present in the proximity to Namgyal Tsemo Gompa. Many tourists, from different parts of the world, visit this place to experience magnificent beauty and seek blessings from Buddhist deities. This monastery offers a retreat for history buffs, Nirvana seekers and photographers.
Activities: Tourists can have a glance at the fascinating idol of Buddha, in addition to other attractive idols. Being located close to the Fort, a magnificent and picturesque view of Leh city and valley can be enjoyed from the top of the Fort. Situated amidst attractive mountains and panoramic views, the splendid beauty of the monastery is worth exploring.