Rangdum Monastery , Kargil,

Rangdum Monastery , Kargil

Location: Rangdum Monastery is next to Julidok village situated on a small steep hillock at the head of Suru valley in Ladakh. It is about 130 km in the south east of Kargil and lies between Kargil and Padum.

Description: Rangdum Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, which was built about 200 years ago by a great Buddhist, Gelek Yashy Takpa in the kingdom of King Tsewang Mangyul. It is located at an altitude of 4031 m at the head of Suru valley in Rangdum, Kargil. This Gompa was named after the place, Rangdum. This monastery is the residence of about 30 monks. The walls of this monastery are made from Mani stones. “Om Mani Padme Hum” is inscribed on these Mani stones. The pictures of chorten and mandalas, along with various inscriptions, are placed in the Rangdum Monastery. The small villages of Yuldo and Julidok nearby this monastery follow the teachings of Buddhism. The Buddhists of Rangdum monastery follow the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This place is also a habitat to many donkeys that belong to Kiang breed of Tibetan plateau.

Activities: Nearby the Rangdum Monastery, there is a famous tourist bungalow which comprises of three tea-houses and it is a summer-camp which offers accommodation for tourists.

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