Believed to be existing since the 11th century, Likir Monastery is hailed as one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. Originally called Klu-kkhyil gompa, Likir Monastery is mostly renowned for the 75 feet statue of Buddha. It derives its name from the two serpent spirits known as Nanda and Taksako. Nestled on the banks of the gurgling waters of Indus, Likir Monastery is a beautiful place where one can enjoy some surreal views.
Along with the breathtaking serenity, Likir Monastery can be visited to explore a number of paintings, murals, stone reliefs and many other interesting relics concerning the heritage and history of Buddhism. There is also a school where one can visit the library to browse through some old manuscripts and books of Buddha and teachings of Tsong Khapa.
Highlights: Likir Monastery belongs to Gelugpa monastic order of Tibetan Buddhism and was built in the fifteenth century. It houses about 120 Buddhist monks and offers a serene respite from the noise and pollution of the cities.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit this place if from June to September.
Location: Likir Monastery, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirDistance from Leh: Likir Monastery is about 52 km away from Leh.