One of the important Buddhist monasteries of the Drugpa Sect, Stakna Monastery is located on the banks of River Indus. It was established in the 16th century by the Bhutanese scholar known as Chosje Jamyang Palkar.
Stakna literally translates to ‘tiger’s nose’ as the shape of the hill resembles the same features. It is home to about 30 monks and offers an interesting exploration into Tibetan culture and heritage. The interesting features of this monastery are the assembly hall called Dukhang, 7ft tall silver gilded chorten consisting of a figure of Lord Buddha and many paintings of Buddhist saints and scholars.
Highlights: Stakna Monastery is a great trip for those who like to carry their cameras around to capture the beauty of life. It offers some of the best vantage points to in Ladakh to capture photographs of the Indus river.
Best time to visit: Owing to clear roads in summer, June to September are the best months to plan a trip to Stakna Monastery when you are visiting Ladakh.
Location: Stakna, Jammu and Kashmir
Distance from Leh: It is located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Leh city