Stongde Monastery

Stongde Monastery is perched on a hill about 18 Kms NE of Padum.

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View of the valley from the monastery

The great Tibetan master Marpa lived in a cave nearby and founded the monastery in the 11th century.

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Stongde Monastery

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Door leading to the inner sanctum

It is the second largest monastic institution in Zanskar, with a community of about 60 Gelukpa monks.

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Thankas inside the monastery

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Sacred texts

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