Stongde Monastery is perched on a hill about 18 Kms NE of Padum.
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.
Door leading to the inner sanctum
It is the second largest monastic institution in Zanskar, with a community of about 60 Gelukpa monks.
Thankas inside the monastery