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Samstanling Monastery in Ladakh

There are nearly hundred monasteries in Ladakh city. It is a very common tourist spot of this city. You get to know about the monasteries in depth when you pay a visit to these places. These are mainly Tibetan monasteries, rich in Buddhist religion and culture.

To Samstanling Monastery in Leh

You get to know more about Buddhism when they take a tour of the monasteries. Samstanling Monastery is one of the famous monasteries of this city. This article will give the details about Samstanling Monastery and its background.

Initiation of Samstanling Monastery

This monastery is nearly 150 years old and is situated in the Nubra Valley Region’s Sumlur Village. This is located nearly 120 km away from Leh the capital of Ladakh. It is known that this monastery was founded by Lama Tsultim Nima in the year 1841. This Village of Leh is believed to be famous for the presence of this monastery. The surroundings of this monastery are beautiful and it gives a good treat to the eyes of the visitors.

About Samstanling Monastery

The monastery is beautifully surrounded by greenery all around it. The steps towards the monastery are encircled with berries that continue till the entrance of the monastery. In the entry of the monastery one can see religious prayers written along side. Like other monasteries, this monastery is also provided with assembly hall that contains attractive hangings that depicts the teachings of Lord Buddha and some basic customs of Buddhism. The monastery contains two assembly halls and for making it easier for people to distinguish the two assembly halls they are named as “old assembly hall” and “new assembly hall”.

Samstanling Monastery in Leh

The other side of the monastery is attached with a housing complex. This serves a home for the monks residing in this monastery. The most amazing attraction of this monastery is a seven year old boy, who is believed to be the reincarnation of Lama Bakula Rinpoche. This boy resides in the housing complex and offers sacred blessings to people who pay a visit to him. He also ties some threads in the wrists of the people. Local people believe that the blessings of this young boy are pure and divine that it can purify any one’s heart and soul.

Attractions nearby Samstanling Monastery

When you pay a visit to Ladakh then it is advisable for him not to miss any of the monasteries located in the city. Since Ladakh contain more than hundred monasteries in total it will take an entire lifetime for one person to visit all of them. Some of the important and renowned monasteries are Thiksey Monastery, Phyang Monastery, Likir Monastery. All these monasteries are situated very close to each other and hence you can visit them easily.

Shopping Places nearby Samstanling Monastery

Ladakh Shopping Complex is nearly 3 km away from this place. This gives you an exclusive opportunity to shop for Ladakh’s in house items. The exclusive and famous items of Ladakh are hand woven shawl, jewellery made by the local people whom you will easily get in the shopping complex and carry as a token of memory from Ladakh.

Prayer Flags in Samstanling Monastery in Leh

Where to Eat near Samstanling Monastery

Ladakh provides many places where people can dine in. There is a famous Open Hand Cafe which is nearly some metres away from this place. You will get a variety of food and snacks in this cafe. This cafe is an ideal place for hang out and is thoroughly enjoyed by tourists.

Best Time to Visit Samstanling Monastery

The best time when you can visit this monastery is between the months of June to September. This is basically marked as the season for tourism in Leh and Ladakh. Timings to visit this monastery are from 8am to 6pm. The monastery remains closed only for an hour in the afternoon from 12 pm to 1 pm and this time is devoted for monks to take rest. The entry fee per person to this monastery is Rs. 20.

How to Reach Samstanling Monastery

You can reach this place from Leh Airport which is some distance away from Samstanling Monastery. This place can prove as one of the attractive places in Ladakh that attracts people for its scenic beauty as well as for its hidden culture. You just cannot miss this beautiful monastery once you visit Ladakh city.

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