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Opening timings for likir monastery

All days of the week
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

likir monastery overview

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62 kms west of Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, 194101, India
entry fee
5 - 10
per person (entry fee for the library)
All days of the week
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

how to reach likir monastery

Likir monastery is located in Likir village. It is situated 47 KM from the Leh Airport. Take NH1D in the direction of Hall of Fame/War Memorial, past Spituk, and continue on NH1D till the village of Likir.

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about likir monastery

By the side of sparkling Indus river, near the village of Saspol, is a hillock in the valley of Likir where one of Ladakh's oldest monastery, Likir monastery or LIkir Gompa stands is situatated. Likir translates to 'the Naga encircled', referring to the bodies of Nanda and Taksako, both Naga kings and great serpent spirits. Buddhism, akin to ancient naga (snake) cult of India, considers snakes as divine spirits of the underworld, guardians of concealed teachings and hidden treasures. 

Recognizable from afar by the large seated statue of Maitreya Buddha, gilded in gold and 75 feet tall, which is a much recent addition having been built in 1999, Likir monastery itself was built in 1065 by the fifth monarch of Ladakh, Lhachen Gyalpo. Belonging to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism, known by their Yellow Hat, it is the official seat of Ngari Ringpoche. There are two assembly halls (dukhang) and the older one houses statues of Sakyamuni, Maitreya and Tsong Khapa who founded the Geluk or Gelugpa sect, in addition to the statue of Bodhisattva. 

The verandah at Likir monastery is adorned with exquisite Thangka paintings of the Four Heavenly Gods and Dharamchakra. Replete with paintings, murals and stone reliefs, the monastery is a repository of Buddhist heritage, its founding principles, history, legends and teachings. There's a school inside the monastery run by the Central Institute of Buddhist studies and a library open to visitors, at a nominal fee, where old manuscripts, volumes and books on Buddhism and the teachings of Tsong Khapa are housed.

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Likir Monastery traveller reviews

1 Likir Monastery review
Madhav Reddy
Madhav Reddy
Well kept small museum
Jun 20 2014
Drive up is spectacular and you're rewarded with amazing views from the walls of the monastery. There's a little museum here with religious and domestic art and artefacts but its all topped by the huge golden Maritreiya Buddha!