Popularly known as the Spituk Gompa is one of the prominent GE-LUG-PA Monasteries. It was founded by king Gras-Pa-Bum-Lde in the last 14th century A.D . The site for the monastery was granted by the king to the two emissaries sent by Tsong Kha PA. For installation of the status of the TSE-PAG-MED which is said to have originated from the nose blood of Tsong-KHA-PA. The statue was installed within the 10 feet high statue of Buddha in the assembly hall of the monastery. In the main temple, at the upper end there are the seat for his holiness the Dalai Lama & Bakula Rinpochey. It also houses the statues of Shakyamuni, Tsong-KHA PA & his two disciples yamantaka & Avalokitesvara. There are the Kangyur & Tangyur ( the scriptures and commentaries ) in wooden shelves of the left of the Hall & Paintings of the protector deities on the walls.
The chow-khang on the upper floor house the statue of the chow Rinpochey in the central position brought from Tibet in 1960. A Statue of Padma Sambhava to its right & a silver plated chang-chub-chorten to the left.
To the right of chow-khang is Dolma Lakhang which houses twenty one copper gift taras. Each tara hold a long stemmed lotus & has seven eyes ( eyes of knowledge ). These statues were also brought from Tibet by the present incarnate Lama. The statues of Dolma is wordhipped in all the monasteries irrespective of different sects & the hymns of Dolma are recited daily by Monks & Laymen alike. The Chikhang below the main monastery houses the statues of lord Buddha, with his two disciples & Yamantaka. There are paintings of the protector deities on the walls. The inner temple contain several precious status & cham sring, the protector deity of monastery. Spituk Gustor, the annual monastic festival takes place from the 26th to 28th of the 11th Tibetan Month.
On every floor of the monastery you will find quotes from his holiness Dalai Lama.
You can get excellent view of the surrounding river and valley. The Leh Air port and air strip is visible from here but taking photo of the airport or air strip is prohibited here.
This monastery is located by the side of NH 1. After 500 meter from NH 1 there is a parking place for vehicles below the Monastery.
You have to climb up to reach different floors of the monastery.