Diskit Monastery, Nubra Valley

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Diskit Monastery is a 350 year old monastery situated in the Village of Diskit. Tourists must visit this monastery that is located at an elevation of 10310 ft above sea level. The village of Diskit acts as an administrative centre to the Nubra Valley and houses many government offices. The Diskit Monastery or Diskit Gompa is the prime attraction of the village. It is considered as one of the largest and oldest Buddhist monasteries in the Nubra Valley.The Diskit Monastery was founded in the 14th century by a disciple of Tsong Khapa, Changzem Tserab Zangpo. This gompa enshrines a Maitreya Buddha statue, paintings, and drums. The monastery represents the Tibetan culture and Tibetan style of architecture. Visitors can explore a beautiful wall painting at the centre of this monastery, which displays the Tashilhunpo Gompa of Tibet. Kangyu-lang and Tsangyu-lang are two of the shrines found inside the monastery. Moreover, numerous Tibetan and Mongolian texts have been kept in its storehouse.The Diskit Gompa is home to nearly 100 monks who have come from different parts of the globe. The Scapegoat Festival, otherwise known as Desmochhey or Dosmoche, is celebrated in this monastery during February. During this festival, tourists can witness the mask dance that is presented by the Lamas that celebrates the victory of good over evil.

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