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Rangdum Monastery

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Rangdum Monastery

is located in between Kargil and Padum which belongs to the Gelugpa sect at a height of 3657 meter on a top of a hill. It is situated near by the village of Rangdum. Rangdum Gompa is Tibetan Buddhist monastery which belongs to the Gelugpa sect. The monastery is build over a small hill and well-established around by the bifurcated way of a mountain stream. Rangdum monastery was developed by Gelek Yashi Takpa before 200 years ago. This period belongs to King Tsewang Mangyul and only 40 monks lives in this monestery.

Rangdum is just 130 km from Kargil,and the view of the rangdum monestery is very attractive as there are various mountains and on the other side there are rocky mountains as well as glaciers. On the wall of the monastery there are pictures of chortens and mandalas.

Rangdum Gompa

is just positioned next to the tiny village of Julidok, and about 25 km from the Pensi-La which leads into Zanskar valleyand and it is physically in the Suru Valley, but it is part of their culture. The best part of the rangdum gompa is that it contains a central prayer hall having fantastic collection of statues and art objects. Rangdum gompa has a major attraction for the lovers who like trekking, the most famous trek route being the one that commences from here and leads to to Henaskut near Lamayuru through breathtaking gorge of the Kanji valley. Rangdum Gompa

Rangdum gompa having great advantage for having valley around it. Nearly there are 40 monks who are totally dependent upon the contribution of grains and butter from their villages. The village peoples does their work by plowing and sowing and raising crops are decedents of serf-tenants of the Rangdum monastery. Yuldo and Julidok villages are situated at the end of valley,which are mainly Buddhist.For tourists wishing to stay overnight at rangdum gompa, there is the newly built Tourist Complex with 5 furnished rooms and dormitory accomodation. Alternatively, they can also opt for tented accommodation operated by the monastery management. Food can be bought from the nearby teashop.

Most of the people of Zanskar are generally and ethnically and always support the rangdum gompa .The people of Zanskar are dependent on their flocks and supplies from the lower down the Suru Valley from Kargil or over the pass from Zanskar.The road conditions are not good nearby Rangdum. Also these areas are not developed so there is no right to use to electricity, phone or internet.Other Attractons is the Zanskar Valley which is located amidst attractive locales of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir, Zanskar is one of the most unknown places in the country. Pleasant climate, vistas of barren landscapes, snow-capped Himalayan Mountains and sparkling rivers make Zanskar a perfect holiday destination. Another attraction is the Mulbekh Monastery which is famous for nine meter high rock statue of Maitreya, the heir of Buddha.

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