An impressive cave monastery in the Zansker valley of Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, the Zongkhul Monastery is home to some of the most ancient murals and frescoes of Buddha. The cave monastery of
or Dzongkhul belongs to the Drugpa sect of Buddhism. It is believed that Naropa who was an eminent Buddhist yogi built the monastery and used to meditate here.
While exploring the
, one can actually witness an impressive collection of artifacts like the ivory image of Samvara, texts depicting the spiritual songs and crystal Stupa. With all these and the images of Buddha, Padmasmbhava, Mahakala and Mitukpa, the
is one of the holiest sites of Buddhism. Ladakh is a hauntingly land which holds a magnetic attraction for tourists all across the world. The fiercely cold climate and the rocky terrain of ladakh had cut it off from the rest of the civilization for a long time which is why very little is known about its hidden jewels. Ladakh is the kind of place that would leave any travel writer deep in thought about the most appropriate opening word only to realize that there isnt an adjective in the english dictionary to it any justice.When in Ladakh, the best way to travel is by private transport as public transport has a lot left to desire. Motorbikes and cars are available on rent in Leh.
Most areas apart from < Leh require an inner line permit which is available at most tourist offices at a cost of Rs. 100 per head.
How to reach
As there is no road access, one has to trek all the way in order to make it to the sacred Zongkhul . For this purpose, the numerous treks like Stongdey and Burdam are available around the region. As per accommodation is concerned, tourists have to make their own arrangements as no hotel facilities are available near the monastery.
Best time to visit
July to early November is considered as the best time to visit the Zongkhul.