An Hour at Phyang Monastery

Phayang Monastery in Phyang Village, Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Phyang Monastery (Tashi Chhusung / Blue Peak) in Phyang village is dedicated to Dri-Gung-Pa sect, a sub division of Kargyupa (Red Hat) sect of the Tibetan Buddhism. The sixteenth century monastery on a spacious mound hosts an annual festival, Phyang Tseruk (Gang Sngon Tsedup), in July-August. During the festival, religious cham (mask) dances performed to kill evils draw both locals and travelers. The next festival would take place on July 24-25, 2014. After every three years, the five-storey tall thangka is unfurled from the monastery during the festival. This auspicious event is scheduled for 2016.  

The monastery affords views of the village and the Stok Range, offering a vantage point for landscape photographers and beauty seekers.  

The monastery name is derived from the Gang Ngonpo, a blue mountain rising behind the monastery. The monastery, an ancient structure of national importance, is a centrally protected monument.  

According to a legend, Danma Kungha Tagspa lama from Tibet treated King Tashi Namgyal suffering from leprosy successfully. The King rewarded him with land and money to build the monastery. A religious landmark, the monastery facing south has tiered structure. Lama quarters are in the lower part.  

The main prayer hall (dukhang) is decorated with high-quality murals that match the mural style followed in the Basgo Monastery. The hall also houses stucco images of Kun-d’ga Grags-Pa, the founder of the monastery and Dam-Chos’gyur-Med, the head lama. The ancient dukhang is more than five and half centuries old.  

A group of Kashmiri bronze statues carved before the fourteenth century is the highlight of the monastery. Beautiful murals of Marpa, Mila-Raspa, Naropa, and Tilopa of the Kagyu-Pa family and Vajradhara adorn the gonkhang.  

An ancient museum room houses Chinese, Mongolian, and Tibetan amours and weapons. Tso-khang, gonkhang, and dukhang walls are richly decorated with paintings.

The maroon color shrine dedicated to Mahakala is probably the oldest structure within the monastery complex.


Photography is prohibited inside the temples located within the monastery.

Visiting Hours

Lunch hours: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm




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