Sankar Gompa Monastery is an Imperial Monastery. It is situated on the
border of Khardung La Pass on the way to the Nubra Valley. It is about 3 kms
away from the north of Leh. A 30 minutes walk is needed to reach Sankar
Gompa from the centre of the . The attractive two-storied complex and the
fluttering beautiful prayer flags which are of different vibrant colors
surrounded by the stone walls of the farmhouses can be seen from far away.
Gompa Monastery is a modern type of Monastery with striking cluster of
buildings erected in the midst beautiful tall trees across the town, in the
region of Khardung La which is a 5,359 m pass that goes from Leh to the
Nubra and Shylock Valleys.
The Sankar Monastery has steps that go to 'Dukhang' which is also known as
the assembly hall. To reach Dukhang one has to go all the way through a
double door entrance, while on the right side of the doors, there are three
green colored drums which are located in the area which is the place for
Gyeskos. On the left side of Dukhang, the entry door goes to the Wheel of
Life with the Yama holding it.
The exquisite paintings of the walls of the Sankar Gompa Monastery carry
images of mandalas along with the details of the Tibetan calendar. This
beautiful and sacred Monastery includes guest rooms and an attractive
library. According to the routine a lama from this Sankar Monastery makes a
visit every morning, day and evening, to the fort which belongs to the
mid-sixteenth century, at Namgyal Tsemo.
Namgyal Tsemo is located at the crest above Leh to manifest the rituals at
the holy temples which is associated with the fort.
Leh can be reached by train; from Leh the nearest railway station is Jammu
which is nearly 734 km away.
From Manali buses are available, which cover nearly 453 km to reach Leh. The
Manali - Leh road is not open all through the year, though buses are
available in the months from June to October, when roads are open.
There are also air services are available from Delhi to Leh and also from
Srinagar, different airline companies are offer regular flight services.