Diskit moastery or Diskit Gompa is the oldest monastery in the Nubra Valley. With more than hundred monks inside, this monastery is a living place to enjoy the culture and religion of the land.
Once you enter the monastery, you can find a Maitreya Buddha in entrance. This statue is 106 foot tall. There is a huge drum inside the hall, which is said to wade off evil. On the second floor, you will find many guardian deity statues. The monastery has a crowned Buddha statue, which is an iconic attraction of this place. There is a school inside the monastery, which teaches young monk about Buddha teaching, worldly knowledge, computer technologies and others. You can find many interesting painting and statues inside the monastery. The oldest region of the monastery is now closed to tourists. Tourists climb up the monastery to the top to get a panoramic view of the hill, river and the snow. Other important attractions inside the monastery are Prayer hall and Head Lama’s residence.
The monastery is open throughout the year. The mountain pass route becomes more dangerous during winter. Winter starts in November and ends in April. The route receives heavy snowfall, landslides and others. The route is open from May to September.
There is no entry cost or cost for camera or video. It would take around one hour to explore the whole monastery.
The monastery is located above the Shyok river plains on a hill. It is located on the way to Leh along the Khardung La pass. You can find cabs and jeeps from Leh to the monastery. People drive in bullets and bikes to reach the monastery from Leh. Leh is 150 km away from the monastery. The route connecting the monastery with Leh is the highest mountain pass in the world that can be scaled in a vehicle. It takes five hours to reach the monastery from Leh on a jeep. Buses from Leh leaves four days a week to Diskit. The buses leave back to Lehon the next day morning. Bus travel takes seven hours. Once inside Diskit, trek your way to the monastery for 40 minutes or hire a jeep to reach the monastery in less than 10 minutes.
If you are visiting in February, you ought to take part in the festival of scapegoat (Dosmoche). This festival brings all the locals together. The number of tourists during this festival is very low due to the extreme cold climate and dangerous routes. This festival is famous for the masked dance of the monks.