Located in Zanskar in Ladakh, the Sani monastery is also called Turtot Gyat. The monastery is considered to be a holy place for the Buddhist sect. This monastery is also known as the oldest religious site in the region. This monastery houses nums from the Drukpa Kargyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. The place was first set-up by Kushan King, Kanishka in the first century. The architecture of the monastery quite resembles a castle. It amazes the tourists with its stunning geographical location and the stunning architecture.
The monastery contains a large prayer hall that has many Lord Buddha figurines. A 20ft long Chorten and 108 stupas are the two other attractions that are a must checkout at the monastery. Apart from this, the monastery has its strings attached to the famous Indian Yogi Naropa. A room adjacent to the Kanika Chorten has been made, where it is believed that Naropa meditates. The place houses a bronze statue of the yogi. The monastery showcases its rich culture and heritage during the Sani Naro-Nasjal festival, which is celebrated during the sixth of the Tibetan month. Tourists can enjoy the masked dances during this period.
The best time to visit Sani Monastery is in the month of July to November. Avoid to visit Sani Monastery during Winters.
The Sani Monastery is located approx. 6 kilometers to the west of Padum, Ladakh.