The Hanle Monastery built on a high hill dates back to the 16th century.
Carved Mani Padme stones dots the entire path leading to the monastery.
A smaller temple below the Monastery, where the monks pray and chant.
Small white stupa's dotting the landscape.
The area below the monastery with rooms and classrooms.
Temples (indicated by the trishuls) and residences for the monks running the school.
The path leading down from the Monastery is clockwise.
A huge, old and traditional prayer wheel sits in the centre of the courtyard.
Rooms belonging to different monks open into this courtyard.
The entrance to the temple is signified by the traditional yellow fabric.
Prayer wheels around the temple have to be turned clockwise for good karma.
A spectacular view of the river, the plains and mountains behind the monastery.
Located on the Indo-China border in the region of Changthang. Hanle is famous for its 16th century monastery located high above in the mountains, giving a spectacular view of the picturesque expanses. While its architecture is typical of other monasteries found in Ladakh, what sets it apart is the setting of the monastery amidst the sparse surroundings. The monastery houses about 20 monks, and is visited by more during the year. Located at a steep height, a visitor has to climb it in the clockwise direction. High set, white walls are visually broken with splashes of bright colour seen on the ‘dhwaja’s or flags, temple entrances and painted roofs of the monastery.
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