Diskit & Hundur Monastery

Both the Diskit Gompa as well as the Hundur Gompa are situated in the Nubra Valley. Situated nearby these two monasteries and located at a slightly higher altitude, is Lachung Temple.

Lachung Temple is one of the oldest temples of this area. It's main object is huge idol of Tsong-kha-pa, crowned with a Gelugpa yellow hat. Hundur Monastery of Leh Ladakh is situated just below the main road, near the bridge and Diskit Monastery is situated nearby.

The Diskit Gompa dates back to the 14th century and was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong-kha-pa. At the centre of Diskit Monastery is an elevated cupola, which is intricately adorned with beautiful frescoes that illustrates the Tashilhunpo Gompa of Tibet. There are a number of shrines inside the monastery's complex, such as the Kangyu-lang, Tsangyu-lang, etc. Also, hundreds of Mongolian and Tibetan texts are stored in rooms found inside these temples.

Diskit Gompa has an interesting legend attached to it. It is believed that a Mongol demon once lived here and was considered to be a sworn enemy of Buddhism. He was annihilated near the monastery. However, even after his death, his body kept coming back to the monastery again and again. It is said that even today the wrinkled head and hand of the demon lie inside a temple of the monastery, which is filled with fierce Gods and Goddesses.

Belongs To: Tsongkhapa Order
Founded By: Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong-kha-pa 
Founded In: 14th Century