Bardan Monastery

The Bardan Gompa (Monastery) in Ladakh, perched on a rocky crag, lies at a distance of about 12 km to the south of Padum. Belonging to the Dugpa-Kargyud monastic order, it was one of the first centers from the order to be set up in Zanskar.

Bardan Gompa dates back to the 17th century. A number of smaller monasteries in the region come under the management of Bardan. One such monastery is the Sani Gompa.

The Bardan Gompa consists of a large Dukhang, the assembly hall. Other structures within the monastery are linked to the Dukhang. The hall exhibits some of the most ornate images of Buddhist divinities, along with some small stupas in clay, bronze, wood and copper. Near Bardan Monastery lies the monastery of Muney, which is well known for its art treasures.


Approximately 12 km to the south of Padum.

Belongs To: Dugpa-Kargyud Monastic Order.
Founded In: 17th century.