Diskit Monastery, also known as Deskit Monastery, is not only the oldest but also the largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley, Ladakh. Belonging to the Yellow-Hat sect of Buddhism, the monastery has a statue of Cho Rinpoche (Crowned Buddha) in the prayer hall, a huge drum and several images of fierce guardian deities. The monastery administration runs a school, with support from a NGO known as the 'Tibet Support Group', which has computer facilities and teaches science subjects, in English, to Tibetan children of the region. The monastery is famous for the Dosmoche festival, which is celebrated with great zeal for the eradication of evil.
Distance from Leh: 117.9 km (3 hours 17 minutes)
Key attractions: Statue of the crowned Buddha, Dosmoche festival
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