You must have visited Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Pangong Lake while in Ladakh, but did you know that it has so many hidden gems in this vast mountain desert which people hardly visit? Matho is a village that is one of the least visited in the vicinity of Leh city.
Things to see:
Restoration of Thangka art in Matho Monastery
This ancient monastery is located at around 40km from Leh city and is a must visit if you are travelling to Matho. The restoration of thangka art inside the monastery is being carried out by a group of french people who have roped in local Ladakhis in restoring this lost art. A museum has also been constructed to display the brilliant art inside the monastery.
Enjoy the incredible winds at Stakna Monastery
Stakna Monastery is one of the most unsung monasteries in Leh region. Located at an isolated location, it is left unvisited by most travellers. It is located close to Matho. You can either walk your way through farmlands from Matho or follow the road to Stakna, which falls at your left while you travel to Matho.
Participate in archery festival in Matho
Matho is extremely particular about its community. Divided into three parts, the people of this village are always ready to celebrate everything big, whether it is a birthday of a child or a simple get-together for everyone and playing some archery. You are always welcome to participate in this amazing game.
Offer prayers at the majestic monastery at Spituk
This is the third monastery which falls on your way out of Matho village. Spituk is famous for its Buddha statue just beside the monastery. This statue is situated in a huge terrace-type platform wherefrom you can have priceless views of Leh city and Spituk village.