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The most visited monasteries in Leh are Shey, Thiksey, Hemis and Spituk.

Phyang falls into the category of the other magnificent Gompas near Leh, which are much less visited.

Phyang Gompa or monastery is located around 20 kms. from Leh, the capital of Ladakh. This monastery built on the hilltop was built in the 16th century and belongs to the Red Cap sect. In fact Phyang is the only one of two monasteries in Ladakh belonging to Drigungpa School the Red Hat sect of Buddhism, established from the teachings of Phakmadrupa Dorje Gyelpo in 1110-1170 AD . Originally when the monastery was built, it was known as Tashi Chozong, established in the year 1515AD.

Some new cement and coloured stupas, some older mud stupas on the left and the fluttering prayer flags in front of the monastery led us to the majestic monastery perched on a hill slope in front of the high altitude Himalayan peaks

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