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Diskit in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir is famous for its 14th century monastery, believed to be the largest and oldest monastery in Nubra valley. The Nubra Valley lies north of Leh and is accessible over the Khardung la (18,500 feet/5,600 m), one of the highest motorable roads in the world.

Diskit is situated at an altitude of 10,310 ft above sea level, at the edge of desert on Shyok river valley. It takes about 45 minutes through a long row of scattered chortens or stupas to reach the gompa which is set on the highest point near the village. Belonging to the Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect, parts of the gompa, which houses 120 resident monks, are about 760 years old.

If you check this picture , these chortens or stupas line the lower left part of the picture, while the Diskit Monastery is on the right….would give the viewers an idea of the distance and scale.
I took this picture from between the stupas and chortens, framing the monastery between the two different types – the mud chortens on the left being older...

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