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At a distance of about 50 km east from Leh, in the Saklti village, lies the Tak Thok monastery. Tak Thok (or Thag Thong or Thak Thak) was founded in the mid-16th century during the reign of Tshewang Namgyal on a mountainside around a cave in which Padmasambhava is said to have meditated in the 8th century. The monastery complex seems to grow out of a rock face.

The name Takthok, literally meaning "rock-roof" was named because both its roofs as well as walls are made up of rock. It is the only Nyingmapa monastery in Ladakh.Two large chortens stand before the monastery complex. The main sanctuary, one of the meditation caves of Guru Rinpoche (Padma Sambhava), gives the monastery its name, ‘natural rock roof cave’. The ceiling of this cave-monastery is highly interesting with greasy black with emissions from the butter lamps that burn nonstop &devotees having stuck offerings of banknotes and coins all over.

The monastery is the only one of its kind in the Ladakh region given the fact that it belongs to the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism, also known as the "Old Order". No other monastery in Ladakh is associated with this order.

I took this picture framing the Tak Thok monastery with the large prayer wheel

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