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Stongdey - A journey of Monastery

It is located in the Zanskar region of Jammu and Kashmir. It is also called as Marpling. This monastery is managed by the descendants of Nari Tulku. It is also the second largest monastic construction.

Things to do in Stongdey

  • Trekking
  • Mountaineering
  • Festivals
  • Landscape

Religion and culture
The inhabitants of this place follow the Gelugpa order of Buddhism. These ally themselves with the Mongols. The place is most of the time enwrapped with snow, hence the resident need to be very strong and adaptable.

The Stongdey monastery has a lot of impact on the residence of the close vicinity. The true traditional lifestyle of the localities can be explored during the immensely famous annual Gustor festival. The mask dance and the many sports activities are the highlight of the festival.

The Stongdey monastery was found in 1052 AD, by Tibet Lama Lhodak Marpa Choski Lodos. It has about sixty monks, who follow the Gelupa Buddhism. It also houses a number of temples, mural, thangkas and manuscripts.

Social Structure
Since it is a monastery, which follows the Tibetan Buddhism school – Gelug, Hence it follows the ethics of the vinaya.

The Buddhism is prominently followed in this region.  However the practices and rituals followed are in accordance with the Gelug, school of thoughts.

Reaching Stongdey
The tourist can avail the bus service form Kargil, which operated 3 times a week by J&K SRTC. The trekking route can also be availed at the month of June.