Diskit Gompa

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Diskit Gompa information

Diskit , India
admission ₹30
Opening hours
7am-noon & 1-7pm
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Directly above Old Diskit, a 2km spaghetti of hairpins winds up to the fabulous 14th- to 17th-century Diskit Gompa, a brilliant jumble of Tibetan-style box buildings piled higgledy-piggledy up a steep rocky peak that ends in a toe-curlingly vertical chasm. At the back, righthand corner of the atmospheric gonkhang (guardian spirits' temple), a white six-armed deity statue clasps a withered forearm and human scalp, supposedly body-parts of a Mongol warrior who mysteriously dropped dead when attempting to sieze the monastery.

The entry fee includes access to a gigantic (32m) full-colour Statue of Chamba (Maitreya-Buddha) on an intermediate hill, formally inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in July 2010.