Zanskar Monastery Bardan Gompa Padum

Bardan Monastery or Bardan Gompa is one of the must-see places in Padum. We visited this place during our Photo-tour to Zanskar.

Its a small gompa perched on top of a small hill, which makes the location quite spectacular. Following are some of my pictures shot at the place.

It belongs to the Drukpa-Kagyu monastic order and was one of the first monasteries of this sector to be established in Zanskar. The monastery also ran several smaller hermitages in the area.

The monastery consists of a large Dukhang or assembly hall which has some grand statues of Buddhist figures and several small stupas in clay, bronze, wood and copper

Gompas, Gonpas or Gumbas also known as ling are Buddhist religious protectors of learning, ancestry and sadhana that may be understood as a conflation of a protection, a university associated with Tibetan Buddhism.

Padum is named after Padmasambhava. It is the only town and administrative centre in Zanskar.

Access to this place is by road and tourist season is between July 1st and September 15th

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