17 September, 2012
Located in the vicinity of villages, aesthetically pleasing and architecturally interesting gompas provide the focus for the faith of the highly religious Buddhist people in Ladakh. Gompas are places of worship, isolated meditation and religious instruction for the young.
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa was founded by King Tashi Namgyal, one of the Namgyal rulers. Tashi Namgyal is known to have ruled during 15th century AD. The Namgyal (also called "Tsemo Gompa" = 'Red Gompa', or dGon-pa-so-ma = 'New Monastery'),a temple, is the main Buddhist centre in Leh. No longer inhabited, it stands atop the crag behind Leh palace. The Gompa boasts of a rich collection of some ancient manuscripts and wall paintings.