Seated on the steep conical hilltop, the Rangdum Monastery is located at around 4,031m above the sea level in the Suru Valley. In addition to its religious importance, it also boasts of being one of the most stunning monasteries in Leh Ladakh region.
Encrusted by scenic hills and mountains, this sacred monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhists, this 18th century religious centre houses around 40 monks and can be easily reached from Sankoo, Panikar and Parachik regions.
Rangdum is located around 130km towards the south-east of Kargil and around 104km from Padum at an altitude of 3,657m. This scenic valley is around 337km from Ladakh’s capital city Leh, and can be reached via NH301 or NH1.
The best time to visit Rangdum Monastery is from June to September.
A sacred religious site among the Gelugpa Buddhists, Rangdum Monastery is located on a hilltop that resembles a sugarloaf. Situated at 13,225ft above the sea level, it is among the highest monasteries in Ladakh, and is only 25km from the enthralling Pensi La Pass. Rangdum Monastery was built around 200 years ago by GelekYashyTakpa, and it follows the cultural values of Zanskar Valley to a large extent. A mystical monastery, a visit to Rangdum Monastery is a must to have experience while on a Leh Ladakh tour.
A few hours’ drive from Rangdum takes the visitors to the stunning Parkachik Glacier, which is revered as one of the most beautiful glaciers in India. Located around 90km from Kargil, visitors can also embark on a voyage to this glacier from central Kargil; the drive offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains and peaks. From this glacier, visitors can also drive towards the Pensi La Pass and enjoy astounding views of the Drang Drung Galcier.
Road journeys from Kargil proves to be the easiest ways to reach Rangdum. Padum also serves as ideal destination to embark on a road journey to this gorgeous valley. However, the roads leading to Rangdum are not well-maintained; one needs to be quite an expert to drive to Rangdum.
Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station to Rangdum. After arriving at the railway station, visitors can either make it to Leh or Kargil, and embark on a road journey to reach Rangdum.
The Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport in Srinagar; located around 204km, is the nearest airport to Rangdum. KushokBakulaRimpochee Airport in Leh is around 230km from the Rangdum Valley and can be an ideal point for flight journey to reach Rangdum.