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Small but visually impressive, Stakna Monastery or Gompa crowns a rocky outcrop just 800m across the Indus from Km449 (where LehThiksey buses terminate), though the gompas winding access road adds another 900m. Located on the right bank of the River Indus in Ladakh, it is at an approximate distance of 25 km from the town of Leh. The monastery was founded by Chosje Jamyang Palkar in 16th century, the great scholar saint of Bhutan. Stakna belongs to the Drugpa and has a number of monasteries attached to it, namely Mud and Kharu and those of Stakrimo, Bardan and Sani in Zanskar.

The name, 'Stakna' literally means 'tiger's nose'. The monastery was so named because it was built on a hill, which is shaped just like a tiger's nose.

From the roof of the monastery - a view of the narrow suspension bridge, just wide enough for small cars, across the River Indus which connects Stakna to the other side. On the other side, the wide expanse of nothingness, with the shadows of the clouds playing with the mountain slopes.

The River Indus flows in the FG. Many may not know that the name 'India' has come from 'Indus'

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