Basgo Monastery Overview

Situated in the rugged and hilly terrain of Ladakh, the Basgo Monastery is testament of the Buddhist culture of Ladakh. Standing atop a hill, this monastery will seem as if it is an ancient one, yet it was constructed only in the 15th century. You’ll find ruins of the complex, with empty rooms, walls and narrow alleys. There are three temples in this complex - Serzang Temple, Chamba Temple, and Maitreya Temple and all of them have a grandeur of their own. 

The Chamba Lhakhang is the largest of them all, and houses a two-floor Maitreya statue that is so exquisite and adds to the beauty and serenity of the shrine. The other temples also consist of statues, murals, artworks, etc. Explore this ancient site as part of your Ladakh travel packages for an enriching cultural experience.

The Basgo Monastery also has ruins of the fort, which it previously served as during the 15th century when Ladakh was being threatened by the invaders from Central Asia. One of the most beautiful features about this temple complex is the incredible setting it is located in, amidst the majestic mountains and topography of Ladakh. 


• Set out on an expedition to explore the Basgo Monastery, one of the most significant religious, historical and political centres in Ladakh. 
• Explore the three main temples in its complex - the Serzang Temple, Chamba Lhakhan and Chamchong Temple. 
• Take delight in admiring the beautiful statues, deities, murals, carvings and other handicraft items that are unique to this place. 
• If you are a history buff, you’ll be enchanted knowing about the historical background of this temple.
• Go to a suitable viewpoint and enjoy the dreamy and panoramic Ladahki views that surround this monastery.

How To Reach

1. By Bus: There are no direct buses going towards the Monastery. However, you can take a bus from Friendship Gate or a bus towards Ney which will pass through this attraction.

2. By Cab/Bike: Bike trips are common towards the Monastery. Leh is only 40 km away from the destination, and can easily be reached by cabs or taxi.

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Best Time To Visit

1. April to June: The best time to visit Basgo Monastery is from April to June. The climate is pleasant and appropriate for travelling. The roads will be clear and the temperature would be bearable for exploring the monastery. Visitors usually prefer to stop by the monastery around 9 am to 11 am.

2. July to September: During these months, you will come across crystal clear water and exotic picturesque. Also, you can visit the monasteries and celebrate the local festivals like Dakthok, Korzok, Sachukul, and much more.

3. October to March: As October approaches, you can observe snow settling on the enormous mountains. The temperature drops by -15 degrees Celsius and it’s absolutely freezing. But the real beauty of this place lit up during this time. Visitors usually head trekking and visit the frozen Zanskar River.

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History of Basgo Monastery

Basgo Monastery traces its history back to 1680. The edifice was built under the reign of Namgyal rulers to protect the premises of Basgo from the invaders. It was an important political and cultural part of ancient Ladakh. The political significance of Basgo raised to the occasion in the 15th century. The ancient culture of Basgo Monastery resides in the libraries, mural paintings, etc. Also, its significance of sandstone rocks and dark red base of the spur dates back to the reign of Namgyal rulers.

The history of Basgo was deep-rooted in the Maitreya temples with mesmerizing paintings, animal stables, uniquely built chortens or stupas, etc. The largest temple, Chamba Lhakhang, is situated at the highest point. The restoration work was done in the early 1980s by removing the ancillary chambers and roof. Whereas the Cham Chung temple has a conical roof and the Chamba Serzang temple was restricted for the royal family exclusively.

The development of art has also taken place magnificently. In 1979, it adapted the Central Tibetan style of painting for the first time. The painting in the Cham Chung and the Serzang temples followed the same elements and style. Although, religious developments majorly preferred tantric Buddhist tradition.

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Tips to Visit Basgo Monastery

1. One of the most important things to keep in mind is to maintain the decorum and sanctity of the place as the Buddhisht places of worship are marked by silence and contemplation. 

2. Ensure that you dress conservatively and in accordance with the general practice in places of worship. 

3. The Monastery is situated at a considerable elevation and as such, you may have to be preventive and cautious of the resulting health implications. 

4. Although photography is allowed, it is recommended to avoid causing any nuisance sounds or using flash. 

5. Since the monastery is located in isolation in the Ladakh hills, there will hardly be any restaurants, hotels or eateries. As such, ensure that you carry your own food items. 

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Basgo Monastery FAQs

What is another name of Basgo Monastery?

Basgo Monastery is also popularly known as Basgo or Bazgo Gompa. This historical site is nestled in an agrarian village which comprises approximately 150 households. In the early days, Basgo Monastery was strategically located on the trade route along with the Silk Road and Kashmir.

The monastery houses the Chamchung, Chamba Lhakhang, and Serzang temples, which pays devotion to the Maitreya Buddha.

How old is Basgo Monastery?

Basgo Monastery was built in 1680 under the reign of the Namgyal rulers. The overall development of Basgo’s architecture took place from 11th to 18th century. Basgo was an intricate political and cultural centre of the early days of Ladakh. Now, the town is in ruins but the ancient complex stands strong and boasts of astonishing Buddha statues and murals.

How to reach Basgo Monastery?

By Bus – There is no direct bus available to Basgo Monastery from Leh. But you can take a bus to Ney which will pass via Basgo. From there you can walk or hail for any local transport.

By Bike – Many travellers prefer to explore the lush landscapes of Leh by bike, you can ride a bike and reach the monastery. It is almost 40 km away from Leh.

By Cab – For convenient and comfortable travelling, people also book a private cab. You can find them at Leh and drive up to the Basgo Monastery.

Who has built Basgo Monastery?

The Basgo Monastery was built for the Namgyal rulers. It is known that Tashi Namgyal placed an order for building a monastery in 1555. Under his reign, the monastery was established near the Royal Palace and amidst the cliffs.

Why is Basgo Monastery famous?

The Basgo Monastery is famed for its historical importance during the 15th-17th century. The tales of the monastery's spiritual significance dates back to Maitreya temples, Chamba Lhakhang, Cham Chung, and Chamba Serzang.

The grandiose architectural style can be observed in the Maitreya (Chambha)’s enormous idol, wooden purlin roof, and painted wooden slats. Apart from the beauty of the monastery, the location of the edifice is equally astonishing. Nestled on the cliffs, the serene viewpoints of Leh compliments the spiritual vibes of the Basgo Monastery.

What is the timing of Basgo Monastery?

Basgo Monastery is open 24 hours but you can visit before dusk. Although, the most preferred time to visit the Basgo Monastery is from 9 am to 11 am. This time is appropriate for meditating, exploring the monastery’s surroundings, and convenient for travelling. It is difficult to travel after dark around Leh due to the sloppy pathways.

How much time do we need to explore Basgo Monastery?

It would require almost 2 hours to explore the Basgo Monastery. The monastery has three temples, Chamba Lhakhang on a hilltop where the Maitreya statue is established, Serzang Lhakhang midway from the hill which has a small temple with a library, and Chan Chung at the foot of the hill. It would take some time to climb and also explore all these spots.

What is the price of Basgo Monastery?

There is no entry fee required to visit the Basgo Monastery. The monastery is devoted to Buddhism and there are no particular rules for entering into the premises. Also, parking is free and sufficient space is provided.

Which are some of the Ladakh Tour Pacakges with Basgo Monastery in the Itinerary?

These are the packages which also covers the visit to Basgo Monastery-

1) Leh Ladakh Tour Package From Srinagar

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3) Leh Ladakh Tour Package with Snow Leopard Expedition

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