Tingmosgang

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Tingmosgang
city
Tingmosgang Monastery
Tingmosgang Monastery
Tingmosgang is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Tingmosgang
Tingmosgang
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Coordinates: 34°19′19″N 76°59′17″E / 34.322°N 76.988°E / 34.322; 76.988Coordinates: 34°19′19″N 76°59′17″E / 34.322°N 76.988°E / 34.322; 76.988
Country  India
State Jammu and Kashmir
District Ladakh
Languages
 • Official Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Tingmosgang is a town on the bank of Indus River in Ladakh, in northwestern India. It is 92 km west of Leh, near Khalatse, and north of the present main road. The town has a palace and the monastery over a hillock.

History[edit]

Tingmosgang was built by King Drag-pa-Bum as his capital in the 15th century. It is through his grandson Bhagan that Ladakh's second dynasty originated - Namgyals ( Victorious) which politically endured until the Dogra annexation in 1841 and whose lineage still lives on in the Stok Palace.

Tingmosgang is also important from an historical point of view. After the death of the Fifth Dalai Lama, the Regent ruling Tibet sent the head of the Drukpa order here as an emissary and in 1684 the “Treaty of Tingmosgang” was signed between Ladakh and Tibet wherein the boundary between the two countries was demarcated as we find it today,[1] besides other religious and trade agreements.

Geographically, the Indus Valley is the back-bone of Ladakh, historically from Upshi down to Khaltse, it is Ladakh's heartland. All the main places associated with Ladakh's dynastic history- Shey, Leh, Basgo and Tingmosgang- together with all the important gompas, outside Zanskar, are situated along this stretch of Indus.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Rizvi (1996), p. 74.

References[edit]

  • Rizvi, Janet. 1996. Ladakh: Crossroads of High Asia. Second Edition. Oxford India Paperbacks. 3rd Impression 2001. ISBN 0-19-564546-4.