Rangdum Monastery

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Rangdum Monastery
Rangdum Monastery
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Rangdum Monastery seen from the north.
Rangdum Monastery is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Rangdum Monastery
Location within India
Basic information
LocationSuru Valley, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Geographic coordinates34°3′36″N 76°21′0″E / 34.06000°N 76.35000°E / 34.06000; 76.35000Coordinates: 34°3′36″N 76°21′0″E / 34.06000°N 76.35000°E / 34.06000; 76.35000

Rangdum Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery belonging to the Gelugpa sect, situated on top of a small but steep sugarloaf hill at an altitude of 4,031 m (13,225 ft) at the head of the Suru Valley, in Ladakh. It is next to the tiny village of Julidok, and about 25 km from the 4,400 m (14,436 ft) Pensi La (pass) which leads into Zanskar[1]


According to an inscription the monastery was built by Gelek Yashy Takpa during the reign of King Tsewang Mangyul of Ladakh about 200 years ago. Although it is physically in the Suru Valley, it is culturally part of Zanskar.[1] Because one cannot count on crops being harvested due to the brief summer, both the village and the monastery depend on supplies, other than locally produced dairy, brought up the largely barren Suru Valley, or over the 4,400 metre (14,436 ft) Pensi La pass from Zanskar. The monastery is home to about 30 monks and almost as many donkeys.[1][2]

View of the monastery's interior courtyard with some of its famous donkeys


  1. ^ a b c Schettler, Margaret & Rolf (1981), p. 150.
  2. ^ Rizvi (1996), p. 28.


  • Janet Rizvi. (1996). Ladakh: Crossroads of High Asia. Second Edition. Oxford University Press, Delhi. ISBN 0-19-564546-4.
  • Schettler, Margaret & Rolf (1981). Kashmir, Ladakh & Zanskar. Lonely Planet Publications. South Yarra, Victoria, Australia. ISBN 0-908086-21-0.

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