On your rendezvous to Ladakh, Likir should feature in your itinerary since it is associated with one of the well known monasteries of Ladakh. Ladakh's picturesque scenario is incomparable to any other. The altitude of 9,800 feet above sea level and encompassed by the majestic Himalayas and the enchanting Karakoram with the River Indus silently flowing by, Ladakh must be one of the most enchanting places on earth. Likir a small village at a distance of 62 kilometers to the west of Leh is known for the Likir Monastery. A Tour to Likir will take you to the enchanting folds of the mountains.
Likir meaning "The Naga- Encircled" was the name given to the Gompa as it was circumscribed by two serpent spirits, Nanda and Taksako. Likir Monastery dates back to 1065. It was during the reign of King Lhachen Gyalpo the monastery was built by the Lama Duwang Chosje.
On your Tour to Likir you will discover that the15th century, Likir Monastery flourished under Lhawang Lodos Sangphu, the disciple of Khasdubje. The Monastery was then brought under the Tsongkhapa order. Rituals are observed diligently.
The three basic Buddhist teachings, the Pratimoksa disciplines are observed. The Likir Monastery has a number of sacred shrines, its protective deity stands wearing a golden armor.
The Likir village is a small hamlet located on the valley surrounded by the mountains. The simple village folks work on barley fields. On your tour to Likir you will spot women folks working on the fields while you can spot older women spinning wool. A quaint Himalayan village, the life style of the Likir residents is much guided by the Monastery that acquires the central place in the village.
The annual events in the Likir Monastery play a vital role in the life of the people. Dosmochey, a votive offering is made at an annual event of the Likir monastery during the 12th month of the Tibetan Calendar. On the 27th and 29th dances are performed in the Likir Gompa. Devotees and monks from other places of the Ladakh join in the celebrations. Reincarnations of Naris Rinpoche who serve as the officials of the monastery are also observed.