Located between Kargil and Padum in the northernmost part of India, Rangdum monastery is an old Buddhist shrine and monastic home. Being perched on a hill top, the monastery looks like a fort keeping an eye on the serene valley. One of the major tourist attractions in Ladakh, this renowned Tibetan Buddhist monastery belongs to the Gelupa sect. Legends has it that the sacred monastery was built during the reign of King Tsewang Mangyul of Ladakh, close to about 200 years ago. Although, some believe that its construction started long time back in the 8th century.
The architecture of the Rangdum monastery in Ladakh boasts of a central prayer hall, which houses a marvelous collection of statues and art objects. Besides, the highlights of the monastery also include two tiny hamlets, Yuldo and Tashi-Tongze, which are surrounded by Chorten rows. As it is a monastic home, one can expect a lot of Buddhist monks meditating on the premises.