Sani Tour

This picturesque village is 6 kms west of Padum, on the road to Kargil. The chief attraction here is the castle like monastery which, unlike other monasteries of the region, is built on level ground. By legend its initial foundation is associated with Kanishka on account of the Kanika Stupa which stands in the backyard of the walled complex.

The main building comprises a huge multi-columned central prayer hall housing an array of statues of popular Buddhists divinities and Drugpa (Old Schools) high saints. The most interesting frescoes, however, can be seen in a small, almost discarded chapel at the back of the main building, whose walls are adorned with stucco murals depicting landscapes and floral designs based on the life of Padma-sambhava. Adjoining this monastic complex is an old cemetery surrounded by a ring of ancient rock carving which reflect Indian artistic influence.

Sani is also associated with Naropa, the famous Indian yogi from Vikramsila, who is said to have sat in meditation for some time under the Kanika Stupa. The site is now occupied by a small room housing a veiled bronze figure of the Yogi, which is unveiled, once a year in late July. A 2-day long festival is held to celebrate this occasion, which is attended by people from far, and wide monks from Bardan Monastery perform masked dances as ritual offering.

How to Reach?
The 240 km long Kargil-Padun road, of which the first 90 km stretch is paved, remains opened from around mid July to early November. Jeeps and Gypsy taxis can also be hired at Kargil. During June and early July, prior to opening of the road, it is recommended to walk into Zanskar from panikhar or Parkachik onwards. In June, the summer is at its height in the region and the climate is ideal for trekking along the route free from vehicular traffic of any kind and when the countryside is freshly rejuvenated into life after months of frigid dormancy.

Important Places to visit in Ladakh » Leh Tour
» Kargil Tour
» Zanskar Tour
» Nubra Valley Tour
» Chang Thang Tour
» Dhahanu Tour
» Drass Valley Tour
» Suru Valley Tour
» Rangdum Tour
» Padum Tour
» Phugtal Tour
» Sani Tour
» Stongdey Tour
» Shyok Valley Tour
» Sankoo Tour
» Salt Valley Tour
» Indus Valley Tour
» Zangla Tour

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