In the Nubra Valley in Ladakh, in the midst of sand dunes and rocky barren mountains sits the Diskit monastery. It was built sometime in the 14th C during the reign of King Nyama Dakpa. A monk from the Leh valley, Tserab Zangpo, is said to have founded the monastery. Interestingly Zangpo was a follower of the Gelug School, which is one of the newest strands of Tibetan Buddhism and at that time, would have barely been a few decades old. One can only imagine, but his coming and the setting up of the monastery, would have created quite a stir among the local population which was a mix of Buddhist, Shia Muslims, Sunnis and Noorbakshiyas.
Still the monastery is quite a grand structure, not as large as many of the others we saw in the state, but imposing nevertheless. A winding road that twists and turns like the mountain wind leads up to the monastery. We climb a flight of stairs to be met by a monk who leads us into the first of the prayer halls where he tells us this story.