From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Rangdum Monastery
Mains level : Not Much
- The Rangdum monastery in Ladakh in Kargil district could soon be given the status “monument of national importance” by the Archaeological Survey of India.
- It 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.
- The 18th century monastery is “perched picturesquely on a top of a hillock like an ancient fort”.
- The main highlight of the monastery is its central prayer hall with an amazing collection of Tibetan and other artifacts.
- Apart from the monastery, the Rangdum locality, located 130 km from Kargil town, also serves as the base for various trekking routes.
- The ASI is an Indian government agency attached to the Ministry of Culture.
- It is responsible for archaeological research and the conservation and preservation of cultural monuments in the country.
- It was founded in 1861 by Alexander Cunningham who also became its first Director-General.