The Hanle monastery dates back to the 16th century. It was built through the patronage of King Sengge Namgyal.
While its architecture is typical of other monasteries found in Ladakh, what sets it apart is the setting of the monastery amidst the sparse surroundings.
Located at a steep height, a visitor has to climb it in the clockwise direction. High set, white walls are visually broken with splashes of bright color seen on the ‘dhwaja’s or flags, temple entrances and painted roofs.