Likir gompa was established in the 15th century and early in its history became responsible for the oversight of Alchi gompa, to which it has posted lamas up to the present day. The gompa is set on an isolated ridge a few kilometers north of Saspol. Likir belongs to the yellow-hat sect of Buddhism and currently houses about 120 lamas. The head lama, the younger bother of the Dalai Lama, has married (against the rule of the sect) and is permanently absent from the gompa.
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