8 Kms from Leh, the monastery standing on a conical hill with 3 chapels was founded in the 11the century by Od-Ide the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. When Rinchen Zangpo, the translator came to that place, he said that an exemplary religious community would arise there and so that monastery was called Spithub (Exemplary). That time it belonged to the Kadampa School. Then during the life time of Dharmaraja Takspa Bum-Lde Lama Lhawang Lotus restored the monastery and the stainless order of Tsongkhapa was introduced and it has remained intact as such up till date.
The Principal statue is that of the lord Buddha. Within this statue there is a sacred statue image of Amitayus about a finger length in height, presented to Takspa Bum-Lde by the great Tsongkhapa.