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Thiksey Monastery, Leh

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At an altitude of 3,600 m (11,800 ft), Thiksey Monastery welcomes both daring travelers and locals looking for a spiritual awakening. Resembling the architecture of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, this 12-story complex houses many Buddhist relics and artworks, including stupas, statues, wall paintings, and swords. Within the complex you can visit a temple housing a 15 m (49 ft) high statue of Maitreya (future Buddha), covering two stories of the entire structure. Another highlight is a shrine dedicated to the goddess Tara, which attracts many visitors. Make Thiksey Monastery a part of your Leh vacation plans using our Leh itinerary maker.
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  • Spend some time inside monastery while prayers were going on. It was peace giving and wonderful atmosphere. As it is at height outside view is also pictorial.  more »
  • This was one of the biggest Monastery we visited. Located on the hill-top it offers beautiful view. The statue of future Buddha is breathtaking.  more »
  • One of the main Monasteries in Leh... Beautiful inside n outside... Lil climbing is required but its worth it  more »
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  • It's a bit of a walk but totally worth it. There are 2 temples inside and the monks there are very friendly and willtell you all about the place. All they way at the top there is a pretty good view
  • Lovely Thiksey Gompha or Monastery, World's third ancient monastery at Leh, Ladakh. If you can negotiate the steep climb to it, you will be breathless with the exertion as well as the beauty of the place. A must see for the visitors.
  • One of the most beautiful and importation monasteries of Ladakh. The Statue of Metriya Buddha in this monastery is the most beautiful in whole Ladakh . The Stupas at the back side with prayer flags are delight for photography. The Puja ceremony early morning will give to you to a good introduction of life of buddhist monks.
  • Travelers who’ve been to Tibet may think they’re seeing things when they look at Thikse Monastery. That’s because the 12-story building resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa, only this Buddhist monastery is located in Ladakh, India. Like its Tibetan inspiration, it’s located at a high elevation: 3,600 meters (11,800 feet). Ladakh’s largest monastery also contains the tallest statue, a 14-meter (45-foot) high depiction of Maitreya, housed in a temple commemorating the visit of the Dalai Lama in 1970. Important Buddhist art, such as stupas and wall paintings, can be found here.
  • Serene atmosphere, beautiful views and very well maintained. Very clean too