Thiksey Monastery, Leh

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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  • August 18, 2017
    If we need to do an it's this one... after the effort of the climb you will be surprised by beautiful statues and beautiful colors.
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  • August 17, 2017
    there are many things: butter tea, 100+ years wall paintings, lamas, small gates and buddha's different avatar of years and shopping. one would definitely love one or other.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    We went to visit this beautiful monestaey in the morning at 6:30 AM to attend the prayer ceremony. It was so peaceful and meditative. We were in trance with the whole aura.  more »
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  • July 15, 2017
    A very beautiful monastery and by far worthy of a visit. Taking the stairs up ads to the experience. Easy to get to by taxi.
  • June 24, 2017
    A very spiritual place, always very peaceful. Abe being in Ladakh adds to its overall charm. The statue of Buddha and the entire monastery itself look to be royal. The view from the top is stunning, you can see huge landscapes of Ladakh desert and distant snowy mountains.
  • June 29, 2017
    It's a bit of a walk but totally worth it. There are 2 temples inside and the monks there are very friendly and will tell you all about the place. All they way at the top there is a pretty good view!
  • July 9, 2017
    Thikse is one of the beautiful and main monastery in leh, Beautiful place with amazing surroundings. Just hike nearby mountain to enjoy amazing surrounding of the monastery.
  • July 2, 2017
    Rumi once said "When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy."that is exactly how we felt when we visited the Thiksey Gompa. The most fortunate thing was that there was nobody in the monastery except us. We could never find ourselves at more peace. The group split for the firdst time in the journey and everyone became a wnderer. I found my own corner and kept gazing around. There was so much beauty to this place that suddenly feel envy of the people who live there. There is so much peace that you'll never want to leave this place. The entire leh valley looked like paradise from here. The small tunnels that open out to various parts of the monastery surprise you. How were monks able to build a place like this?? The stairs will suck the last gasp of oxygen from your lungs but I bet you won't stop from exploring this place entirely. Such a beautiful place to be, such a pretty sight.

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