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. Put Thiksey Monastery into our Leh trip itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Leh.
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  • Thiksey is not only gorgeous, set atop a mountain that one can ascend from its rugged northside, but also culturally important, given that it is one of the few local monasteries that openly honors Tar...  more »
  • The monastery is still inhabited by monks of the Buddhist tradition. You can see children living there and only men are allowed. View the corners and sand painting ceremonies forming mandalas is witnessing one of the most ancient sacred rites.
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  • We spent an evening at the monastery. It was great view of Indus river and villages along the valley. The Thiksey monastery is very colourful and we walked up through the houses of monks and small shr...  more »
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  • Leh is the best place I ever seen in my life. The natures beauty is at the top. And the beautiful buildings 👌 is amazing. Landscape are so big that your eyes keep on searching new things. And thikse monastery is one of them. The beauty of the temple is amazing and the view from there is also remarkable (the mountains and the landscape huge landscapes). Best place should visit one's in a life time.
  • One of the oldest monastery..... awesome view from down the road and more colourful from inside.... very huge and colourful Buddha statue inside
  • It is one of the most beautiful and of course one of the easiest to explore monasteries for those who are doing a quick trip to Leh. Having said that, there is a sense of peace which engulfs the place. The visitors should keep that in mind. It’s tranquility shall move you. It’s beautiful and quaint.
  • One of the most beautiful monastery on the top of the hill. If you are on a quick trip and planning to visit some of the best places in Leh then must visit this monastery.
  • I alongwith my wife visited Thiksay Monastery in april-2013. It is the largest Gompa/Monastery in central Ladakh, notably containing a separate set of buildings for female renunciates. It is located at an altitude of around 11,800 ft. in the Indus Valley around 38 kms from Leh city on Leh – Manali road. It is a twelve-story complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. Thikse Monastery is located on a hill slope, its building are arranged in an ascending order of importance and are well spaced, from the foot of the hill housing the dwelling units to the top of the hill enshrining the monasteries and official residence of the chief lama. The architecture of the monastery strongly resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the former official seat of the Dalai Lamas. The Monastery is also known as 'Mini Potala'. The motorable approach road from the valley passes through the east side of the Thikse Monastery's main building. There is statue of the Tibetan protective deity on this path at the entrance at the lower level. The highest level of the complex has a stupa. The monastery runs a beautiful & subsidized restaurant within the monastery complex. Very good north Indian & south Indian dishes are served there with very reasonable price.
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