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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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  • Beautiful monastery 30 mins drive from Leh. Not to be missed. Monks praying in temples is very nice to see and listen to. 
  • We felt enormous joy twice while visiting this place: once viewing it while entering and then again viewing it while leaving. Such magnificent structure, in the midst of nowhere. It is breathtakingly ...  more »
  • Very nice and very large monastery near Leh. We were there at dawn to watch the puja: as always very engaging. There were many monks, many little boys, perhaps because he was visiting the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama's teacher. In a Hall there is a large Buddha statue. At the entrance of the monastery there is a bar, a souvenir shop and washrooms.
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  • Thiksey monastery lies about 18 km from Leh on the Leh-Manali Highway. The monastery is very old but is well maintained and a fresh coat of paint was being applied at the time of our visit. In one of the prayer halls entirely made up of wood, additional supports had been placed to prop up the roof. There is a giant statue of Buddha reaching to the height of two floors. Should not be missed.
  • Location har kuch hai
  • If there's one Gompa you have to visit in Leh then this is the one. Absolutely amazing both from the outside and inside. Specially the inside because it is a work of Art.
  • Thiksey Gompa, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, sits at 11,800 feet in the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh, India. The picture below effectively illustrates the scope of the immensity of the mountains seen in the background behind the monastery.
  • Beautiful monastery surrounded by breathtaking views. This monastery is definitely a photographer's delight. One has to walk uphill to reach monasatery so be prepared.