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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  • Not too far from Leh, Ladakh, this monastery is interesting architecturally as it resembles Potala Palace in Tibet. It is also a Tibetan Buddhist monastery with active monk community, including...  more »
  • A great way to slowly enter the high altitude world and prepare yourself for some solitude. The monastery is beautiful and the monks welcome you into their prayer services, letting you experience...  more »
  • I visited Thiksey in 1988 and it was very interesting then but a little run down. It has now be renovated and is even a better place to visit. Still has the great views of the Leh Valley and...  more »
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  • Just fell in love with this place and I feel no one should miss out in visiting this monastery. The monastery is situated at a very good height and so it provides spectacular views from its terrace. From the time you enter till the time you reach the top you get flooded with beautiful scenic views where you can take pit stops to take great captures. There is a huge Buddha statue in the middle of the monastery or the main praying hall which is about three to four stories in height. We nearly spent 3 hours and had to leave because it was getting dark but we could have spent more time if we had the scope for the same. Just an amazing serene place to quitely imbibe the mesmerizing and breathtaking views of the Himalayas spread 360 degrees around the monastery.
  • Beautiful monastery, a must visit during Leh-Ladakh tour. There is a nice restaurant in this monetary. I tried local dishes and all were fantastically testy, one must try them out here. There are shops in this complex, but I found them expensive. It will take minimum one hour to visit this place and be careful not to rush climbing steps, take it slowly, do not forget that you are at high altitude. If you walk too fast there are chances of getting hospitalized for sure.
  • I have visited Leh two times and both time I have watched sunset from the topmost roof of Thiksay Monestry. Monastry in itself is big , peaceful and amazing. View from the roof top the monastry is breathtaking. I have uploaded a 360. Pic to share the experience
  • Fabulous place for everyone to visit. There is also a very good restaurant at the main entrance that has nice interiors and views. The food is good too. The monastery had a huge statue of Buddha inside and the views from the top are awe inspiring. Must visit. You can easily spend 3 hours here
  • Very beautiful, neat and clean, slient, peaceful place to meditate. I went in jan19 and find this place awesome. They should open washroom in winters also as one can't wait for natures call.

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