Nestled in the heart of Ladakh, just 20 km south of Leh, lies the majestic Thiksey Monastery. Perched atop a hill, this Tibetan-style beauty boasts breathtaking views of the Indus Valley and the surrounding town.
With its white buildings arranged in a hierarchical manner, Thiksey Monastery resembles the famous Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
The highlight of this religious gem is the Maitreya Temple, which houses a massive 15-meter high Maitreya Buddha statue – the largest of its kind in Ladakh. The temple covers two stories of the building and is a must-visit for all who come to Thiksey. The monastery is home to over 100 monks and comprises of 10 temples, each filled with Buddhist stupas, thangkas, swords, wall paintings, and statues. The Tara Temple, Lamokhang Temple, Assembly Hall, Nunnery, Library, and the rooftop are other key attractions to check out.
Before entering the grounds, take a moment to admire the size and grandeur of the monastery. The vibrant colors of the buildings and the serenity of the surrounding hills are sure to leave you in awe. Although the monastery requires a bit of a climb, it’s totally worth it! Allow yourself 45 minutes to an hour to explore this tranquil haven. The sounds of the Buddhist chant of ‘Om Mani…’ will resonate in your heart as you visit this sacred site.
From the top of the Monastery, you’ll be treated to magnificent 360 degree views that are sure to leave you in awe. However, do plan your timing carefully as there are not many eateries nearby. The only restaurant inside the compound serves limited options and takes a while to serve your order. Women are not allowed in the Lamokhang Temple. But, there are two cafes in the complex that you can visit.
Thiksey Monastery is the perfect place to spend a relaxing half-day and find inner peace. You can also combine your visit with Hemis Monastery, Stakna Monastery, Matho Monastery, and Shey Palace and Monastery for an even more comprehensive Ladakh experience. . This picture-perfect destination is well-maintained and a must-visit on your Ladakh itinerary. Let your soul find solace in the serenity of Thiksey Monastery.”