Besides visiting the world’s highest motorable road (Khardung La) and the beautiful Pangong Lake at 15,000 ft. above sea level, people also go to Ladakh to visit the monasteries in the area which are absolutely the living heritage of Buddhism. Thiksey Monastery is among the most famous monasteries in Ladakh.
Most of the places in Ladakh require hours of driving through rugged mountain terrain but Thiksey Monastery is a nice change of pace as it is just 17 kms. from the leh city.
Thiksey Monastery is about 600 years old and is pierced atop a steep hilltop at about 3,600m (~11,500 ft). It is considered as one of the most beautiful and largest monastery in Ladakh. One of the most famous attraction at the monastery is the 2-storey tall statue of the Buddha of Future, Maitreya.
Thiksey Gompa or Thiksey Monastery ( also transliterated from Ladakhi as Tikse, Tiksey or Thiksey) is a Gompa (monastery) affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Thiksey Monastery is noted for its resemblance to the Patola Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest Gompa in Ladakh, notably having a separate set of buildings for female renunciates that has been the source of its significant building and re-organisation.
Thiskey Monastery is a twelve-storey complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. The Maitreya temple was built as a remembrance for the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to the monastery in 1970.
The monastery is open from 7 AM-7 PM. Photography is allowed inside the monastery but use of flash is strictly prohibited and monks who are meditating should not be disturbed.
There are still many stories to be shared from the Ladakh road trip.
Till then- KEEP TRAVELLING. KEEP WANDERING.