Thiksey Monastery, Leh Ladakh

Thiksey-Monastery

Thiksey Monastery is situated along the Leh-Manali highway at an elevation of 3600 meters in the town of Thiksey in southern Leh. The monastery is strikingly beautiful with its white, red, and yellow hues portraying a colorful edifice against the scenic backdrop. It bears great resemblance to the Potala Palace in Tibet. The 12- storied monastery is home to ten sanctuaries and accommodates 120 monks and nuns. It was constructed by Spon Paldan Sherab in the 15th century and is influenced by the Yellow Hat sect of Buddhism.

The structure is enormous and includes shrines, meditation halls, stupas, as well as housing for monks. It also accommodates a temple of Goddess Dorje Chenmo and features a large statue of Maitreya Buddha within the prayer house. A tall pillar that has engravings of Buddha’s teachings all over it also forms part of this structure. Beautiful and exquisite thangkas, paintings, ancient armaments, relics as well as religious curios embellish the interior of the monastery. Other attractions around this place include the famous Lamokhang Temple and Tara Temple.

You can visit the monastery during October and November as it is the optimal period for visits, after which the route to the monastery is blocked by the heavy snowfall.

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Thiksey Monastery, Leh Ladakh