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Thiksey

Thiksey is a quaint village located in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir. Blessed with unparalleled natural beauty, it makes for an ideal weekend getaway for backpackers. A favourite among locals, Thiksey is a popular campsite and terrain hiking destination. The view from the top of the mountain is stunning, with green pastures of alfalfa carpeting the mountain for as far as the eyes can see. Thiksey is also home to the ornate willow tree and a few rare birds. One of the most famous monuments of this regions is the Thiksey Gompa, which is perhaps the largest and oldest monastery in the country. A fine example of Ladakhi architecture, this monastery is propped up on the hill in a layered manner unique to Tibetan engineering.The Gompa boasts of a 14m high statue of Lord Buddha, whose countenance is both serene and mysterious all at the same time. The morning prayer ceremony is one of the most sought after attractions here, with as many as 40 monks taking part in the ritual. The Chum dance of the region is a delightful sight to watch and has deep spiritual significance as well. Flight bookings to Leh are available throughout the year and is perhaps the most convenient mode to reach Leh as well. The security at the Leh airport is quite strict and so one needs to be extra careful while travelling. Leh can also be reached by taking a bus from Jammu and Kashmir or Manali, or by taking a train from Pathankot or Chandigarh.
Ravinder Bishnoi
We thought of staying for one night at this ice desert. So we started our journey to Nubra valley. We visited the school where 3 idiots shooting took place
The Travel Pundit
The City of LehWe started with Shey Palace, Shanti Stupa,Leh Palace, Thiksey Monastery and Rancho's School. Old and beautiful architecture, all marked by a typical wooden carved window frame. Most of these structures are Buddhist inspired and can be spotted as they are surrounded by stupas. These are all spots to be covered on the Leh-Manali Highway.The day was a little tiring as we shifted levels from sea level to 11,000ft swiftly. It took us a day to get acclimatised to the air and weather. Climbing a few flight of stairs got us loosing our breaths. Although this wouldn't be a problem if you have a slower rise i.e a road trip to reach Leh via Srinagar/Manali routes.
The 'Clicking' Nomads
After some very welcome lunch at the cafe, we took a walk around the school & left for the Thiksey Monastery, a 12 storeyed complex, situated on the banks of Indus. The monastery houses various types of Buddhist art forms – flags, stupas, statues, Thangkas, wall paintings & a 49 feet high statue of Maitreya Buddha covering two storeys of the building.Tso Moriri & Tso Kar
Shruti Sidhan
On our return we visited the famous Thiksey Monastery which is simply gorgeous-with beautiful artwork & paintings. There is a flight of about 50 stairs to the top. The prayer bells are all around as you walk up.There is a huge 12ft statue of Buddha which took 3 years to build.