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Our first stop for the day was Thiksey Monastery, which is located on a top of a hill, around 20 kms from leh. It’s an architecturally rich monastery with number of stupas, thankas, statues and paintings. There is an entry charge of Rs. 30 and you have to climb a lot of steps to reach various sections in the monastery. You can enjoy some splendid view of Leh city from the top. There is a 40 ft high Maitreya Buddha statue and it is alluring. There is a calming vibe in that chamber and we sat inside for few minutes to absorb the positive aura. Tara temple and silver stupa within the monastery are also equally interesting.The morning aarti at 6 am is very popular amongst tourists. Lunch time is from 1.00 to 1.30 pm and 4.00 to 4.30 pm is the tea break. The souvenir shop in the campus on the ground level is very good and decently priced. We picked up few things from there. It is much better to shop for souvenirs from here than the Leh market where you need to have some exceptional bargaining skills.
Thiksey Monastery After spending the day at Pangong, i can say that i have never seen such a beautiful stretch of water in my life. With memories and the pictruesque view, we have left with a happy and content heart. While our journey back we visited Thiksey Monastery. It is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompa containing images, stupas and exquisite wall paintings. It also houses a two - storied statue of Buddha which has the main prayer hall around its shoulder. It offers excellent view of the Indus valley and the whole setting is so calm and peaceful that it puts you in a silent trance.
The biggest monastery in central Ladakh, Thiksey carefully watches over the town of Leh with its magnificent views. On a cloudy day you can see the town enveloped in clouds with a grey hue across the atmosphere. The winds are pure and it is a pleasure to stick around the monastery while the monks and nuns carry on their daily routines. The residents of this monastery in India are extremely friendly. A restaurant near the monastery gate serves delicious food throughout the day; there is a library as well from where you can pick up some ancient books on Buddhism.Where: Ladakh
We then headed to Thiksey Monastery. It is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompa containing images, stupas and exquisite wall paintings. It also houses a two - storied statue of Buddha which has the main prayer hall around its shoulder. We had our lunch in the small restaurant of the monastery itself before leaving (pancake was amazing). We had our lunch in the small restaurant of the monastery itself before leaving (pancake was amazing).
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Back in the city, it was time to get myself acquainted with Buddhism. I was just walking in the monastery when a monk smiled at me and started a conversation. I am so glad that happened. Go there, talk to the monks, and learn something new.
The largest and the most beautiful monastery in central Ladakh, Thiksey Monastery is a major drawcard for developing a better understanding of Buddhist art and culture. This experience will be the most enriching during your Leh Ladakh Road Trip.
Day 2 - Spot 3- Thiskey Monastery : an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village
Day 4 was planned for Nubra Valley & Khardungla Pass. We started early as usual and our first destination was "Thiksay" Monastery. Located on a hilltop in Thiksay village monastery houses many statues, wall-paintings & swords. It contains a 49ft tall statue of Maitreya Buddha, largest statue in laddakh covering two stories of a building. The view from the hilltop is breathtaking & a gr8 place to sit and meditate.
Today, proceed on a full-day excursion visiting Shey Palace, the 15th century summer palace and monastery of Leh's Royal family; the 800 year old gompa at Thiksey built on a hilltop and modelled on the famous Potala Palace in Lhasa. Later, visit Hemis Monastery hidden in a gorge, the largest and wealthiest gompa in Ladakh. Then, visit Stok Palace Museum. The rest of the evening is at leisure. You can enjoy a panoramic view of Leh town from Shanti Stupa, built by the Japanese. Overnight in Leh. (B)Request A Call Back
Thikse Monastery came next. The golden spires of the stupas located outside the entrance seemed to pierce the cottony clouds floating above. The second largest gompa in Ladakh, Thikse houses relics from the golden age of Buddhism ranging from statuettes and paintings to swords and stupas. The Maitreya Buddha statue located inside the twelve-storeyed building is the largest such statue in Ladakh. Besides other ornamental shrines like the one dedicated to Goddess Tara, Thikse has a nunnery and individual huts for the lamas. The monastery offers charismatic views of the Indus valley from its courtyard. We bought a calendar featuring the most visited tourist spots across Ladakh, from the souvenir shop beside the recreation center. It was past noon when we headed towards Hemis monastery. En route we stopped at Spituk. The rattling river bridge going up to the gompa was graced with countless strings of prayer flags, whispering good luck charms to the incessant mountain breeze.
We next visited Thiksey monastery which is just 5-6 kilometers back towards Leh on the same road. It offers excellent view of the Indus valley and the whole setting is so calm and peaceful that it puts you in a silent trance. We were fortunate to see the sun set in the orange and red colored clouds across the horizon and the moon rising on the other side at the same time. Driving through the Leh market, we reached back to our hotel and slept dreaming of the next day’s exciting journey.
Thiksey monastery affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located on top of a hill in Thiksey village, approximately 19 km east of Leh. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh, notably containing a separate set of buildings for female renunciates that has been the source of significant recent building and reorganization. The monastery is located at an altitude of 11,800 ft in the Indus valley. It is a 12-story complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two stories of the building.
It wasn’t love at first sight.Logically, Thiksey Nunnery was supposed be in Thiksey. But the local taxi I took from Leh had already whizzed past the Thiksey Monastery long ago and now I was quite cluelessly sitting inside a Maruti Omni with some Ladakhi women who just gave me a death stare and spoke nothing.
This was our first stop on Day 1 in Leh. Its an old Buddhist monastery situated at a hillock in the outskirts of Leh.
It is located on top of a hill approximately 19 kilometres (12 mi) east of Leh in Ladakh, India. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh, notably containing a separate set of buildings for female renunciates that has been the source of significant recent building and reorganisation.
It is a replica of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The picture is as close as I could get to it. Will visit you soon, Thiksey!
Young monks being notorious.
Thiksey Monastery was a s mesmerizing as I had envisioned it to be. The backdrop of azure blue sky made it look almost mythical.
The monastery is also popularly referred to as 'Mini Potala' of India as it bears a resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Its uniqueness and surrounding landscapes the monastery definitely deserve a visit. Thikse is one of the finest examples of Ladakhi architecture. This Gompa is situated on the top of the hill and forms part of Gelukpa order of Buddhism.