Tags : Buddhist Temple
Timings : May - November: 7 AM - 7 PM
The monastery remains closed from November to April
Entry Fees : INR 30 per person
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Thiksey Monastery is a tibetan-style monastery located 20km south of Leh, on Leh Manali highway. The twelve-storey monastery is located on top of a hill, giving magnificent views of the town and the Indus valley below. The main highlight of Thiksey is the Maitreya Temple which houses a 15-metre high Maitreya Buddha statue. It covers two-stories of the building and is the largest such statue in Ladakh.
Thiksey consists of numerous white buildings that are arranged in hierarchical order, which stand out against the rocky golden brown hills. It resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Thiksey consists of 10 temples and is currently home to over a 100 monks. The monastery houses Buddhist stupas, thangkas, swords, wall paintings and statues. Other main attractions at Thiksey are Tara Temple, Lamokhang Temple, Assemnly Hall, Nunnery, Library and the rooftop. The monastery also serves as a residential monastery for monks.
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