Thiksey Monastery


Thiksey Monastery (also Thikse and Thiksay Monastery) is a beautiful monastery overlooking the fertile Ladakh valley and the Indus river.

Thiksey Monastery has the beautiful 3 stories tall gilded statue of Maitreya - the future Buddha. There are several masterpieces of art inside the monastery.

Thiksey Monastery courtyard is beautifully decorated in traditional Ladakhi architecture against a backdrop of snow covered mountains.

Thiksey Monastery is conveniently located 45mins from Leh - the capital of Ladakh. It is a 'must see' for any visitor to Leh/Ladakh

Thiksey monastery is part of a huge complex with several temples and places of religious and cultural significance.

The clean, comfortable Chamba hotel located next to the Thiksey monastery is owned and run by the Thiksey Monastery and is one of the best places to stay in Ladakh.

Thiksey Monastery courtyard

Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery courtyard with snow covered mountains in the background

Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery

Life sized gilded statue of Guru Rinpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) at Thiksey Monastery

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Thiksey Monastery

Classic Ladakh - snow covered mountains, cold desert, fertile valleys, and monks

Stupas at Thiksey Monastery


3 of 8 different Stupas (Chorten in Tibetan) at Thiksey monastery. Note the differences in the base of the Stupas

Snow lion at Thiksey Monastery

Snow Lion

Snow Lion in the courtyard of Thiksey monastery

Decoration at Thiksey Monastery


Decoration on the walls of Thiksey monastery

Visiting Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery is a convenient 45min drive from Leh - the main city in Ladakh. There is good choice of accomodation available in Leh. Alternatively, one can stay at the excellent Chamba Hotel at the base of Thiksey monastery and run by the Monastery. Chamba Hotel has traditional Ladakhi architecture.

Chamba hotel at Thiksey Monastery

Chamba Hotel

Chamba Hotel run by Thiksey Monastery

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