Thiksey Monastery in Leh

Thiksey Monastery Overview

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"Thiksey Monastery is an imposing religious edifice, which earns recognition as one of the most spectacular Buddhist shrines of Ladakh. It is affiliated to the Gelug lineage that forms a part of the Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Built by Sherab Zangpo at Stakmo, this shrine was reconstructed by his nephew Spon Paldan Sherab in AD 1430 at its present location. In present times, this monastery is believed to be headed by the reincarnation of Skyabsje Khanpo Rinpoche. The annual Gustor Festival, organised in the 9th month of Tibetan Calendar, attracts devotees from near and far.

The architecture of this monastery incorporates elements of Ladakh's typical architectural style. It has a towering structure of 12 storeys, which consists of stupas, monastic residences, prayer halls and small shrines. It also has a large engraved pillar, which features teachings of Lord Buddha. Lakhang Nyerma – a temple dedicated to Goddess Dorje Chenmo is an important part of the gompa. A 15 m seated statue of Buddha is enshrined in the main prayer hall of the monastery. The interiors of this monastery are decorated with colourful thangkas, wall paintings and swords, among others. Artefacts and religious relics are well-preserved in this Buddhist shrine."

  • Opening Closing Time 07:00 am – 07:00 pm. Open all days

  • Photo Opp

    Situated atop a hillock, the Thiksey Monastery offers a commanding view of its surroundings. Visitors can click several pictures of the monastery as well as the beautiful panorama it offers.
  • Movie Connect

    Thiksey Monastery has been featured in several Bollywood films and song sequences. Satrangi Re, a song from Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala starrer Dil Se (1998), was shot at this monastery. Another song that has been filmed at the Thiksey Gompa is Falak Tak from Tashan (2008) – starring Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan. This monastery also appears in certain scenes of the critically-acclaimed movie Frozen (2008).
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 20

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Leh-Manali Highway, Thiksey, 194201, Jammu and Kashmir