Thiksey Monastery Overview

A significant symbol of the pride and glory of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Thiksey Gompa is located on a hilltop at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level. It is the largest monasteries in Ladakh and it must be part of your Ladakh Packages, towering 12 stories high, that is surrounded by the dreamlike beauty of the snow-capped mountains and panoramic views of Indus Valley.

Located in the Eastern region of Leh, Thiksey Monastery is one of the most beautiful Tibetan Buddhist style monasteries in India. At a height of around 3600 metres above sea level, it is situated in between the cold deserts of Leh and Ladakh. Known to be the largest Tibetan monastery in Ladakh, Thiksey monastery houses several stupas, statues and other Buddhist artefacts in its 12 storey structure. There are various sections which you can visit in the monastery, each of which has a distinct style of architecture.

Thiksey Monastery, also known as Thiksey Gompa is a Buddhist monastery, located approximately 19 kilometres east of Leh. The temple has a 15-meter-tall statue of Maitreya Buddha, which covers around two storeys of the building. This gompa is a must-see location on your journey to Ladakh because of its stunning architecture, peaceful environment, and important cultural and historical background.


• One of the most beautiful and largest monasteries in central Ladakh, Thiksey Gompa is located atop a hill overlooking the cold deserts of Leh.
• Often referred to as the ‘Mini Potala’ of India, the monastery resembles the grand Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
• A colossal statue of ‘Maitreya’ Buddha, which is approximately 49 ft high, can be seen from afar while visiting this 12 storey towering structure of Thiksey Gompa.
• The buildings of Thiksey Monastery have been constructed in a hierarchical manner, where each building holds different significance and serves a distinct purpose.

How To Reach

1. By Car: The Thiksey Monastery is located approximately 17 kilometres from the Leh City Center and the car journey takes around 25 to 30 minutes. You can hire a cab or drive yourself to the Monastery from there.

2. By Bus: Buses depart from the JK SRTC bus stand every 15 minutes. It will take you approximately one hour to reach Thiksey by bus from here. 

Best Time To Visit

1) Best Time of the Week: Plan a visit to the monastery during the weekdays as weekends attract large crowds.

2) Best Time of the Day: The best time to visit Thiksey Monastery is early morning or late afternoon. During these times, the crowds are less and you can explore the monastery peacefully. 

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How old is Thiksey Monastery?

Thiksey monastery started to be built during the mid 15th century. Thus, it is more than 5 centuries old.

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Who built Thiksey Monastery?

Thiksey monastery was built by Palden Zangpo and some of his disciples after receiving a divine indication. it is believed that palden Zangpo and his disciples were guided by two crows who carried the holy torma to Thiksey which indicated them to construct the monastery at this spot.

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What is the opening time of Thiksey Monastery?

Thiksey monastery opens at 7 AM in the morning from March to October. The monastery remains closed from November to February because of intense snowfall.

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Can We stay at Thiksey Monastery?

Yes, you can stay at the monastery at nominal charges. There is no specific procedure for booking rooms. You just need to go to the reception and ask about accommodation.

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When is the annual festival held in Thiksey Monastery?

The annual festival of thiksey monastery, known as the Gustor ritual, is held in the month of October or November depending on the auspicious days according to the Tibetan calendar.

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