On the way to Hemis gompa around 19 km from the town of Leh, Thiksay monastery is a very imposing structure that provides a panoramic view of the green Indus Valley from its vantage point on top of the hill. Thiksay monastery is located at an altitude of 11,800 feet above sea-level. Thiksay monastery has chambers full of statues, stupas and thankas. There are 60 resident lamas and the library is one of the biggest in Ladakh. Thiksay gompa was built in the 15th century. There is a newly built temple of Maitreya which is situated above the main courtyard. This temple was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1980. The temple is built around a gigantic statue of Avalokiteshwara (the future Buddha) seated in the lotus position. The murals on the walls depict scenes from the life of Buddha. The roof top of Thiksay gompa provides a good view of the villages, the terraced fields, Shey and Stok villages to the North west, Matho and Stakna towards its south. To reach Thiksay monastery, a metaled road branches off from the main highway towards the west and after taking a ‘U’ curve, one arrives at the entrance of the monastery near a car park. There is an annual festival that is held in Thiksay monastery premises which is known as the Gustor ritual and is held from the 17th to the 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar generally during the months of October or November. During this festival sacred dances such as the Cham dance also know as the maks dance are performed as a part of this ritual. Another special feature of this festival is the trade fair held at the base of the monastery, in which villagers from all over Ladakh assemble to barter and trade goods. The morning prayers are at 7 am, with synchronized chanting of the Buddhist Sutras at the monastery, attracts many devotees and worshipers to observe the service. Thiksay monastery has an entry fee of Rs 20. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... 14 Responses Backpackers Road Trip Around Leh-Ladakh via Manali & Srinagar in 10 Days | The Land Out There September 4, 2015 […] the Monasteries of Shey – Thiksay – […] Reply Backpackers road trip around Leh-Ladakh in Nine Days via Kashmir | The Land Out There June 14, 2015 […] breakfast, leave for local sight seeing by car to visit Shey– Thiksay – […] Reply Backpackers Winter Road Trip Around Leh-Ladakh in Six Days | The Land Out There April 23, 2015 […] breakfast visit the famous monasteries of Hemis, Thiksey and […] Reply Savio Reed March 22, 2014 Very good description of the place and nice pictures. Really liked the write up Reply Allen James March 22, 2014 Nice write up and very good work on the pictures. Reply Manisha Kumari March 22, 2014 Thank you a lot for sharing this with all of us you really recognize what you’re speaking about! Reply Kunal Seth March 18, 2014 Hey very nice site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Superb .. I will bookmark this site and I am glad to find so many helpful info here within the post, we want work out extra strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . . Reply Berry Allen March 18, 2014 Nice write up about the place. Very nice pictures too Reply Where the Dosmoche festival is held: Diskit monastery, Nubra Valley | The Land Out There February 23, 2014 […] constructed in Tibetan style and boasts of murals and frescos. This gompa was given to Rimpoche of Thiksey monastery during the 18th century. Diskit gompa is still under the management of the Thiskey monastery and is […] Reply Backpacking through the entire Trans Himalayan region in 26 days | The Land Out There January 29, 2014 […] Spalgiri – 3 Idiot school Sindguard – Shey – Thiksay – […] Reply 20 days in the Trans Himalayan Range | The Land Out There January 29, 2014 […] Spalgiri – 3 Idiot school Sindguard – Shey – Thiksay – […] Reply Backpackers road trip through Ladakh & Zanskar Valley in 18 days | The Land Out There January 29, 2014 […] Spalgiri – 3 Idiot school Sindguard – Shey – Thiksay – […] Reply Backpackers road trip through the Trans Himalayan trail in 15 days | The Land Out There January 29, 2014 […] Spalgiri – 3 Idiot school Sindguard – Shey – Thiksay – […] Reply Backpacker’s road trip around Ladakh in 14 days | The Land Out There January 29, 2014 […] the Monasteries of Shey- Thiksay- Hemis- stok. […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.