Thiksey Monastery (Gompa), Ladakh, India

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About Thiksey Monastery (Gompa)

Thiksey monastery which is also known as Thikse Gompa is a beautiful Buddhist gompa belonging to the Gelukpa order of Buddhism. Located at just 19km east from Leh city, it is easily accessible via Leh-Manari road. It is located between the icy deserts of Leh and Ladakh. Thiksey monastery, Ladakh's largest Tibetan monastery, contains several stupas, statues, and other Buddhist artifacts on its 12 storey structure. 

Due to the unique location and surrounding snow-capped mountains, thousands of tourists from all over the world visit. The presence of a serene environment, as well as the fusion of contemporary architecture and craftsmanship, add to the overall beauty. Thiksey Monastery is best visited between the months of May and October. The weather is pleasant, and the roads to Ladakh are open at that time.

 

How to reach Thiksey Monastery

By Air 

The nearest airport to Thiksey monastery in Leh, from which you can take a cab or taxi to the monastery. Although the monastery is well served by bus, other modes of public transportation can also be used to get there. It will take you about 30-35 minutes to get to the monastery.

By Train 

The nearest railway station to Leh is Kalka. After that, you can take a variety of buses or taxis to Thiksey monastery.

By Road

Thiksey Monastery is easily accessible by car and bus. It is a simple day trip from Leh. Bus services are only frequent during the festival; otherwise, a single daily service departs at 9.00 a.m. and returns at 5:00 p.m.

 

Things to do in Thiksey Monastery

1. Sightseeing 

Thiksey Monastery is the best place for sightseeing because it is surrounded by tourists all year. This location's natural beauty is amazing and exceptional.

2. Photography

Another popular tourist activity in this area is photography. The area is surrounded by some incredible places that you have only seen in movies or in your dreams.

3. Know about their Culture 

Apart from tourism people also come here for knowing about the monastery's culture and tradition.

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