Thiksey Gompa

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Thiksey Gompa

Thiksey Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery belonging to the Gelugpa sect (Yellow Hat), atop a hill about 20 Kms E of Leh.

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Thiksey Gompa

Located at an altitude of 3600 metres, it is the largest gompa in central Ladakh.

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Main entrance

The roof provides excellent views of the surrounding villages of Shey, Stok, and Matho.

View from Thiksey Gompa
View from the Gompa

The gompa serves as the residence for approximately eighty lamas. The complex includes an elementary school for the local kids. Some of these kids are later selected to become lamas.

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School corridor

It is said that the complex resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibet).

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View from the central courtyard

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View from the main temple

Inside the Gompa
Prayer time

Lamaji
Lamaji

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Prayer book

It houses many items of Buddhist art including statues, thangkas, murals and swords.

Mural
Mural

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Idol

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Idol

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View from the upper floor

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Terrace

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Door leading into the White Tara temple

The Maitreya (future Buddha) temple was installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to this monastery in 1970. It houses the largest (15 m high) Maitreya statue in Ladakh.

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Maitreya

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View of the courtyard from the upper floor

Thiksey Festival Dates

2013 : Nov 20th and 21st
2014 : Nov 9th and 10th

One Response to Thiksey Gompa

  1. Lata Saun July 22, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Awesome place would love to visit it very soon, thanks for the post

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