Thiksey Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery belonging to the Gelugpa sect (Yellow Hat), atop a hill about 20 Kms E of Leh.
Located at an altitude of 3600 metres, it is the largest gompa in central Ladakh.
The roof provides excellent views of the surrounding villages of Shey, Stok, and Matho.
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.
It is said that the complex resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibet).
View from the central courtyard
View from the main temple
It houses many items of Buddhist art including statues, thangkas, murals and swords.
View from the upper floor
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.
View of the courtyard from the upper floor
Thiksey Festival Dates
2013 : Nov 20th and 21st
2014 : Nov 9th and 10th