Tiksey Monastery about 20 kms from Leh is an imposing monastery and one of the finest example of Ladakhi architecture. This Gompa is situated on the top of the hill and forms part of Gelukpa order. The 12 storey monastery complex contains numerous stupas, statues, thankas, wall paintings, swords and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings. The main prayer hall has a 15 mt high seated Buddha figure. The successive reincarnation of the Skyabje Khampo Ringpoche act as incharge of the monastery.
Thiksey festival is held from 17th to 19th day of the 12th month.
Monasteries in Leh Ladakh
The entire valley of Leh is dotted with monasteries and is amongst the prime attractions of Leh. the monasteries in Leh houses rich collections of Buddhist relics like thankas, murals, sculptures and scriptures. Generaly located in isolated locations atop hills overlooking the settlements monasteries of Leh lend an air of tranquility and calm to the beautiful valleys of Leh. Most of the monasteries in Leh is also located in the most beautiful locations making a visit to the monastery even more attractive to travelers.
Located just above the flood plains of the Shyok River in Diskit village Diskit Gompa was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Shanti Stupa built by 'The Japanese for World Peace', within the Leh town is probably one of the most visited spots in Leh city.
Shey monastery and palace is located 15 kilometers from Leh town on the Leh - Manali road. Shey palace and the monastery was built in the sixteenth century AD. The monastery enshrines the Du Khang with an almost 10 meter high gilder copper statue of Lord Buddha. Two festivals are celebrated in Shey monastery and palace - Metuka festival in July and Shey Shublas festival in August.
Located on the main Kargil Leh highway between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che on a steep rock mountain, Lamayuru of Red-Hat sect of Buddhism is amongst the oldest monateries in Leh Ladakh. Lamayuru is about 125 kms from Leh town and can be visited on the way to Leh from Srinagar.
Of the Drukpa Lineage Korzok monastery is located on the western banks of Tso Moriri atop a hill. Korzok monatery at an altitude of 4,595 metres houses a Shakyamuni Buddha statue. Gu-stor festival is held at the monastery and attracts many visitors.