19 April 2012

Ladakh: Thiksey Monastery

On our way to Pangong Lake, we had a stopover at Thiksey Monastery, the place which we had skipped while exploring stuffs around Leh. For its uniqueness and surrounding landscapes the monastery definitely deserves a half day visit.

The monastery is located atop a hill. We were very fortunate to have an excellent weather conditions for witnessing panoramic view of the valley from the monastery.

  Maitreya (Future Buddha) Temple at the Monastery. The 15 meters high statue is largest of its kind in Ladakh.

The courtyard of the monastery which has been shooting location for many bollywood movies and Mani Ratnam's Dil Se was one of the first to be shot here.

Prayer wheels besides the steps leading to the monastery. The wheels were freshly painted for upcoming Monastery festival.

Chorten/Stupa: a holy structure with three parts – a square bottom, a circular middle section and a thin cylindrical top portion. Chortens are installed on the approach to monasteries to ward off evil.

 View of 12 storeys monastery complex from the approach road.


  1. wonderful perspectives... still dreaming of getting there :)

  2. Brilliant stuff!