Thiskey Monastery is one of the major tourist attractions in Ladakh and is visited by lots of tourists from far and near. As it was about 706 km from Jammu and took about 13 hours to reach, we arranged for the journey at night so that we can reach the place by morning and come back in the evening. We reached Leh and had our breakfast, and then reached the monastery within 45 minutes. The monastery was a massive structure of 12 storeys and looked very magnificent from far. It is open for the public from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm on all days of the week and the entry fee is Rs. 20 per person.
Thiksey Monastery | Image Resource : commons.wikimedia.org
The monastery is the largest monastery in Ladakh and consists of 10 temples and a large assembly hall. It accommodates 120 monks and also a nunnery. The architecture of the monastery is very similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and therefore it is often called ‘Mini Potala’. The monastery is built on a hill slope and the buildings are arranged according to their importance. The dwelling units are found on the lower floors while on the upper floor you will find the monastery and the official residence of the Chief Lama.
Prayer Wheel at Thiksey Monastery | Image Resource : panoramio.com
One of the main attractions here is the large statue of Maitreya Buddha, which is about
49 ft in height and covering two storeys of the monastery. Here Buddha is seated cross legged, in a meditative posture. The Tara Temple, dedicated to Goddess Tara, also attracts lots of tourists.
The Morning Prayer at the monastery attracts huge crowd of people from the nearby town of Leh. The rooms and the walls of the monastery are decorated with murals, stupas, statues, swords, stone
reliefs and so on. We came across many monks in the monastery, who were very friendly and talked with us, providing us with more information on the place.
Stupas in Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh | Image Resource :
From the top of the monastery we had a spectacular view of the Indus Valley and some of the smaller monasteries in the place. The place was very calm and serene and filled our minds
with peace and happiness.
Indus Valley | Image Resource : worldisround.com