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#3 of 53 Places To Visit in Leh
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address
20 kms from Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, 194101, India
contact
+91-194-2472449
entry fee
20
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timings
All days of the week
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
visit duration
3 to 4 hours

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about thiksey monastery

A beautiful, striking 12 storied monastery, Thiksey Gompa not only houses the largest statue of Maitreya Buddha in Leh, but is also the largest monastery in Central Ladakh. Ancient, magnificent and steeped in folklore and legends, Thiksey Monastery's 12 storeys are arranged in the order of significance. While the dwelling units are on the lower floors, the monastery and Chief Lama's official residence are on the uppermost floors. Considered to resemble Potala Palace in its architecture, Thiksey Monastery offers some of the most incredible views of the Indus Valley, and one can easily spot the Matho Gompa in the east, Stok Palace in the south and Shey Palace towards the west. Erected in 1970, and commemorating XIV Dalai Lama's visit to the monastery, the 49 feet statue of Maitreya Buddha seated in a cross legged meditative position, largest in Ladakh, covers two storeys of the monastery. Adorning the walls, rooms and various nooks and crannies of the monastery are murals, stone reliefs, Thangkas, swords, statues and stupas. 

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