The Thiksey or Thikse Monastery is positioned near the Leh city. It is basically situated on the hillocks in the Indus valley of Ladakh area. This is one of the largest and the renowned Buddhist monasteries of Tibetan community. It is also famed as- “Thiksey Gompa of Ladakh’ and is a Mini Potala Palace where umpteen monks reside. It is situated on the Top of the Hillock. The monastery covers half of the hill part and the complex has several building blocks which are arranged magnificently. It is sited approx- 20 kilometres southeast of Leh and just off the Leh-Manali Highway.
Thiksey monastery looks similar as small white-washed town with a slightly fairytale look. It is one of the eminent Monasteries where every year n number of worshippers visit and pay homage to Lord-Buddha. The speciality about the temple is the ‘Maitreya Temple’ which is located very near to this Buddha- Place. The temple has a towering 15 meter high statue of Maitreya Buddha and was constructed to venerate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama. Local residents say: There are many small shops and cafe positioned inside the main complex along with an economical hotel on the roadside.
Thikse Monastery is also famed as- Thiksay
Gompa, which is a Gompa of Tibetan Buddhism religion or Buddhist and is way
similar to Potala Palace of Lhasa. It is very famous for its pilgrim and
cultural activities, architectural designs, sightseeing and culture.