Petit Futé's opinion on THIKSEY MONASTERY
Behind the entrance to the Monastère monastery is a restaurant, a guesthouse and a souvenir shop (right on the left). Then you turn up to school and the different temples.
It is one of the most active monasteries in the region. Built in the th century, its architecture is admirable. It houses a community of 90 monks, mainly from Zanskar, the Nubra Valley and Changtang, and moinillons from the age of 8-10.
Chanpakhang Temple open from 8 am to 13 pm and from 14 pm to 18 pm. You can admire a magnificent statue of Buddha Maitreya (future Buddha) in sitting position. Blessed by the Dalai Lama in 1980, it is more than 12 m high. Its construction has hired 30 people working continuously for 3 years. The statue is only thirty years old, but the mural frescoes are much older.
. At the Sommet summit you can visit a very ancient library full of Buddhist manuscripts. In the courtyard, take the time to observe the colourful murals depicting the deities.
Museum open from 8 a. m. to 13 p. m. and from 14 p. m. to 18 p. m., entrance: 30 Rs. It features beautiful tantric objects.
And don't forget the Kutong Lhakang, which contains two silver stupas and sacred relics, the Dolma Lhakang, then the Dukhang Lhakang (or Hall of Assembly) and finally the Gonkhang (protectors temple). In the morning, the ceremony is open to the public wishing to gather. In the high season, tourists affluent.
The Gustor festival takes place every year in March. He celebrates the triumph of the Good of Evil. Magnificent view to admire the Indus valley.
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