'The winter light in my few days exploring the Indus Valley near #Leh in #Ladakh was at times spectacular, and I spent an enlightened morning in prayer with the monks at #thiksemonastery – seen here above the partly frozen great #Indusriver .' – @footloosefotography -- That's all for this weekend's #lpinstatakeover ! Check out @footloosefotography for more of Andrew's images. #india
Got up really early today to attend the morning prayer in Thikse monastery. What an amazing experience ! We arrived half an hour early, and admired the beautiful view. These kids were checking out the drone flying around. #storiesfromleh#thikse#incredibleindia
The statue of Maitreya Buddha at Thikse is two storeys tall.One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya (future Buddha) Temple erected to commemorate visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to this monastery in 1970. It contains a 15 metres (49 ft) high statue of Maitreya Buddha, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two stories of the building.He is unusually portrayed as seated in the lotus position rather than his usual representations as standing or in a sitting posture on a high throne. It is the largest Buddha statue in the monastery, and took four years to build. It was made by the local artists under the master Shilp Guru Nawang Tsering of Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (Leh) - in clay, gold paint and copper.
Thiksay Gompa or Thiksay Monastery (also transliterated from Ladakhi as Tikse, Tiksey or Thiksey) is a gompa (monastery) affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located on top of a hill in Thiksey village, approximately 19 kilometres (12 mi) east of Leh in Ladakh, India. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh, notably containing a separate set of buildings for female renunciates that has been the source of significant recent building and reorganisation.
The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) in the Indus Valley. It is a twelve-story complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya Temple installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to this monastery in 1970; it contains a 15 metres (49 ft) high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two stories of the building. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
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#Ladakh is a #mountainous region in the disputed northwest #Jammu and #Kashmir area in north India and in the area known as the #TransHimalaya , (the lands beyond the #Himalaya : Tibet, #Xinjiang and northern Pakistan). It's slightly smaller than #Scotland , the settled population live between 2700m and 4500m, and nomadic encampments even higher, and it's the largest and the least populated region of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ladakh has a large selection of mid-range accommodation, with some offering decent value. Visitors coming from #Manali might find the selection somewhat limited, with attached bathrooms offering hot water somewhat hard to find. There are very few, if any, touts that are so common elsewhere in India, so looking around for #accommodation here is much easier and less stressful.
The #ThikseMonastery is a popular attraction. This #monastery is the largest such structure in central Ladakh and is primarily known for its magnanimous statue of #Maitreya in its Maitreya Temple. This statue is 15 m (49 ft) high and the largest such statue in Ladakh. The #Buddha is unusually portrayed as seated in the lotus position rather than his usual representations as standing or in a sitting posture on a high throne.
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----- A young #monk takes time out from his early morning duties to take in the view of the Indus Valley from #thiksemonastery near #Leh in #Ladakh#India