Thiksey Gompa is one of the largest and oldest monasteries of the Ladakh region. The structure of the monastery is the finest example of Ladakhi architecture and it dates back to 600 years ago. This gompa was founded by Paldan Sherab and belongs to Yellow Hat sect. e is situated about 17 km from the town of Leh and commands a breathtaking view of Indus River. The 123 storey monastery complex has around 10 temples with plenty of stupas, thangka, weapons, statues, wall paintings and a large pillar engraved with teachings of Buddha. Around 100 Gelugpa monks reside in the monastery.
Thiksey Festival or Thiksey Gustor is the annual festival of this monastery, which is held from 17th to 19th day of the 12th month of Tibetan Calendar. Cham dance or masked dance forms the important part of the festival.