Takthok Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Sakti Village in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is located 46kms away from Leh. Takthok means rock roof. Both walls and roof of this monastery are made up of rock. It belongs to Tibetan Buddhism. More than 55 Lamas resides in this monastery. In Ladakh this is the only Nyingma monastery.
What to see in Takthok Monastery: Main temple of this place is gloomy and so dark. Floor is so sticky. Paintings on the walls of this monastery are covered with grime. It is located in the cave. Another cave is converted into kitchen. Food will be prepared here for the pilgrim who visits this place during the annual festival celebrations. Paintings of four Lords can be seen in the Assembly hall. At the entrance of the monastery, recent paintings can also be seen here. Du-Khang also consists of statues of Padmasambhava, Maitreya and Dorje Takposal.
In 1980, new temple was constructed by 14th Dalai Lama. This was located just below the main gompa complex. In this temple, murals of Padmasambhava can be seen. Paintings of Sakyamuni can also be seen here. In the cave chapel, images of Avalokitesvara and Padmasambhava are situated on the opposite side. Besides this temple a small cave is situated. It is believed that, in that cave Padmasambhava meditated for 3 years. 108 volumes of Kanjur of Buddha’s teachings can be seen here.
What to see around Takthok Monastery:
Leh Palace: In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir armies.
Nubra Valley: It is high altitude desert which is well known for its beauty. This valley separates Karakoram and Ladakh.
Shanti Stupa: It has white domed monument with backdrop of brown mountains.
Stok: This is famous for its Buddhist Monastery. It also acts as gateway for several trekking activities. This is located 14kms away from Leh.
Magnetic Hill: Due to magnetic force of the hill cars will be pulled upwards. It is 27kms away from Leh.
Mangyu Monastery: Major attractions of this monastery are paintings of mandalas, and rare thangkas.
Rizong Monastery: It looks like fortress. This gompa belongs to Gelukpa order of Buddhism.
War Museum: Other name is wall of fame. This museum showcases the war effort and Sacrifice of the Indian Army in its war against Pakistan.
Sankar Gompa: This place is famous for the statue of Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig. This statue has thousands of heads and arms.
Getting to Takthok Monastery: Only way to reach this place is through road way. Before reaching this place one has to reach Leh. This place can be reached either from Srinagar or from Manali. Both routes are mountain routes. Sometimes these routes will be blocked due to landslides. From Leh, Jeeps and Taxis are available to reach this monastery. Bus services to this gompa are very limited. Nearest railway station is located at Kalka. Taxis and Buses are available to reach Manali. Then taxis and buses are available to reach Leh from Manali. Nearest airport is located at Leh.
Getting around Takthok Monastery: This gompa can be explored on foot. From Leh, visitors can see the surrounding places of this gompa via buses and taxis.
Best time to visit Takthok Monastery: Best time to visit this monastery is between June to September.
Where to stay in Takthok Monastery: Very limited options are available to stay at this place. Home stays and guest houses are also available to stay in Takthok Monastery.
Where to eat in Takthok Monastery: Eateries are very limited at this place. Caretakers and PWD guest house people offer meals to the pilgrims of this place.