Located less than 20 kms from the Leh town, the Maitreya budha statue probably is the most photographed statue of the Buddha of the future! A 15 metres (49 ft) high statue it took 4 years to craft.
Located to the north of Indus river on a hilltop Thiksey monastery built in 1430 AD belongs to Gelukpa Order of Buddhism.
Lakhang Nyerma a temple dedicated to Goddess Dorje Chenmo is within the Thiksey monastery. Apart from Lakhang Nyerma there are a few more shrines inside the monastery complex. Thiksey Gompa hosts the Gustor ritual, organized from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar. Celebrated on an annual basis the sacred mask dance is also performed during the Gustor ritual.