Monastery Circuit is one of the most famous areas in Ladakh. Many Buddhist Gompas such as the Pharka Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Matho Monastery and Hemis Monastery lie in this region. The Hemis Monastery is one of the largest Monasteries in Ladakh and enshrines one of the biggest statues of Buddha.
The statue of Buddha is shown to people only once in every 11 years. Painted with vivid colours, the Thiksey Gompa is one of the noted Monasteries in the region with its 12 storied structure and magnificent entrance where a 15 m tall statue sits.