Monastery is located 19 kilometres from Leh, the capital town of Ladakh. It is
situated on a hillock overlooking the Indus Valley with full view of the magnificent
Stok range. Spon Palden Sherab with his Master Jangsem Sherab Zang, one of the
six contemporary disciples of Lord Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelugpa school of
Tibetan Buddhism, responsible for the dissemination of his teachings to the
remote provinces founded Thiksay monastery in 1433 AD. Tsongkhapa once prpohesied: My doctrine will flourish along the right side of the Indus River.
This prophecy came to realization with the establishment of the first Gelugpa monastery
at Thiksay followed by many other large-scale monasteries belonging to the same
order such as Spituk and Likir monasteries, all located on the right side of
the Indus River. Jangsem Sherab Zangpo had initially built a temple called
Lhakhang Serpo (Yellow Temple) prior to Thiksay Monastery.