Often considered the most beautiful monastery in all of Ladakh, Thiksey Gompa is located about 22 km away from Leh. It belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism. In 1430 AD, the gompa of Thiksey Monastery was built on a hillock by Spon Paldan Sherab. There are many religious objects and shrines located in this monastery. About 250 monks call it home. The Gustor Festival is celebrated from 17th to 19th of the ninth month of Tibetan Calendar. Sacred dances are performed during this time. Also at this site is an ancient temple built by Rinchen Zangpo. Its ruins are dedicated to Goddess Dorje Chenmo.