The region’s only Nyingmapa monastery, Takthog's name means ‘stone roof’, referring to a pair of small but highly revered cave shrines where the great 8th-century sage Padmasambhava supposedly meditated. These smoke-blackened prayer chambers are at the top of the monastery’s attractive older section.

The monastery is beside the recently upgraded road that leads to the Nubra Valley across the Wari La. That's the third lane in quick succession to branch off the Karu–Pangong road at around Km10.