A different form of Himalayan utopia, Leh-Ladakh is a heaven on earth offering spiritual high to the travellers through the uplifting Monastery Circuits. The endless discoveries of Ladakh begin through its capital-Leh. A crowning glory to the beauty of India, travelling in Leh features an expansive panorama of cold deserts, the glowing moon, double hump camel safaris and picturesque lakes and rivers. Comprising of the Karakoram and the Great Himalayas, Leh also constitutes a major adventure tourism circuit. The city is dominated by former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, Leh Palace, and Thiksey Gompa, the most beautiful monastery featuring in the region. Tour to Leh is incomplete without whitewater rafting at River Zanskar, Trekking, Polo and watching performances at monastery symbolizing destruction of evil spirits.
Major Tourist Locations
Modeled on the architectural designs of Potala Palace in Tibet, Leh Palace is the most noticeable monument in Leh. Built in 17th Century, the palace offers grand and unrestricted views of Leh and its surrounding areas including Zangskar mountain range towards the south and the Ladakh mountain range forming the palace’s backdrop.
Leh is dotted with a number of monasteries or Buddhist Gompas. The oldest monastery - Lamayuru, Thiksey, Shey, Hemis and Spituk - all belong to Leh. Hundreds of monks reside in these monasteries and train young monks in this heavenly city.
Built by Japanese monks in 1991 to promote world peace, Shanti Stupa is a white domed Buddhist stupa built over the hilltop in Leh. The site is popular not only because of its religious importance, but also offers stunning views of Leh.
Best time to visit - July to September
How to get there
By Air Leh Airport connects Ladakh to all major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Srinagar and Jammu.
By Motor Cycle Recently Bike Trips from Leh Manali Highway have become very popular to Leh-Ladakh.
The present residence of the Ladakh’s Royal family, Stok Palace is 17 km away from Leh and features an interesting ensemble of beautiful gardens with striking ancient and modern art. Inside the palace, Stok Museum exhibits a collection of royal attires, crown and other royal materials.
Pangong Tso is beautiful lake surrounded by tall Himalayan peaks with deep blue waters. Situated at a height of 4,350 m, the lake is 134 km long. Though most of the lake lies in China, the lake extends towards Tibet. Alongside the lake, one can drive on to the world’s third highest motorable road Chang-la.
Shey (15 km), Lamayuru (75 km), Srinagar (256 km),
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