Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas, is the capital of the Leh region in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Originally a stop for trading caravans, Leh is now known for its Buddhist sites and nearby trekking areas. Massive 17th-century Leh Palace, modeled on the Dalai Lama’s former home (Tibet’s Potala Palace), overlooks the old town’s bazaar and mazelike lanes.
Offering sweeping views from a peak above the town, Namgyal Tsemo is a circa-1430 monastery with a gilded Buddha statue. Also known for its views is Shanti Stupa, a contemporary, white-spired Buddhist reliquary. Other area monasteries include Thikse, a tiered group of hillside buildings filled with Tibetan shrines, statues, and other art. South of Leh, the Indus River, and its Zanskar River tributary are known for white-water rafting on runs through scenic gorges. Trekking expeditions visit the higher altitudes of the Indus Valley area, including the 5,359m-elevation Khardung La pass.
Things To Do In Ladakh
1. Nubra Valley
Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the northeast of Ladakh valley. Diskit, the headquarter of eponymous Subdivision and also of Nubra tehsil, is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh Administrative Division, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra.
2. Thikse Monastery
Thikse Gompa or Thikse Monastery is a gompa affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located on top of a hill in Thiksey approximately 19 kilometres east of Leh in Ladakh, India.
3. Leh Palace
Leh Palace is a former royal palace overlooking the town of Leh, Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas. The palace was constructed circa 1600 by Sengge Namgyal. The palace was abandoned when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh in the mid-19th century and forced the royal family to move to Stok Palace.
4. Shanti Stupa
Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white-domed stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh, in the north India. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission. The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama.