Leh is the administrative capital of newly formed Union Territory of Ladakh which is a major centre of connectivity to this harsh terrain and barren area. It is connected by air from Delhi & by Road from Srinagar and Manali. Even though it is a small city and new to modern amenities, Leh is a bustling city and has gained an ascent on the World tourist Map. You will get to see people from all parts of the world visiting this beautiful city, especially during the summer months to experience the culture, see the best of places to visit In Leh and activities this region has to offer.
1. Leh Palace
This royal palace of King Dynasties in Leh is also known as ‘LlachenPalkhar’. One of the tallest buildings in its time offers some of the best views of the city. Bets Places to visit In Leh.This is also a major landmark ‘The Khar’ was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. This magnificent palace used to be a residence of the king and his family until 19th century when the Kashmiris invaded the area. The view from here is picturesque with mountains on all sides and the valley view of the city.
2. Leh Main Market
Visit this colourful warm market of Leh from where you can pick some curios and souvenirs. The lively market offers some or the other form of tangible memories for every kind of traveller, which can be carried back home as a memory. Some of the main markets in the city are Tibetan Market off Old Leh Road for clothes, Moti Market near the Leh bus stand. Negotiation is a common practice in open markets, your skills at bargaining will fetch you the price at which you can buy the items. Some good venues for shopping include – Ladakh Art Palace on the Main Bazaar Road, Ecology Centre in Changspa, Women’s Alliance in Changspa, Ladakh Environment and Health Organization on the Main Bazaar Road, Tibetan Handicraft Community Showroom in Choglamsar, Tibetan Handicraft Emporium on the Main Bazaar Road, Cottage Industries Exposition in Changspa and a few others.
3. Shanti Stupa
This magnificent Tibetain structure stands hardly at a distance of 5km from the city of Leh. The white dome situated atop a hilltop is popular for its architectural beauty. This raws attraction fo every tourist visiting the city of Leh, offering some of the best views of the city and areas surrounding. views from here are something enchanting one must witness on a full moon night illuminating the snow-peaked mountains all around. Shanti Stupa was inaugurated by his holiness The Dalai Lama in 1985 which was part of Peace Sect’ of Japanese Buddhist Organization. This dome also commemorates the completion of 2500 years of Buddhism and promoting world peace, also portrays the life stories of Buddha on the gilt panels on the white dome. One of the must Visit Places to visit in Leh.
4. Sankar Gompa
This is a beautiful monastery named Sankar Monastery located at about 6km from Leh. This monastery known to be the subsidiary of Spituk Monastery is home to the senior incarnate Lama of Ladakh, the Abbot of Spituk, along with 20 other monks who learn the culture and traditions of Buddhism. This is marked with Buddha’s three images of past, present, and future along with 108 teachings of Buddha. You will be witnessing some pictures of unknown Gods protecting the four quarters of heaven, a throne belonging to the chief Lama and an enthralling sculpture made of butter and barley inside the premises of the Gompa. The statues of blue peacock mammoth with 1000 heads and arms each and Avalokitesvara with his 11 heads and 1000 arms will leave you amazed.
5. Hall of Fame
This is a building which has come into existence in the memory of brave soldiers who lost their lives at the Indo- Pak. This reminds you of the greatest sacrifices these soldiers have done to ensure the safety of the country’s citizens. This museum also showcases weapons used during the Kargil War, other arms and ammunition of Pakistan Army which was seized during the war, the heating of food they eat using Hexamycin tablets, pictures depicting the hard life our soldiers go through while at Siachen. another section has this “Lest We Forget” wall which shows the photographs of all those soldiers who lost their lives during the Kargil war and also a few rare pictures of the war itself. The ground floor of the museum portrays the lifestyle, culture, and tradition of Ladakh and people. You can also shop mugs, caps, original Pashmina Shawls, t-shirts, and other wooden crafts at a souvenir shop inside the premises of this museum located at about 4km from the city.
6. Stok Palace
This is a palace located in Stok Village which is about 15km away from the city which was built by King TsespalTondup Namgyal in 1825. Even today housing the descendants of the royal family of King Sengge Namgyal. This royal structure rich in traditional and contemporary architecture comprises of Stok Monastery, beautiful gardens, a museum, and a library which contains 108 volumes of Kangur. Now converted into a heritage hotel offers an experience of a royal stay in the luxury.