Main Tourist Attractions


Places to see in Leh:

LEH:

Capital of Ladakh, Leh has been traditional and important junction on the famous Silk Route of the antiquities. It has enjoyed close trade relations with Central Asia.

Leh Palace:

Leh Palace is a nine storey dun- coloured Palace overlooking the town of Leh, built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century, but was later abandoned when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh in the mid-19th century. The palace, a ruin, is currently being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India. The Palace Museum has the richest collection of jewellery, ornaments, Thangkas, ceremonial dresses, crowns.

Shanti Stupa:

Shanti Stupa, a symbol of Peace and Unity is situated on a steep hill at a distance of 3kms from Leh city. It was built to promote world peace and prosperity and to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism. It provides panoramic views of the whole of Leh, Khardungla, Namgyal Tsemo, Leh Palace in the distance and the surrounding mountains. Sunrise and sunset are considered to be the best time to visit this place.

Hall of Fame:

It is a museum constructed and maintained by Indian army in memory of the brave Indian soldiers who fought and lost their lives in Indo-Pak wars. Biographies of eminent defence personalities, images and weapons used during Kargil and Siachen wars; guns, grenades and equipments seized by the Indian Army are on display. Ladakh' culture, vegetation and animals found in this part of the world are also displayed in this museum.


PLACES AROUND LEH

Hemis Monastery:

One of the wealthiest monasteries, famous for its rich collection of ancient remnants like the copper statue of Buddha, stupas made of gold & silver, sacred Thangkas, murals and various artefacts. The Hemis festival attracts thousands of tourists from across the world. A huge Thangka of the monastery is displayed during the festival every twelfth year which is a sign of good health and spiritual strength.

Shey Palace:

This 3 storey palace once the residence of royal family is perched on a hillock overlooking the Shey village 15 kms from Leh. There are 2 statues of Sakyamuni in the palace complex. One inside the palace is made of copper and is 3 storeys tall while the seated one is inside the temple and is 7.5 meters tall and made of copper and brass plated with gold.

Stok Palace and Museum:

The Stok Palace Museum is located about 14 kms away from Leh. This impressive four-storey structure was constructed in 1825 by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal who was the last ruler of independent Ladakh. The current royal family lives in Stok Palace. The museum at this place has a huge collection of ornaments of the royal family, traditional clothing and a huge collection of thankas.

Thiksey Monastery:

Located approximately 19 kms from Leh City, Thiksey monastery is famous for its 3 storey Maitreya Buddha’s statue and the architectural resemblance of the monastery to that of Potala Palace of Lhasa in Tibet. The annual festival held in the monastery is known as the Gustor and is generally held from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar (October-November).

Alchi Choskor / Monastery:

Founded by the great translator, Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo in the 11th century. The monastery has exquisite 11th century Kashmiri Buddhist murals which have suffered badly due to neglect and the harsh mountain weather, and soon you might not be able to see them at all: while some have been restored, some are clearly not going to survive.

Lamayuru Monastery:

One of the largest and oldest monasteries in Ladakh located at a distance of 120 kms from Leh on Leh- Srinagar Highway. The monastery is surrounded by picturesque landscape resembling that to moonland. The monastery belongs to Drigung sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is a residence to 150 permanent monks.

NUBRA VALLEY:

Nubra or Ldumra meaning the "Valley Of Flowers" is located in the north-western part of Ladakh and can be reached from Leh via Khardongla pass the highest motorable road at an elevation of 18,380 feet above sea level.

Diskit:

Administrative headquarters of Nubra valley offers variety of accommodation to travellers. It has a dramatically positioned monastery atop a hillock and a 32 metre high statue of Maitreya Buddha. Deskit sand dunes and double-humped camel ride reminds of silk route tradition.

Sumur:

Sumur is the largest village in the Nubra Valley across the Shayok River along lush green meadow. Samstenling Monastery founded by Lama Tsultim Nima more than 150 years ago, is the biggest attraction of Sumur. The monastery comprises of seven different temples and has a huge collection of thangkas and arduously restored frescoes.

Hunder:

The erstwhile capital of Nubra Kingdom in the 17th century located on the ancient Silk Route. Between Hundar and Diskit lie several kilometres of sand dunes, and the famous double humped Bactrian camels. Non-locals are not allowed below Hundar village into the Balti area, as it is a border area.

Panamik:

Panamik is the last village accessible to travellers and is located just 40kms from the Siachen base camp. It is renowned for its hot sulphur springs which are claimed to have curative powers. And was a major stopover for the caravans of silk route before continuing their journey.

CHANGTHANG:

Changthang, the land of nomads is located in the east of Leh on the Chinese border with an average altitude of 14600 m above sea level. The main attractions are Pangong, Tsomoriri & Tsokar lakes and some rare species of birds and mammals.

Tsomoriri Lake

Tsomoriri Lake is located in Changthang approx. 240 Kms. from Leh. The Lake is around 28 Kms long and around 8 Kms wide at an altitude of 14,000 ft. above the sea level. It harbours many species of migratory birds including Brahmini Duck, Rudy Shelduck etc. The Korzok village settlement with a monastery close to the lake has its own appeal.

Tsokar:

A twin lake Tsokar and Tarsaphuk tso form the part of a wide picturesque valley with many wildlife including migratory birds, wild asses (Kyangs) and Changpa nomads with thousands of livestock including sheep, goats and yaks live in their tents around the lakes in the vast expanse of pasture.

Pangong Lake:

This beautiful endorheic Lake is located 140 Kms away from Leh, at an altitude of 14,000 feet. The Lake is 134 Kms long and 5kms wide at its broadest point and only one fourth part of it is in India and rest is in China. The vast and serene lake displays a spectacular colour variation from dark blue to turquoise green during the day.

KARGIL:

Kargil is a district in Ladakh is the central meeting point between Srinagar, Leh and Zanskar with almost equal distances from all sides. Zanskar, Suru, Wakha and Dras valleys are part of Kargil District.

Drass:

Located on Leh-Srinagar highway, Drass is the second coldest inhabited place on earth. A magnificent view of Tiger Hill can be enjoyed from the main road. It has a Kargil War Memorial and 10th century rock carved Buddhist statues.

Suru Valley:

A lush green valley on the way to Zanskar with Shia population is Famous for Its magnificent closer view of Nun Kun glacier peaks and giant rock carved statue of Buddha. The green hillsides of the Suru valley are a contrast to the awesome Himalayan glaciers, notably Parkachik and Shafaat.

Zanskar:

Zanskar is most isolated region of Ladakh, situated in the Kargil district about 430Kms from Leh. Number of Buddhist monasteries such as Karsha, Phuktal, Zongkhul, Stongdey, Sani and Bardan etc. and the interesting folklores, myths and startling natural beauties attract thousands of tourists to this place.

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