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Leh

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Leh

General Zorawar’s Fort:

Popularly called Riasi Fort, General Zorawar’s Fort is an old fort reputed for preserving the vast wealth of the Dogra rulers in Jammu. The mighty monument dates back to ancient times and is currently in a state of ruin. General Zorawar’s Fort is situated above the Leh Palace as well as the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa. The owner of the fort was the controversial and renowned warrior, General Zorawar Singh. The General continues to be remembered till date for his contribution to the struggle against the rulers in China over Ladakh.

 

Leh Palace:

Leh Palace is a grand and captivating structure standing on the corner of the hill overlooking the town of Leh. Constructed during the 17th century, this impressive monument boasts of nine storeys and served as the residential palace of King Singge Namgyal. Located at a distance of only 2 km from Leh, the palace can be accessed easily via jeep or taxi. The palace consists of a museum housing a few embroidered or painted scrolls and paintings.

 

Shanti Stupa:

Established by a Japanese Buddhist ‘Peace Sect’, the Shanti Stupa, meaning peace pillar, is located right above Changspa in the Leh district. The inauguration of the stupa took place in the year 1985 by the Dalai Lama for the purpose of spreading the ideology and teachings of Buddhism all over the world. The highlight of the stupa is its sides which remain adorned with gilt panels depicting the life story of the Lord Buddha. The environment of the stupa presents breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains, the towering Namgyal Tsemo Gompa and richly detailed Ladakhi houses.

Timings: 5:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs

 

Stok Palace:

Situated close to the River Indus in Leh stands the major tourist spot known as Stok Palace. Erected in the year 1825 by King Tsepal Tondup Namgyal, the Stok Palace is a captivating palace. The architecture of the palace is a striking blend of modern and ancient designs. The Stok Palace is known for its enchanting gardens and the beautiful views of sunset and sunrise.  The palace museum displays a collection of royal materials, attires and crowns.

 

Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery:

The Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery is maintained by the Karmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhists. This well-known monastery plays a major role in the preservation of traditional Buddhist cultures as well as the propagation of Tibetan Buddhist values.

 

Matho Monastery:

The Matho Monastery is more than five hundred years old and is the sole monument under the Saskya monastic establishment in the city. The founder of the monastery is believed to be Lama Dugpa Dorje. The monastery houses a stunning array of ancient thangkas.

 

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa:

Located in the backdrop of Leh palace, this gompa constructed in 1430, is situated on a steep mountain overlooking the whole city. Theview of the city from here is awesome. There is a huge statue of Maitreya Buddha made of gold here. The Buddhist scriptures here are also very attractive. Other attractions are the 10 feet tall statues of
Manjushri and Avaloketesvara.

 

Sankar Gompa:

This is another spiritual retreat in Leh region. Sankar Gompa is famous for its architectural beauty and it houses Avalokitesvara statue with 1000 arms and 1000 heads.

 

Shey Monastery:

Located in the Shey village, close to Leh, the Shey monastery is one of the favourite tourist spot in Leh. It is located on the banks of Indus River on a ridge that looks like the edge of a knife. The main attraction here is the 17.5 m tall Maitreya Buddha statue made with copper, brass and decorated precious stones. The Tibetan style stone carvings here are also very famous.

 

Stakna Gompa:

This monastery located on isolated rock offers a picturesque view to the visitors. It houses several preachings, artifacts and paintings of the Buddhist period. It is also called ‘Tiger’s Nose Monastery' due to the peculiar shape of the rock on which the gompa situated.  Stakna Monastery also houses a beautiful marble statue of Avalokitesvara.

 

Thiksey Monastery:

This monastery is a perfect example of Ladakhi architecture. Located 18 km east of Leh, Thiksey Monastery is located on a picturesque hillock. It houses several stupas, statues, swords, awesome wall paintings. There is also a large pillar carved with Buddha’s preaching. The Thiksey Festival held here with great pomp and celebration is a major attraction for tourists.