Leh Travel Guide

Attractions in Leh

Leh Palace - One of the major landmarks of Leh is the Leh Palace. This 17th century royal residence is now in ruins. Close to the Palace atop the Namgyal hill stands the Victory Tower. This Tower was built to commemorate Ladakh's victory over the Balti Kashmir armies in the early 16th century.

Sanker Gompa - The Sankar Gompa is renowned for the impressive impression of the Buddhist deity Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig with a thousand arms and an equal number of heads.
Shanti Stupa, Leh

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
- Then there is the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa. The Gompa was built way back in 1430. The major attractions in the Gompa are the three-story high Buddha image and ancient manuscripts and frescoes. You may catch some breathtakingly beautiful vistas of Leh from here.

Shanti Stupa - Shanti Stupa is another must visit at Leh. The Stupa is a vintage point to enjoy the wondrous views of the exotic locales of Leh.

Quick Getaways near Leh

Spituk Gompa - 8 kms from Leh, standing majestically on top of a hillock overlooking the Indus Valley, Spituk Gompa houses a collection of ancient masks, antique arms, icons and numerous thankas. Higher up the hill is the Mahakal Temple, containing the shrine of Vajrabhairava.

Shey Gompa - This Palace Monastery has the largest statue of Maitreya Buddha (Buddha to come) in Ladakh. Erected in the mid 17th century, worked out of gold and gilded copper sheets with blue hair, it stands 17.5 metres high.

Thiksey - In south of Leh the most beautiful of all the monasteries in Ladakh belongs to Gelukspa Order. Around 80 monks reside here at present. The Thiksey festival is held in the month of October-November.

Hemis Monastery - Hemis monastery is situated at about 45 kms south of Leh, and is one of the largest and most famous monasteries belonging to Dukpa Order. The Hemis festival is held in the month of June.

Likir Gompa - The Likir monastery is around 53 kms west of Leh, which belongs to Gelukspa Order. This is also worth seeing. Likir festival takes place on the 28th & 29th of the 12th month of Tibetan Calendar

Likir Gompa near Leh

Alchi Gompa - While at Leh you must also check out the Alchi Gompa. The 11th century gompa is located on the banks of the Indus River. Alchi is one of the largest and the most famous monasteries in Leh. You may check out the widely renowned collection of paintings in the Gompa.

Rizong - Ri-dzong, situated a few kilometres up a side-valley from Uley-Tokpo, was founded only a century and a quarter ago by a spiritual layman-turned-lama, with the purpose of following the strict monastic rules of the Gelugs-pa sect.

Lamayuru - Around 125 kms west of Leh, you pass through several villages on the way with scenic beauty especially the Moon land type features. In Lamayuru, there is a monastery too, which belongs to Drigunpa Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery, built on a rock is an outstanding one.

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