In a nutshell
The former capital of Ladakh- Leh is now situated in the Leh district of Jammu & Kashmir. In Ancient times, it served as a major stopover in the trade routes between the Kashmir and Tibet and also between India and China for years and even today it has turned out to be the best trade centre in Central Asia. Besides being successful in the trading field it has also achieved great success in the field of tourism. Tourists from all over the world flock to Leh to enjoy its beauty especially during the local festivals. Various beautiful monuments like Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Stok Palace, Hemis gompha, Leh Trekking Trails, War Museum, Chamba Temple, Jama Masjid, Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Jo Khang Gompa, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Sankar Gompa, The Victory Tower, Zorawar Fort and Magnetic hill also add to its beauty.
How to Reach:
Air: Flights from Delhi (993 km from Leh) to Leh's Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport are available on regular basis and Delhi is well connected to the rest of the country and the world. Rail: One has to first make is to Srinagar (440 km from Leh) by train and then from there it can be made to Leh by road. Road: By Road Leh is connected to the rest of the country by means of National Highway 1D (remains open from June to October/November), which connects Srinagar (440 km from Leh) to Leh & Leh-Manali Highway (remains open June to late October).
General Zorawar's Fort
known for preserving the private wealth of the rulers of Dogra in Jammu.(4 km from Leh city)
Hall of Fame
It was built in memory of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in Indo-Pakistan war
established by a `Peace Sect` of Japanese Buddhists(above Changspa in Leh District of Jammu and Kashmir)
It is a striking palace where the ancient and modern architectures meet together(14 km from Leh)
Stok Palace Museum
The museum showcases the worthy royal artifacts and paraphernalia including royal crowns, precious heirlooms, copper coins, prayer instruments and materials (14 km from Leh)
Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery
This world known Buddhist Monastery is run by the Karmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhists(9 km from Leh)
Scenic Beauty(26 km from the city)
Pathar Sahib Gurdwara
It serves an evidence of Guru Nanak's visit to the Ladakh(Leh-Kargil road, around 23 km from Leh)
Gompa houses an impressive representation of Avalokitesvara complete with 1000 arms and 1000 heads(3 km from Leh city)
This monastery is a visual display of the religious and cultural heritage of India and Buddhism. (25 km from Leh)
Ladakhi architecture(18 km east of Leh)
Favorite mosque of Sunni Muslims in Leh(Situated in the heart of the Leh city)
Famous for its wide and varied collections of ancient masks, and icons(8 km from Leh)
The place is known for its unique ability of possessing magnetic properties that have the strength to pull a car, uphill (30 km from Leh)
Scenic beauty(32 km from the main city of Leh)
Vajra Bhairava Shrine
Dedicated to the tantric guardian deity of the Gelug-pa order(10km from Leh)
Best Time to Visit
- One Must Visit The Thiksey Monastery.
- Stok Palace is our another Must-Do pick while in Leh.
- Confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers is simply stunning!
Ladakh is famous for its Spiritual tours, adventure tours and Monastries.But for enthusuasts there is a lot of scope for Hiking, mountaineering,Rock climbing and White water rafting.
If you are in Leh, then definately go for white water rafting through steep gorges of Zanskar River.
Thiksey Monastery (18 km east of Leh) Vajra Bhairava Shrine (10km from Leh) Spituk Monastery (8 km from Leh) Turtuk (32 km from the main city of Leh) Magnetic Hill (30 km from Leh) Stakna Monastery (25 km from Leh) Sankar Gompa (3 km from Leh city)