Leh, the capital of Ladakh district, is a fascinating hill station. It is one of the favorite tourist destinations located in the northernmost parts of the country. Leh has been the center of Tibetian-Buddhist culture since ages. It's Gompas have attracted devout Buddhists from all over the world. Besides, it is also a favourite trekking and hiking spot and is known for some of the best hikes and treks in the country.
Lying amidst the snow-capped hills of Himalayas with many monasteries and colorful markets, it is also the Buddhist capital of North India. At a height of 11,000 feet, there are many strikingly beautiful and majestic mountains here, which slowly merge into an oasis of green fields.
Tourist attractions in Leh
We recommend following Popular Sightseeing spots in Leh:
Shey Palace : Around 12 kms south of Leh, it was the seat of power for the first king of Ladakh, Lhachen Spalgigon who constructed the hill top fortress. The ruins can be seen from above the present Shey Palace.
Leh Palace : The palace was built in the 17th century and had nine storeys ,Leh has quite a few interesting places on offer. One can always start with the captivating Leh Palace that rises from the edge of a hill overlooking the town and stretches out towards the indigo sky.
Thiksey Monastery : In south of Leh the most beautiful of all the monasteries in Ladakh belongs to Gelukspa Order. Around 80 monks reside here at present.
Zanskar Range : The Zanskar range lies to the North of the main Himalaya . It forms the backbone of Ladakh south of the Indus River , stretching from the ridges beyond Lamayuru in the west acrossthe Zanskar region, where it is divided from the main Himalaya by the Stod and Tsarap valleys, the populated districts of the Zanskar valley.
Dras Valley : The Dras Valley is an enchanting valley formed by the Dras River which rises in the Machoi glacier near the famous Zozila Pass. The river is joined in its course by many other rivers and streams flowing in from snowfields in the nearby mountains.
Chamba Temple : One place definitely worth walking through the putrid smelling puddles to visit, however, is the Chamba temple.
Shanti Stupa : A relatively new addition to the rocky skyline around Leh is the toothpaste white Shanti Stupa above Changspa village, 3-km west of the bazaar.