Leh and around
Enjoy a 360 degree view of Leh
Ladakh, the land of jagged peaks and barren landscape is at once alluring and awe-inspiring. Leh is the capital of ladakh, and the largest town of the region. It is located to the north of the Indus river at an elevation of 3600m above the sea level.
Leh offers a wide array of sightseeing. The town is dominated by the nine-storey Namgyal Palace built by King Singge Namgyal in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture. Above the palace, on the Namgyal Tsemo, are the ruins of a fort, the earliest royal residence.
In the historic bazaar, the main sites to visit are the Jo-khang, a newly built Buddhist temple, and the imposing historic mosque founded in the late 17th century.
A stroll along the main bazaar, observing the varied crowd and looking into the curio shops is an engaging experience. When tired of strolling, one can step into any of several restaurants and cafes, some of them located in gardens or on the sidewalks which serve local, Tibetan, Indian and Continental cuisine.
A visit to the Shanti Stupa is a must as it offers the best view of the Leh city.
Other sightseeing options within 15 kms from Leh are Sabu, a charming village, Choglamsar a Tibetan refugee settlement and famous for His Holiness Dalai Lama’s prayer ground – Jiva-tsal, Shey palace and monastery overlooking the holy pond and the picturesque Shey village, the famous Thiksey monastery, the Spituk village and its imposing monastery and the Stok Palace museum.