Places to visit in Leh
Leh is one of the best tourist places in Ladakh. The best time to visit Leh is from June to September. There are many best tourist places in Leh near Hotel Grand Willow Leh, which one must visit when in Leh. Leh Sightseeing is one of the enjoyable things to do in Leh, which will take around half a day or full day, but to visit all Leh sightseeing places you need to stay in Leh for 2 to 3 days. Check out the following section to visit Leh tourist place near Hotel Grand Willow Leh.
Shanti Stupa Leh
The Shanti Stupa Leh is white-colored domed-shaped structure which looks amazingly eye-catching during night when it is lighted. The Shanti Stupa Leh is among the best places to visit in Leh for tourists. The Shanti Stupa Leh is known as a peace pillar. The Peace Sect' of Japanese Buddhists established this amazing Shanti Stupa. Shanti Stupa is geographically located above Changspa in Leh and is very famous for its gilt panels which depict the life stories of Buddha. It is said that the Shanti Stupa Leh was established by Dalai Lama during the year 1985 for teaching the ideologies and preaching of Buddha. The Shanti Stupa Leh is among the famous places to visit in Leh. It is only 5 kilometers away from the main city of Leh. Shanti Stupa is surrounded by snow-covered mountains and the traditional houses built by the locals. Shanti Stupa Leh offers breathtaking sunrise and sunset views.
The Leh Palace is one of the biggest Leh attractions. The Leh Palace is located in Leh city so it is very easy to visit this amazing Leh Palace. The Leh Palace is also known as the Lhachen Palkhar. The Leh Palace was former royal palace of the Leh Kingdom. This 17th century Palace is among the tallest buildings of its time with nine story structure. This Leh Palace offers amazing views of Ladakh mountain range and Stok Kangri and also town and surroundings area. The Tsewang Namgyal who was the founder of the Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh, started the construction of the Leh Palace on the Tsemo Hill in the year 1553. The upper floors of this nine-storied Leh Palace were used for accommodation purpose by the royal family and the lower floors were used as storerooms and stables. It is one of the best examples of medieval Tibetan architecture. The Leh Palace is built of stones, mud, wood, sand and many big rooms and corridors of the Leh Palace have been converted into exhibition halls. Leh Palace is truly best Leh sightseeing place.
Hemis Monastery Leh
The Hemis Monastery Leh is situated at a distance of 40 kilometers towards the south-east of the Leh. The Hemis Monastery is the biggest and most famous monastery (Gompa) in Ladakh. This Hemis Monastery Leh was built under the rule of King Singge Namgyal in the year 1672 AD. This Hemis Monastery Leh serves as a host to famous annual Hemis festival that is celebrated in early June. The Hemis Festival Leh is also a major tourist attraction in Leh. This amazing colorful festival is also known as Hemis Tsechu. The Hemis Festival Leh day is also declared as state holiday. During the Hemis Festival Leh, the local resident Lamas perform a holy masked dance to praise and worship the win of good over bad. Presently Hemis Monastery Leh is maintained by the Drukpa sect of Buddhism. The Hemis Monastery Leh houses eye-catching paintings and idol of Lord Buddha.
Thiksey Monastery Leh
The Thiksey monastery Leh is located somewhat 19 kilometers to the east of the Leh. The architecture of this Thiksey monastery Leh is similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. This Thiksey monastery Leh is a 12-storey building and houses various things related to Buddhist art such as statues, stupas, Thangka paintings, swords, and many more. This Thiksey monastery Leh also houses nunnery. The main tourist attraction in Thiksey monastery Leh is the Maitreya temple. The idol of future Lord Buddha in Maitreya temple is 49 feet high, is the largest in the region.
Hall of Fame Leh
The Hall of Fame is situated near the Leh Airfiled. The Hall of Fame Leh is an amazing museum established and maintained by the Indian Army in the memory of the soldiers who lost their life during the Indo-Pak wars. The Hall of Fame Leh is also a memorial for the war heroes. This Hall of Fame Leh consists of two floors. In the ground floor, you will get to see information about the brave soldiers and houses souvenir shop. In the first floor you will get to see artifacts of various wars (mostly Kargil war) such as the weapons used during the war and some necessary documents related to war. The Hall of Fame house Leh houses another section which is devoted to the Siachen glacier.
Khardung La Leh
The Khardung La Leh is strategically very important mountain pass located on a caravan road from Leh to Kashgar. In ancient times camels and horses were used as a transport medium in this trade route to supply goods and valuable things. Presently Khardung La Leh is used to transport goods and supplies to Siachen Glacier and is of high logistic significance to Indian army. The nearest reachable town to this Khardung La Leh is Leh which is connected to Manali and Srinagar. The Bikers from all round the world visit this Khardung La Leh on their motorcycles and do mountain biking which is an exhilarating and memorable experience for lifetime. Also, there you will find an army canteen where you can enjoy tea and snacks and there is also a lovely souvenir shop nearby from where you can shop souvenir of your tour. The Khardung La Leh is truly among the amazing places to visit in Leh.
Stok Palace Leh
The Stok Palace was established by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in the year 1825. Presently, Stok Palace Leh is the residential palace of the royal descendants of King Sengge Namgyal. The architecture of this Stok Palace Leh is a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional architectural styles. This Stok Palace Leh houses number of beautiful gardens and has library that has collection of 108 Kangyur (a collection of teachings of Lord Buddha). The Stok Palace Leh is somewhat 15 kilometers away from the main city of Leh. This Stok Palace Leh hosts an annual dance-mask festival and countless locals take part in this festival. This Stok Palace Leh also houses collections of royal cloths, crowns and other interesting things which you will get to see while on the excursion of this amazing palace. The Stok Palace Leh is one of the best Leh Attractions.
Tsemo Fort Leh
The Tsemo Fort Leh was built in the 16th century. The Tsemo Fort Leh is only 15 minute climb up opposite Chenrezi Lakhang in its ruin state. The Tsemo Fort Leh is visible from everywhere in Leh. The Tsemo Fort Leh looks like a crown on the top of the Palace. This Tsemo Fort Leh has numerous worship flags. Directly below the Tsemo Fort is Tsemo gompa that is Tsemo monastery that houses two temple buildings which was built in the 15th century. The Tsemo gompa houses eight meter tall gold-faced statue of Maitreya Buddha. The Tsemo Fort Leh is also one of the breathtaking places to visit in Leh.
Spituk Monastery Leh
The Spituk Monastery Leh was built during the 11th century and also Pethup Gompa, was founded by Od-de, who was the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub. Presently, Spituk Monastery Leh houses approximately 100 monks as well as a huge idol of goddess Kali, which you can see during the annual Spituk festival. The Spituk Monastery Leh is situated 8 kilometers away from Leh. Every year, Spituk Monastery Leh, host the Gustor Festival, celebrated at Spituk.
Sankar Monastery Leh
Sankar Monastery Leh is geographically located at a distance of 3 kilometers from main city of Leh. The Sankar Monastery Leh is an official home of the head of Gelukpa Sect of the area, Kushok Bakul. This Sankar Monastery Leh is closely related to Spituk Monastery in Leh. When you enter into the Sankar Monastery Leh you will realize how precise and exceptional Buddhists are, not only in terms of spirituality but also in folk art. The statue of Avalokitesvara with 1000 hands and heads is very eye-catching. You will also find some rooms and library. Sankar Monastery houses 20 monks, out of which only few are permanent inhabitants. Timings of visiting this Sankar Monastery is limited to 7:00 am.
Stakna Monastery Leh
The Stakna Monastery Leh is a buddhist monastery situated somewhat 45 kilometers from Leh. Preserved and protected by the Chose Jamyang, a Bhutanese saint and scholar who founded this monastery in the second half of the 16th century. The Stakna Monastery Leh is a perfect example of the religious and cultural heritage of India and Buddhism. The Stakna Monastery Leh is located on a hill looking like a tiger's nose. The Stakna Monastery Leh got its name from the same hill. When you enter the Stakna Monastery you will see big assembly hall (Dukhang) whose walls are decorated with beautiful paintings of Sakyamuni, Amchi and Tsephakmad. On the right of courtyard, there is a beautiful seven feet tall silver gilded chorten housing idol of Lord Buddha with some notes. The Stakna Monastery Leh is also one of the best places to visit in Leh.
Shey Monastery Leh
The major attraction in the Shey Monastery Leh is a huge gold-plated copper statue of seated Shakyamuni Buddha, which is also the second largest idol in Ladakh. In front of this huge Shakyamuni Buddha idol, you will see a large wax bowl with a flame, which continuously burns for a year, after which it is replaced by another wax bowl. The main attraction in the Shey Monastery Leh is a giant gold-plated copper idol of seated Shakyamuni Buddha, which is also the second largest idol in Ladakh. In front of this huge Shakyamuni Buddha idol, you will see a large wax bowl with a flame, which continuously burns for a year, after which it is replaced by another wax bowl. The Shey Monastery Leh is also among the mesmerizing Leh tourist place.
The Leh Market is the first place you will see on your tour as it is situated inside the town itself. The Leh Market consist of small Tibetan bazaars and souvenir shops where you can shop various things like pashmina shawls, embroidered patches, prayer wheels, silver artifacts and many more. You can also enjoy various local cuisines of Leh in Leh Market. The Leh Market is among the interesting Leh attractions.
The Nimo Leh is an amazing village located in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Nimo Leh is located at a distance of 35 kilometers from Leh. The Nimo Leh is a perfect place for all the river rafting groups and Nimo is the main starting point for the annually organized all India River rafting expedition, which is done in the Indus River. The temperature here changes from 40 °C in summer season to −29 °C in winter season. Because of such harsh climate and extreme weather conditions in Nimo Leh, Nimo has very little vegetation. Nimo Leh has several monasteries and orchards. Rafting in the Indus River and rafting in the Zanskar River are very famous outdoor sports.
Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery Leh
The Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery Leh is geographically located at a distance of 9 kilometers from Leh city. The Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery Leh is among the main Dharma centers in Ladakh. The Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery Leh was established by Lama Chime Dorje Rinpoche in the year 1973. This Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery Leh is managed and maintained by Karmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhists. Presently, there are somewhat 17 Karmapas in this area. This Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery Leh has played a key role in the rapid growth of the traditional Buddhist culture and values. The monastery has an original mud-brick building housing the Dukhang (Assembly Hall), quarters which include office, kitchen, classrooms and library. This Old town Leh is among the amazing tourist attractions in Leh.
Old Town Leh
The Old Town is geographically located in the amazing Leh. The Old Town Leh houses old mud-brick houses and stupas. Directly below these mud-brick houses and Stupas you will find winding alleys and steps which form the main attraction of this place. Apart from the 200 mud-brick houses, the old town also houses some amazing Buddhist temples and mosques. Old town Leh is locally called as Skyanos Gogsum. Some of the main areas of Old town Leh are Stalam, Kharyok, Lobding, and Maney Khang. The Old town Leh houses some important historical buildings such as Leh Palace, Namgyal Tsemo Monastery, Jama Masjid and also the first cinema hall of Leh. This monastery is among the lovely tourist attractions in Leh.
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