is the district headquarter of Ladakh situated at an altitude of 3500
metres. Hemis, the largest of the gompas, founded in the 17th century, is
the most accessible of all the monasteries in Ladakh. Other monasteries are
Shey (15 kms. From Leh), Spituk (8 kms. From Leh), Thiksey (17 kms. From
Leh). Leh is connected by flights from Delhi, Jammu and Chandigarh.
If you are in love, visit Leh, even if only with the Hills. This fantastic
place in Ladakh has a dreamy landscape, and a cool weather, with some of the
most colourful people in the world. An old school of Tibetan Buddhism, the
rituals of the folk are as interesting as their handicrafts and behavior.
And by interesting I mean, interesting, very interesting, for scholars and
The administrative capital of Ladakh, Leh, is situated at an altitude of
3505 m from the sea level and falls in Jammu and Kashmir. In the map you'll
find it at the head, in northernmost part.
The Leh Palace - The 17th century palace closely
resembles to that of Lhasa, both in architecture and styling. The top of the
namgyal hill, and above the palace is the Victory tower, towered in the
memory of victory over Kashmiri Balti army.
The Namgyal Tsempo gompa - Built by King Tashi Namgyal,
this gompa, with a gold idol of Buddha and some rare artifacts of
architectural splendour, this gompa , on Namgyal Tsemo peak is worth a
visit, if only human eyes are still open.
Leh mosque - The mosque presents an amalgamation of
Trkeyish and Indian architecture and a splendid monument in Green and white.
Spituk Gompa - At a distance of 8 km, this Gompa is one
of the best Buddhism architectures of 15th century, most probably for the
Buddhist monks' meditation and learning.
The Shey palace and the adjacent Gompa is a major attraction for
both general tourists and Buddhist devotees. The game of sunlight and the
Hills of Shey is a never surpassable natural beauty, and the religious
monuments of the place attract hoards of people. The Buddha figures and the
numerous murals is some of them.
How to reach
Leh airport is connected to all major Indian
Rail routes are not convenient since they are
far, nearest station is at Jammu.
Road journeys, rather say, safaris are exciting, the main
route being Leh-Srinagar-Leh.
Where to stay
In Leh, hotel Singhe Palace could be a good option for a stay. Besides,
there are guesthouses to experience local customs and lifestyle.