Darokhan Samkar Road Chubi
Leh, Jammu And Kashmir, India
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Places Of Interest

Leh attractions

 

The Palace Leh

Ladakh’s greatest King, the powerful Sengee Namgyal (1616-1642), who made Leh his capital, built this famous palace early in the 17th Century. It was damaged in 1685 by the invading forces of Tibetan and Mongolians and wrecked by the conquering soldiers of Zorawar Sing’s Dogra Army in 1836 forcing the Ladakhi royal family to abandon the palace and to move to stok village across the Indus.

The Leh palace has witnessed some of most brutal wars and has even gotten damaged from cannon balls. The palace still has the charm and provides breathtaking views of the landscape and snow capped mountains.

Namgyal Tsemo

The Crest of the palace ridge, a long hot climb to the east, is called peak of victory or Namgyal Tsemo. If you are not up the the steep climb, you can reach the peak by taxi, a road branching of the Nubra Road leads to it.

The red Maitreya Temple called Tsemo Gompa, visible from all corners of Leh, is the first structure as you ascend the ridge top. it is renowned for its three-storey high solid gold idol of Maitrieya, the future Buddha which presides over the two storey shrine flanked by avalokiteswara on the right and Mangushri, the Budda of Wisdom, on the left.

The Monastery was featured in a television commercial for WorldSoccerShop.com in 2011.

Shanti Stupa

Built by the ‘Peace Sect’, an association of Japanese Buddhists and inaugrurated by the Dalai Lama in 1983, the Shanti Stupa crowns a hill on the western edge of the Leh valley and can be reached by a flight of steps (157 in all) the rises just of Changspa. There is also a road that reaches the Stupa.The view from the stupa is, needless to say superb.

The Chalk- white Stupa ( Shanti in India languages means ‘peace’) is a place of peace and reflection. The walls of the dome inside are embellished with Buddha images. On the lower level are 53 Buddhas while the upper level has the Master portrayed in four symbolic poses. There is a small shrine outside the dome enshrining a golden Buddha.

Magnetic Hill

About 45 Km/28 miles from Leh on the Srinagar highway, in a barren, desolate plateau beyond the village of Nimu is a site that is much visited by tourists, it is called Magnetic Hill. If a vehicle is parked on a square marked beside the road here and its ignition swiched off, it may begin moving mysteriously uphill for a short distance!

Patthar Sahib

A Sikh Temple built in 1964 about 30 Kms from Leh on Leh Srinagr Highway enshrines a huge rock. According to legend the rock was rolled down by a demon to kill Guru Nanak Ji, the founder of Sikhism, when he had stopped there on his way back from Tibet in 1517. However, the rock became soft like molten wax and came to a dead stop just as it touched him. Devout Sikhs believe the rock bears the imprint of Nanak’s back.

Sangam

It is the Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers, and is about 32 Kms from Leh. This place is famous for rafting / canoeing.It can be visited on a trip to the monasteries west of Leh.

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