|Leh, the capital of Ladakh is
situated at a height of 3505 meters, is a beautiful destination
with so many attractions and is the center of Tibeto-Buddhist
Culture for ages. Its colorful gompas have attracted the devout
Buddhists from all over the globe. Besides, it is also a favorite
hiking locale and is known for some of the best hikes in the
country.The main attractions of this area include the Leh Khar
Palace, Leh Monastery, Leh Mosque, Tsemo Gompa and the Stok
Leh Palace, A miniature version of the Potala in Lhasa, the
Leh Palace is one of the major attractions here. The palace
was built in the 17th century and is now dilapidated and deserted.
It was the home of the royal family until they were exiled to
Stok in the 1830s. Above the palace, at the top of the Namgyal
hill, is the Victory Tower, built to commemorate Ladakh's victory
over the Balti Kashmir armies in the early 16th century.
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, The Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, built in 1430,
contains a three-story high Buddha image and ancient manuscripts
and frescoes. The fort above this gompa is ruined, but the
views of Leh from here are breathtakingly beautiful.
Shanti Stupa, The Shanti Stupa was built by a Japanese order
and was opened by the Dalai Lama in 1985. From the top, one
can view the exotic locales nearby. The stupa is located at
a distance of 3 km from the Fort Road.
Access by Air:
Indian Airlines has daily flights operating from July to October
and 4 days a week from November to June from Delhi & Jammu.
Jet Airways also a flight from Delhi during July to October.
Access by Rail:
The nearest railhead is Jammu (690 km), which is linked to
the rest of the country by express trains.
Access by Road:
Leh can be reached on a state highway, from Srinagar ( 387
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