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About Leh

Leh Monasteries Tour

Situated at an altitude of 3505 m above sea level, Leh is to the east of Jammu & Kashmir and is the capital of Ladakh. Zanskar River flows through it and breathtaking sparking white snowcapped peaks surround the valley of Leh. A blending of barren desert and well-irrigated farms, the ruined Tibetan style palace of Leh is the first to attract the attention of the tourists. Reaching Leh in the olden days was certainly not so easy as merchants heaved a sigh of relief of successfully getting across the high mountain peaks Yarkhand and Tibet along with their caravans and looked forward to the comforts awaiting for them in one of the Central Asia's most beautiful and panoramic city with a pleasant climate. The deeply entrenched Tibeto-Buddhist Culture of the region and its colorful gompas are a spotlight in Leh for devout Buddhists while adventure tourists love the place as it sports some of the best hikes in India.

It had been the 17th century ruler, Sengge Namgyal, who shifted his Money Shey to Leh because of its strategic location about the historic Silk Route. Quickly, the trade and commerce with the town flourished and its prosperity grew by leaps and bounds till 1950s once the Chinese borders were closed forever, putting a huge check on its business. Sunni Muslim merchants had been the backbone of Leh's marketplace in these days. Now, together with the modified priorities, Leh has again emerged as strategic location in two wars between India and Pakistan and one can see troopers of Indian Army and their families in big numbers, specially in winters. Ladakh was only opened to foreign vacationers in 1974. Because then, Leh has expanded to virtually double the authentic measurement. The highlights of your location are Leh Palace, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa and the Sankar monastery with its modern Tantric murals along with a thousand-headed Avalokitesvara deity. Whilst in Leh, don't miss the pay a visit to to its nearby picture-perfect villages and Gompas which includes Shey monstery, and the Tikse Gompa

Tourist Attractions

Sankar Gompa : This is tiny but more fascinating location to visit than the Leh Gompa and may effortlessly be visited on foot. The Sankar Gompa is an under Gompa of Spitok Gompa. At the most only twenty monks live here and few are completely in residence even though the monastery itself is pretty lively. Therefore the Gompa is just open to the public from seven.00 am to ten.00 am and from five.00 to seven.00 pm. It can be, nonetheless, nicely lit, so an night visit is worthwhile. At these times the monks will welcome the visitors and might give 1 yak butter tea, 'Tsampa' and boiled and spiced mustard plant.

Jami Masjid : When 1 had sufficient with the bazaar, head previous the new green and white painted Jami Masjid in the leading of the road, and adhere to 1 of your lanes that lead into the previous town. Apart from the odd electric cable, absolutely nothing much has changed here given that the warren of flat roofed homes, crumbling 'Chortens', 'Mani' Walls and slim sandy streets was laid down late inside the 16th century - least of all of the plumbing.

Chamba Temple : One location definitely really worth walking by means of the putrid smelling puddles to go to, even so, may be the Chamba temple. It is not easy to uncover on your personal; ask at the 2nd row of outlets around the left following the massive arch for the important thing keeper (gonyer), who will show you the best way. Hemmed in by dilapidated medieval mansions, the one roomed shrine homes a colossal picture of Maitreya, the Buddha to arrive, and a few fantastic old wall paintings.

Leh Palace : The outdated palace of the kings of Ladakh overlooks the town from the southwest slope of the Tsemo hill. It has 8 storeys and was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the sixteenth century, at a lot the exact same time as the famed Potala of Lhasa - which it resembles. The damage towards the palace, one side is gaping open, stems in the Kashmiri invasions of your final century. Such as the Shey palace the Leh palace nonetheless belongs to the Ladakhi royal family, who now live in their palace in Stok.

Leh Gompa : The Leh Gompa stands large above the palace and in addition overlooks the ruins from the older palace with the King of Tagpebums. The Red Gompa also referred to as Namgyal Tsemo Gompa was constructed in 1430 by King Gvags-Pa-Bum-Ide and features a fantastic three-storey large seated Buddha figure flanked by Avalokitesvara on the correct and Manjushri about the left. In all there are 3 Gompas at the top of the hill, the topmost 1 is in a extremely ruined problem but delivers extremely great views over Leh as well as the surrounding countryside. To the best with the palace one can see a Buddha painted on the rocks, a remnant of an earlier monastery.

Other Leh Gompas : You can find quite a few lesser Gompas in the previous town of Leh - for example the Guru Lakhang towards the left of your palace, beneath the significant Chorten. The Chamba Lakhang, south with the palace, as well as the Chenrezig Lakhang, to the southeast, are equally less well-known because they include small of interest compared to other more splendid Gompas about Leh. Inside the centre of Leh the Buddhist association of Ladakh in 1957 built the brand new monastery or Gompa Soma or Jokhang. It contains a picture of your Buddha Sakyamuni that was introduced form Tibet. Meetings with the Buddhist association are held with this monastery.

Leh Fort : The Leh fort, constructed by Zorawar Singh, consists of 3 temples but can't be visited since it really is inside the military camp region.

Shanti Stupa : A comparatively new addition to the rocky skyline about Leh is the toothpaste white Shanti Stupa above Changspa village, 3-km west of your bazaar. Inaugurated in 1983 by the Dalai Lama, the "Peace Pagoda", whose sides are decorated with gilt panels depicting episodes from the life of the Buddha, is one of several such monuments erected about India by a "Peace Sect" of Japanese Buddhists.