Leh, located at an altitude of 3500 metres is a prominent gateway to Ladakh. Bedecked with the persona of a tourist town, this is a district headquarter & capital of Ladakh famous for its Buddhist heritage. Historically famous as the hub of caravan route, this is a prominent Buddhist town renowned for its Tibetan monasteries. Leh tour features a visit to the region’s largest gompa, Hemis along with other illustrious monasteries like Shey (15 km), Spituk (8 km), Thiksey (17 km), etc.
Amidst the highest latitudes and dreamy landscape of hills, nestles Leh and provides a backdrop to the old school of Tibetan Buddhism and their interesting rituals and intriguing handicrafts. The unique thing about Leh tour is the fact that one cannot separate adventure from spirituality here. Both the pursuits get overlap each other here.
Leh Tour Attractions
The Leh Palace –
The region is dominated by this 17th century Leh palace. This nine storeyed building was built by Sengge Namgyal on the top of Namgyal Hill in the 1630’s and is an important part of Leh tour. Rich in architecture and styling, this palace is modeled on the famous Potala Palace building of Tibet.
Namgyal Tsempo Gompa –
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is a famous Buddhist monastery of Leh tour. Established in 1430 by King Tashi Namgyal of Ladakh, this monastery features a three-storey high gold idol of Maitreya Buddha and ancient manuscripts and frescoes.
Leh mosque –
A specimen of Ladakhi architecture based on Turkish and Indian principles, Leh mosque is the first historical mosque of the region.
Excursions from Leh Tour
Spituk Gompa -
At a distance of 8 km, Spituk Gompa is the oldest establishment of Ladakh’s Gelugpa sect, used by the Buddhist monks for meditation and learning.
Shey is the ancient capital of Ladakh known for hosting the namesake palace and gompa. These two attractions at Shey make it an attractive destination for both general tourists and Buddhist devotees.
How to reach
Leh airport is connected to all major Indian cities.
Rail routes are not convenient since they are far, nearest station is at Jammu.
Road journeys, rather say, safaris are exciting, the main routes are connected to Leh.