Leh is a district of Jammu & Kashmir. It was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh. This mountain-framed city is one of the few traveler friendly places in India. This old town is dotted with stupas, ruined mud-brick houses, a Tibetan-style palace and a fort. The bazaar area is fully engaged with reasonable price restaurants, shops and also with tour agencies attracting travelers with interesting tour packages of sightseeing.
Leh Palace is a former royal palace built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. This palace was abandoned when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh in the middle of 19th century. Now this ruined palace is being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India. The palace roof top offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas. There is a museum in the palace which displays a rich collection of jewellery, ornaments, ceremonial dresses and crowns. The Chinese thangka or sooth paintings which are more than 450 years old, with intricate designs, can also be seen here.
Tsemo (Victory) Fort in Leh was built in the 16th century. It is situated just 15 minute climb-up opposite Chenrezi Lakhang. Now the ruins of the structure are visible from everywhere in Leh. The Tsemo Fort is like a crown on the head of the Palace ridge. There is a Buddhist monastery directly underneath the fort. The Tsemo monastery consists of two temple buildings built in the 15th century. There is an eight meter tall gold-faced statue of Maitreya Buddha in the temple.
Shanti Stupa is a must visit place in Leh. This is a Buddhist stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa. This was built by both Japanese Buddhists and Ladakh Buddhists. The Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama.
Jama Masjid is one of the main historical mosques in Ladakh. This is located at the centre of the Leh town. The mosque consists of a memorial known as Shahi Hamdan, built in memory of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, a Muslim Sufi Saint.
Stok Palace here was built by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. The palace is situated about 15 kms from the main city. Now this is the residence of the royal descendants of King Sengge Namgyal. The architecture style used here is a mix of the traditional and the contemporary styles. The palace is surrounded by a number of beautiful gardens. There is a library also that has around 108 volumes of the Kangyur (a collection of teachings of Lord Buddha). The palace hosts a dance-mask festival every year.
The Hall of Fame is located near to the leh Airport is a museum constructed and maintained by the Indian Army in memory of the soldiers who had lost their lives during the Indo-Pak wars. This is a two storey building. On the ground floor, there is information about the brave soldiers and on the first floor there are artifacts of various wars, mainly Kargil war and some important war documents.
There are many more places to visit in Leh including lakes, valleys, monasteries and glaciers. The best time to tour and trek in Leh is from June to October. The nearest railway station to Leh is Kalka and the nearest airport to Leh is Kushok Bakula Rimpochey Airport, Leh.
Leh is one of those rare natural destinations whose alternative hardly exist on the planet. Right from the Buddhist temples to snow-clad hills, each corner has a unique experience to deliver. However, the maximum fun lies in amalgamating this experience with a comfortable, homely stay. This is only possible by staying in one of the holiday homes in Leh. Unlike hotels or resorts, these properties are owned and run by the local residents due to which nothing can beat their hospitality. This is perhaps why these accommodations are most preferred by the tourists from different parts of the world, over other options.
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