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Mysterious dust – covered Leh sits in a fertile side valley of the Indus, about 10 kilometers from the river .Encircled by stark awe-inspiring mountain with the cold desert beyond, it is the nearest experience of Tibet in India.
The old place sits precariously on the hill to the north and looms over leh. Divide main bazaar street, which once accommodated caravans, with old and gates at each end as a colorful vegetable market where remarkably unpushy ladakhi women sell local produce on the street side while they knit or chat. Make shift craft and jewellary stalls line parts of fort road to the east to attract summer visitors along with kashmiri shop keepers who have come in search of greener pastures. The old village, mainly to the east of the main street, with its maze of narrow lines, sits on the hill side below the palace and is worth exploring.
Major Attractions In Leh
the mid of 16th century by King Singe Namgyal, this palace
is a distinguished monument and a historical building and
is still owned by the royal family. This palace has nine
storeys. One part of the palace is occupied by the museum.
It is an imposing structure, though in ruins now, situated
on a hill and commands a grand view of the Leh town. The
building in grand Tibetan architecture is said to have
inspired the famous Potala of Lhasa, built half a century
Gompa (tsemo - Red) is situated at the north of the city.
The left side of its entrance has the portrait of Tashi
Namgyal. It has a colossal 2-storey high image of Maitreya,
flanked by Avalokitesvara and Manjusri figures.
The new Soma Gompa is in the main street of the old village. It was built in 1957 to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the birth of Buddha.
Gompa is located at a distance of 40 km south of Leh,
along a road crossing the Indus. Among the innumerable
thankas (paintings on cloth), there is one which is
supposed to be the biggest of its kind in existence. The
exposition of this tankhas takes place once in eleven
years. Every year, in June, a fair (' Mela of Hemis Gompa')
takes place at Hemis which is a colourful occasion for the
About 25km south of Leh, Tiksey is considered as one of the most imposing monastery in Ladakh. It is a 12-storey monastery painted in red and white and ochre. It has 10 temples surrounded by typical tapering walls. The complex contains numerous stupas, wall paintings, tankas, statues, large pillar engraved with Buddha teachings and swords. The interior of new temple dominated by a giant 15 meters high Buddha figure.
By Air Leh airport has Direct flights to Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu.
By Road Manali -Leh Highway opens to traffic between mid June and November.
When to Visit Jul - Sep
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