Leh is one of the most beautiful and easily reachable destinations in Leh Ladakh. Famous for its barren beauty and Buddhist monasteries, Leh is a wonderful destination for adventure lovers. Leh offers some magnificent trekking trails that take one to a number of scenic spots. Leh is not only about adventure sports but the beautiful town also has a number of tourist attractions like Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace. Leh is the headquarters of Ladakh and is located in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Tourist places in and around Leh
Leh situated at an altitude of about 3,505 metres above sea level has a number of tourist places that one can visit. Shanti Stupa, though a recent addition to Leh's tourist attractions, is a fine monument that was built by Ladakhis in association with Japanese. The Shanti Stupa in Leh has relics of the Buddha and most people visit the stupa on their tour to Leh. Shanti Stupa has another beautiful side to it besides being associated with the Buddha. Shanti Stupa is also a wonderful place to capture the beauty of the Leh valley. The place offers stunning view of the Leh valley.
Leh Palace is another beautiful attraction in Leh. Many people compare Leh Palace with the Potala in Lhasa, Tibet. Leh Palace was built in the 17th century and was once the residence of the royal family of Leh. Namgyal Hill is another tourist attraction just above the palace that one can visit.
The monasteries in Leh make other popular tourist attractions. But the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is one monastery that's worth mentioning. The Gompa is believed to built in 1430 and houses a huge image of the Buddha. The other two popular monasteries that you can visit include Sankar Gompa and Alchi Gompa.
Things to do
Leh is an ideal place for adventure sports. Trekking is what you can enjoy on your tour to Leh. Leh has some of the exciting treks that you can take. Some of the treks that you can take during your tour to Leh are Spituk to Markha Valley, Lamayuru gompa to Chilling and Likir to Temisgam. But before you decide to explore the barren beauty of Leh, it is necessary to acclimatize to high altitude.
Shopping is another exciting activity that you can enjoy in Leh. Tibetan Refugee Market is an ideal place to shop for some exquisite items. Ladakh Art Palace and Lhasa Embroidery are two places worth checking.
Getting there and accommodation
Leh can be reached by air from Delhi and it takes about 65 minutes to reach Leh from Delhi. If you want to travel by rail, Jammu is the nearest railhead. You can then take the Srinagar route to Leh. The other convenient railhead is Kalka and you can head to Shimla and take the Manali route.
There are a number of hotels and guesthouses in Leh. You can stay at the old town, Fort Road or Changspa area. Most of the hotels and lodges in Leh are built traditional style and offer all basic facilities.
Things to keep in mind
Leh is located in the high altitude area so acclimatization is a must. Woolen cloths are a must on your tour to Leh. It is ideal to carry sun screen lotion and other basic medicines required in a high altitude area. Tourists need permits to travel to restricted areas.
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