Leh

Hemis monastery2

Leh is the head quarters of Ladakh district, located at a height of over 3500 m above sea level amidst Ladakh rangeleh and himalaya leh roadsof the Greater Himalayas.

Leh Palace is a replica of Potala palace of Lhasa, was built by Shinge Namgyal during 16th century. The Red Monastery (15th century), Stok palace and 16th century Mosque built by applying Iranian and Turkish architecture.

Statue of Avalokiteswara,leh statue leh statue1Golden statue of buddha in the new monatery walls were engraved with inscriptions from rare manuscripts .

ConfluenceLeh indus and zanskar of the river Indus and the river Zanskar.

There are many important places in and around Leh attracting people from all over the world.

Hemis Gompa:hemisThis is the place of Rimpoche, situated at about 40 km from Leh. The largest monastery in the Ladakh district consist of many temples. With the Statue of Buddha Shakyamuni and library which has rare collection of invaluable manuscripts and Thunkus, Hemis Gompa is always special in the lives of ladakhi people. 17th century Thunku is largest in the world. Mask dance is another attraction.

Thiksey Monastery:leh thiksey monasterylocated 20 km away from Leh, which belong to Yellow hat sect. Buddha statue in padmasana is found.

Gotsang Gompa, 13th century gompa predates Hemis Gompa and it was built in remembrance to Gotsang pa.

Stok Palace:leh stokis the residence of King Leh architecture

Sankar Gompa:Shankar-monastery-in-LehSeveral miniature statues as well as Buddha statue with several heads, hands, eyes, legs are famous.

Alchi Village:Leh alchi villageOne of the Oldest village and is famous for its vibrant heritage in the world.

Spituk Gompa: It is about 10 km from Leh, famous for Thunkus and manuscripts. Spituk Gustor festival held every year in January.

This place is noted for important festivals and entertainment among those Archery festival during spring, ladakhi festival at Choglamasar, Chham dance of Lamas depict the legendary tales of Tibet, Sindu Darshani festival.  Attire of Ladakhi men and women is Gaucha and kuntop respectively.

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