Leh is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Ladakh in Jammu Kashmir. The town is bustling with activity and is a hub for tourists from all over the world. The quant old town gives a traditional feel. The people are so amicable and welcoming that it adds to the overall holidaying experience.
Shop for local handicrafts, handlooms and Tibetan goods, visit the stunning monasteries to know more about Buddhist history and culture, and relish the mouthwatering delicacies with a stunning view of snow covered mountains. There are so many tourist attractions in Leh – mosques, stupas, markets, that you’ll have a great time with friends and family. Each monastery and gompa has a history and it is so interesting to listen to local stories.
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Situated in the Indus river valley, Leh is at a crossroads of the bygone trading routes of Tibet, Xinjiang, and Kashmir. Leh’s importance as a trading town diminished with time and government policies and this place buzzed as a tourist destination since 1974. It is a popular tourist town bustling with Kashmiri traders who sell traditional items to tourists. Leh being a small town, almost all places here are accessible by foot. Old Leh is a crowded place with mud brick houses and narrow alleys that takes you to the Main Bazar. Changspa is the agricultural area here and has a number of guesthouses. The main town area is at 3,555 m (11,490 feet) elevation, while Changspa is higher, so take time to acclimatize to the altitude and climate, else altitude sickness might spoil your trip.
The place owing to its difficult terrain and scanty resources might not be traveler-friendly but it is enchanting enough to make a hassle-free mountain-framed Leh. Spattered around with stupas, monasteries and mud brick houses Leh is a place to go by the nature. If you have time after your are done with enjoying nature’s beauty and awestruck terrains of this place, you can visit the Leh Palace, which is a nine-storeys dun-colored edifice and is Leh's dominant structure. Other places of tourist interest here are Thikse Monastery - a historic Buddhist monastery from the 1400s, which has a temple, a nunnery & a variety of Buddhist art inside.; Shanti Stupa – opened in 199, this is a remote place of Buddhist worship with a huge golden statue of the Buddha.;
Namgyal Tsemo Monastery – a Buddhist monastery, also called as Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, which was founded in 1430 by King Tashi Namgyal of Ladakh.; Sankar Monastery, the Buddhist monastery with scenic views and a complex with ornate, colorful interiors.; the Phyang Monastery, which is a 16th-century Tibetan Buddhist monastery with intricately done frescoes in vivid colours & a museum, worth seeing; and other places here are Hall of Fame is the Indian Army, LAMO arts center, Moti Market, Jama Masjid, Spituk Gompa, Gomang Stupa, and Thisuru Stupa Shastang Leh which keep tourists busy in sightseeing and appreciating the nature and it’s spellbinding beauty.
When in Leh, take a day’s trip to Nubra Valley. This tri-armed valley towards the north east of Ladakh is the most popular destination here. Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town and is worthy of all the efforts. Another not to be missed place here is the Magnetic Hill that is a "Cyclops hill" located near Leh. Culture rich Leh celebrates a number of festivals throughout the year. Each Gompa and Monastery have their specific celebrations. None the less, two festivals that attract maximum number of tourist are the Hemis Festival & the Ladakh Festival. Hemis festival / Hemis Tsechu is a 2 days festival in Hemis Gompa, the largest and richest Buddhist monastery here. Hemis is around an hour’s drive from Len town. The Ladakh festival is in the month of September every year in Leh and its nearby villages.
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