Sightseeing in Leh
Leh Palace :
Definitely THE icon of this town, Leh Palace is steeped in history. Built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century, the palace is perched on a hill and is nine storeys high.
Tsemo Fort (Victory Fort) :
Watching over Leh Palace, as it were, is a 15th century fort atop a rocky ridge, its whitewashed walls appearing to rise seamlessly out of its featureless, muddy perch. Don’t expect an imposing fortress.
Hall of Fame / War Museum :
Located fairly close to the airport, the hall of Fame or War Museum is run by the Indian Army and is worth visiting.
Zorawar Fort :
Situated perhaps deliberately above the Leh Palace and Monastery of Namgyal Tsemo (Vistory Fort of the first Namgyal king, Tashi Namgyal) is the fort built by General Zorawar Singh,
Shanti Stupa :
Nothing more than a photo-op, the Shanti Stupa is a modern monument built by Japanese monks with Ladakhi labour in the 1990s to promote world peace.
Shey Palace & Monastery (14 km) :
Amazingly, Shey Palace houses a three-storey-high (39 mt) statue of Buddha plated in copper and gold and it is worth visiting even if only to gaze at this marvel.
Stok Palace & Museum (15 km) :
There are two reasons you want to visit the Stok Palace & Museum. One, it is still the official residence of the royal family (who live largely in Manali) and, two, its setting.
Spituk Monastery (8 km) :
Not far from Leh is an odd juxtaposition of the ancient and the modern that tickles the imagination – the See-Thub (Exemplary) Gompa. Also called the Spituk Gompa,
Old Town :
Like any ancient town many countries, the Old Town of Leh is a delightfully historic place to visit. Around 450 years old, it is choc-a-bloc with mud-brick and timber structures, cheek-by-jowl, and thread-like alleys that form long skeins connecting its various sections.
Discovering Leh on Foot :
Chances are you thoroughly enjoyed your walking tour of the Old Town and are up for more. Here are some suggestions, with starting points at different corners of the main bazaar.
Jama Masjid :
The Jama Masjid is the starting point of a walking tour of the historic Old Town. Located in the corner of the main market, its war-time history symbolises a fascinating chapter in the history of Leh.
Sankar Monastery :
For this one, surprise, surprise, we’re not sending you uphill! And if you walk to this shrine, you will see a charming part of Leh that tourists usually miss. The excursion is soothing and definitely worthwhile.