Leh: the Heavenly destination

Leh is nestled in the heart of Leh district and it is capital of the eminent city Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Here we have enlisted some of the must visit places

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Jama-a-Masjid-Jama Masjid is one of the traditional mosques in Ladakh that is located at the heart of Leh, capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is considered as one among the biggest mosques of the region and it is considered as the biggest region and houses a memorial also called as Shahi Hamdan. The memorial is solely dedicated to Muslim saint called as Mir Syed Ali Hamdani. This mosque was constructed as an agreement between Mughal Emperor and Aurangzeb and Seldan Namgyal in the year 1666-67.

 

Leh Palace- The palace has similar construction to Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The place was built by King Sengge Namgyal during the 17th century. Till 19th century the place got abandoned due to annexation of Dogra millitants. This annexation led the toyal family living in this palace to move to the eminent Stok Palace.

 

The palace is currently devastated and is undergoing a phase of restoration by the Archeological Survey of India. There are nine storeys governing this palace. The royal family used to live in the upper floor, stone room along with stable are available in the lower floor. From the roof of the palace, tourists can have an aerial view of the Leh.

Sun Temple-Sun Temple is the most prominent temple in Ladakh devoted to the Sun God, Bhaskar. It is medieval temple that was built by King Lalitaditya for commemorating God. Here the visitors can view 84 columns that were used to build this temple.

The temple was built using hard and square limestone that reflects architectural style of bygone era.

 

Shanti Stupa- It also refers to the peace pillar which was established by People Sect of Japanese Buddhists. The pillar is located in the Leh district above Changspa that is eminent for its gilt panel that reflects the stories of Buddha. In 1983, the construction of this stupa started by Dalai Lama spreading the ideology and teachings of Buddha.

After the completion in 1991, the pillar was inaugurated in the year 14th century by Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. The place is surrounded by snow capped mountains and some of the conventional Ladakhi houses. The stupa is around 5km away from the city of Leh and the famous Leh palace.

 

Padum-It is considered as one the largest towns in the region that is populated by Tibet Buddhists and minority that reside here is that of Muslim. The main administrative center of Zanskar tehsil of Kargil District. The place is around 240 km away from Kargil and it has a population of around 1000 people. The place is located at the center of Zanskar and has an average elevation of around 3669m.

 

The place houses Gompas, hotels, restaurants, cyber cafe, telephone booth and post office. In 1980, the road was constructed from the town of Kargil across Pensi La Pass to reach this place.

 

Hemis Monastery- This place is popularly called as Hemis Gompa that was built during the era of King Sengge Namgyal in the year 1630. Presently, the Gompa is run by the drukpa sect of Buddhism that was flourished during the Namgyal dynasty. There are two major parts of the monastery, called as Tshongkhang and Dukhang.

Visitors can have a view of paintings in the veranda of the Gompa that depicts the Kalachakra or the Lord of four quarters. There is an idol of Sakyamuni Buddha at the monastery that lures a lot of devotees. The monaster remains crowded during late June or early July when Hemis Chheshu birthday was celebrated. Once in every 12 years, a giant Thangka is also hosted.

 

Stok Palace Museum-Stok Palace Museum is situated within the Stok Palace. This place houses the royal family of Ladakh. Visitors can visit several royal artifacts, royal crown, precious stones, heirlooms, jewelery, instruments and Thangkas that dates back to the 16th century. Thangkas are known to depict the preachings of life of lord Buddha.
Thiksey Monastery- It is one of the eminent Buddhist monastery located very close to Leh. It is a part of Gelugpa order in Budhism and it houses Thangkas, stupas, wall paintings, sword, statute and a pillar. This pillar is carved and has the teachings and ideology of Buddha and it is located in the 12-storey building of the monastery. The monastery always remain crowded during the period of Thiksey festival that is celebrated with grandiose.

 

Suru Valley- The valley remains drained by the Suru river and it houses the main town of Kargil. There is approximately 25,000 people in the valley who are descendants of the Tibetan communities. Large population flock here and are followers of Shia Islam that was converted from Tibetan Buddhism in the 16th century. Tourism in the valley is limited and majority of the people go to nearby areas like Zanskar and Padum.

Originally posted 2013-04-08 15:24:16.

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