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Tourist Spot in Leh

About Leh: Leh, located in the district of Ladakh, is overlooked by a partly ruined royal palace dating from the 1600's and an older hill-top monastery. Sankar Gompa, a monastery decorated with bright murals, is the official residence of the head of the Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was once the major link on the 'Silk Route'.
How to reach:Leh is linked to Jammu, is linked directly by air
Best Time To Visit: April to October.
Accomodation: Hotels etc.
Local Transport: Bus, taxi service etc.

Place of Tourist Interest in Leh

Thiksey Gompa

Thiksey Gompa: Thiksey is one of the largest and most impressive gompas representing Ladakhi architecture in its best form. There are several temples in this gompa containing images, stupas and exquisite wall paintings. It also houses a two - storeyed statue of Buddha which has the main prayer hall around its shoulder. This monastery has an art gallery in its chambers with rare collections of art.

Stok Palace

Stok Palace: Stok was the Palace of the banished royal family. It houses the royal family of Ladakh and a museum which displays fabulous costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite tankhyas representing the life of the Sakya Muni Buddha. Interesting historical objects like coins, seals, armour, weapons, precious jade and porcelain are on display. The palace is about 200 years old.

Spituk Monastery

Spituk Monastery: 8 kms from Leh, it stands majestically on top of a hillock overlooking the Indus valley for miles. Many icons and fine - tankhyas- are to be found in this 15th century monastery. It also houses a collection of ancient masks, antique arms, and and an awe inspiring image of Mahakala. The face of the Kali image is kept covered and revealed only at the annual function in January every two years.

Lamayuru

Lamayuru: Lamayuru was once a lake. The legend goes that it was blessed by a lama after which the water of the lake receded upto the mountains leaving place for the monastery to be built. Now mostly in ruins, only the main hall exists, which houses numerous tankhyas.

Hemis Gompa

Hemis Gompa: 40 kms from Leh, Hemis is one of the richest, biggest & most famous Gompa in Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held during summer in honour of their Guru Padma Sambhava's birth anniversary. Built during 1630, it has numerous tankhyas, silver chortens studded with precious/semi precious stones and various images of Buddha. Of its many frescoes, the most famous is the Wheel of Life.

Alchi Gompa

Alchi Gompa: 70 Kms from Leh on banks of the Indus, is Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls feature thousands of miniature-sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attraction. This monastery consists of six temples, which contain a Chorten, seated Buddhas and exquisite paintings. Its profusely painted walls depict the events of the Buddha's life, lamas and musicians.

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