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#11 of 53 Places To Visit in Leh
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address
Chanspa, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India
contact
+91-194-2472449
timings
All days of the week
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

about shanti stupa

In a land that has been a witness to some of the worst aspects of human intolerance and terrorism, Shanti Stupa, an emblem of peace, is like a much needed balm over the region's distressed spirit. Reminding everyone of the greater good humanity is capable of, Shanti Stupa was created and built by Bhikshu Gyomo Nakamura, a Japanese Buddhist and Kushok Bakula, a renowned lama of Ladakh and a statesman. Ever since its inaugural in the August of 1991 at the hands of current and 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the stupa has been one of the most popular attractions of Leh, drawing people from all over the world with its sheer serene aura.

Rising into the mystical skyline of Leh, Shanti Stupa is a beautiful, stately two level structure that has Dharamachakra (symbol of Wheel of life- Buddha's teaching of path to enlightenment) flanked by two deers as the central relief. Buddha's golden idol is seated in a niche carved into the stupa's dome, with colorful murals and stone reliefs cut into the dome and walls of the stupa. On the second level there are more murals and stone reliefs depicting Buddha's birth, death, vanquishing devils while meditating and other scenes from his life and teachings.

Facing the Leh Palace and situated on a steep hill, the stupa is known for the beautiful, mesmerizing views it offers of the valley and mountain ranges towering in the distance. As the sun sets the stupa is lit up, acquiring a luminous quality and seems to sending out vibes of peacefulness and serenity over the region.

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