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iXiGOers Apr 22 2013

Suggest a 1 day tour itinerary for Leh.

Shikha Gautam Apr 22 2013
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Desolate but perpetually surrounded by a divine aura, Leh has for long lured travelers and explorers from all over the world with its mysticism and old world charm. Heed the call of this ancient, cold desert kingdom and come back with memories and experiences to last you a lifetime. The most common route used to reach Leh is by taking the one via Manali. It takes almost 10 hours of travel one-way by a Manali to Leh cab.

While there are many hotels in Leh, choose the one that is in or around the main bazaar/Changspa area as not only are the eateries close by but so are many of the attractions.

After checking in and freshening up make your way to Leh Royal Palace. Sitting atop Namgyal hill, overlooking the entire region like an affable royalty enjoying peaceful days, Leh Royal Palace spreads over nine floors and presently lies in ruins. An excellent place to get a glimpse of the palace's and Namgyal dynasty's lost glory is the Palace museum that has on display a rich collection of jewellery, Chinese Thangkas over a 450 years old, crowns, ceremonial dresses, and much more. Further up the same hill lies Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, a beautiful, serene 15th century monastery.

Then follow Sankar road down to Shanti Stupa road where lies the region’s much needed emblem of peace, Shanti Stupa, created and built by Bhikshu Gyomo Nakamura, a Japanese Buddhist and Kushok Bakula.

Check out timings and other details at Shanti Stupa.

Stop over for lunch at Leh View Restaurant or Himalayan Cafe in the main bazaar and then head over to Spituk 8.4 km away where lies Spituk monastery founded somewhere between 1040-1050 by monarch Ol-de of Guge, belonging to the Kadampa Buddhist tradition.

While the huge statue of Kali, situated in the Paldon Lamo temple on the highest level, draws visitors to the highest level of Spituk Monastery, it is the incredible sight of Leh's landscape stretching for eternity with river Indus rolling by that meets them there as a pleasant surprise.

With the day losing its light make your way to the Hall of Fame, 2.4 km away on NH1D/Srinagar-Ladakh highway. A narrative on the rich and colorful cultural heritage of Ladakh as well as the heart wrenching sacrifice made by Indian soldiers over the past two decades in their fight against terror and infiltration, Leh's War museum, or Hall of Fame as it is known, brings together the varied worlds that co-exist in Leh under one small roof.

Know all about the museum at Leh War Museum/Hall of Fame.

As your last day in Leh draws to a close head back to the hotel for dinner.

Akshay Chhugani Aug 08 2013
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You can try and cover the Shanti Stupa and the Leh palace in one afternoon. Shop around the local markets and try the street food in the evening

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