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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions in Leh?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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Even though the mountains here are barren, they house wonders of various colours and sizes which are all a treat for one's eyes. With its multiplicity of things to see, timeless natural beauty and a lost world charm, Leh is going to pull you back to its warm embrace time and again. Do make it a point to check out these places once you are here:

  • Leh Palace

    An imposing nine storey structure asserting itself on the rocky terrain of Leh's mountains, the Leh Palace was built by King Singge Namgyal during the 17th century. An embodiment of the grand Tibetan Architecture, this monument is now in deserted and in ruins as the royal family was exiled to the Stok ranges in 1830s. At a short walk from this monument is the Victory Tower, commissioned to commemorate the victory of Leh over Balti Kashmir armies in the early 16th century. Carrying a shawl when heading here is advisable as it gets very windy at these heights. Do make it a point to wear your sturdy sports shoes, your feet will need them.

    Entry Fee: INR 100

  • Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

    Located near the palace, this Buddhist Temple is a riot of colours, visited by devotees everyday. Open for visits only between 7-9 am in the mornings, do make it a point to head here to observe the Buddhist rituals of worship. This haven of peace and tranquility was built in 1430, but still retains all its charm. Once done with an understanding of the Buddhist culture, take a look around and enjoy the breathtaking views of Leh from the heights.

  • Shanti Stupa

    Perched on the top of the Changspa Hill, the Shanti Stupa is a marvel locked away in the towering dry mountains of this region. Though it is located up a steep flight of steps which might leave you huffing and puffing for breath, more so due to the low oxygen levels at this height, the view from the top is going to be worth every pant. Built in 1985 by the 'The Japanese for World Peace' to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism, this place offers spectacular views of sunrise and sunsets. The white dome glitters in the night thanks to the lighting here, making for spectacular views.

  • War Museum

    Showcasing artefacts from the Indo- Pak wars, this museum is also known as the Hall of Fame. Displaying pictures of the soldiers who lost their lives in during the wars, miniature views of the Jammu and Kashmir valleys, equipment used and ceased in the wars, this is a space of interest for the history buffs. A special section is devoted to the Siachen Battlefield, which was one of the most arduous and highest battlefields in the world. A visit here is an absolute must for the patriot in you.

  • Shey Palace

    The summer retreat of the royalty of Leh, this palace is the oldest one around here. Offering a splendid view of the Zanskar Mountain Ranges and Thiksey Gompa, this place also has an old fortress to its north, a must visit for those who love mystery and exploration. Again, wearing your sports shoes might be a good idea here, for the benefit of your own two feet. This palace is located at a distance of 15 km from Leh and the drive is a memorable experience, winding along the stark mountains with an allure that just can't be expressed in words.

  • Magnetic Hill

    This astounding quirk of nature is located at a distance of 30 km from Leh, but totally worth the drive and time for its fascinating quotient. A major attraction in Leh, there is a point here which draws your car to the hill at speeds up to 20 km per hour, even for engines that are not running. Imagine being pulled magically towards the hill in a car, without having to do anything! Excited? You know where to go!

With all the above, your appetite for Leh has surely been whetted, hasn't it? Come here and once you reach, you can also explore Thiksey Gompa, Stok Palace, Skara and Changspa, along with the various monasteries that dot this place.

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