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Alchi Monastery, Leh

Features

Alchi Monastery built thousands years back on the banks of Indus river. The monastery has shrines of Tibetan region including spectacular wall paintings of Buddha.

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Hemis Monastery, Leh

Features

Built in 1630 on the banks of Indus river, Hemis Monastery is the biggest and popular monastery. The monastery is beautifully decorated with colorful flags and religious pictures on white walls. The monastery has the guardian deities and the Wheel of Life. The library of monastery has collection of Tibetan books, gold statues, Stupas decorated with precious stones and Thangkas.

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Jama Masjid, Leh

Features

Jama Masjid of Leh is the biggest masjid of Ladakh built in 1666-67 AD. The historical and religious monument is the symbol of agreement between the ruler of Ladakh Deldan Namgyal and the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Located in the main market of Leh, the entry is restricted to men only.

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Leh Palace (Lhachen Palkhar)

Features

Leh Palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal during 17th century and later abandoned due the attack of Dongra forces. Nine storied palace is now in ruined condition and with the efforts of Archaeological Survey of India is restored for public. The roof of the palace provides panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding areas. It also houses Palace Museum which exhibit collection of royal dresses, crown, royal family personal belongings, ornaments, embroidered thangkas and paintings dating back 450 years old.

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Matho Monastery (Matho Gompa), Leh

Features

Matho Monastery was built by the Lama Dugpa Dorje during 16th century in Matho village. Many structures of the monastery are demolished and built new one. The monastery has the museum which exhibits the 400 years old Thangkas.

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Shanti Stupa, Leh

Features

Shanti Stupa is white domed stupa built on a Changspa, a steep hill by the Ladakh and Japanese Buddhists and inaugurated by His Holiness The Dalai Lama in 1991. The monastery has a two level structure. The first level features Dharmchakra with two deer on each side and a central image of Lord Buddha in golden colour sitting on a platform turning the Dharmchakra wheel. The second level depicts the birth of Buddha, defeating of devils in meditation and death of Buddha along with many small images of meditating Buddha. Overlooking Leh city, it also offers surrounding view of beautiful mountains.

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Spituk Monastery, Leh

Features

Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery built by Od-De, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub-od in 11th century. The monastery contains 100 monks and a giant statue of Goddess Kali which is unveiled only on occasion of Spituk festival. The Sculptures, miniature chortens ancient masks, antique arms and fine thangkas are displayed on the altar.

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Stok Palace, Leh

Features

Stok Palace was built by King Tsepal Tondup Namgyal and became residence of the Ladakh royal family after deserting Leh Palace. Located among mountains, the majestic four storied palace has mix of ancient and modern architecture. The palace also houses the museum which have collection of embroidered ceremonial scrolls, jewellery, armour, paintings, crafts and artifacts.

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Tsemo (Victory) Fort, Leh

Features

Tesmo fort or Victory fort is now in ruined condition and once royal residence of the Namgyal dynasty. The fort complex has few temples built in veneration of the guardian deities of the dynasty.

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