Things to do at the Shanti Stupa
(1) Visit the Monastery in the Shanti Stupa Premises to experience the tranquility and peace of a Buddhist temple.
(2) Circumambulate the Stupa in the clockwise direction:
The stupa is a beautiful white domed structure with a great statue of the Buddha. The walls are adorned by stories of important events from the life of Gautama Buddha. Circumambulate this great white chorten and you would be mesmerised by the peace that it emanates. Experience the beauty of this stupa which holds the relics of Lord Buddha.
(3) Watch the sunset from the Stupa and experience the breathtaking play of lights and colours as the sun sets behind the rugged mountains.
"A beautiful Sunset is a reward to another surviving day..."
Dusk is definitely one of the best time to visit. As you drive up the narrow roads to the hilltop, the play of light of the setting sun would mesmerise you. As the intensity of the heat of the sun decreases, one would feel a refreshing chill in the air. The highest peaks would be burning in golden light and the lower ones would be gradually sinking into shadows. A peaceful hymn playing at the monastery would blend in with the wind , and the light and the serenity of the Shanti Stupa. You would be amazed by the beauty of the approaching dusk as the sky changes to different shades of blue , orange and pink and eventually darkness sets in.
(4) Enjoy a thrilling bike ride to the Shanti Stupa:
Ladakh is a treasure chest of beautiful road trips and a road trip the Shanti Stupa on bike should be something one should never miss. The feeling of gaining height as one drives along the sharp turns and narrow roads with the wall of mountain on one side and the deep Leh valley on the other is a pure thrill.
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So, include Shanti Stupa in your itinerary of places to visit in Leh and experience the surreal beauty of the high Himalayan landscape!!!
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