Town of Leh - Ladakh

Tripoto
27th Apr 2019
Photo of Town of Leh - Ladakh by Vasu Devan M

I was hoping to get a window seat when I check-in but unluckily I could not. Boarded the flight to Leh from Delhi at 10:00am. The flight was full and took off for Leh. Just before descending onto Leh, the view of the majestic Himalayas was, as clichéd as it may sound, truly breath-taking! I could literally see glaciers and snow capped mountains everywhere! The plane took a huge U-turn around a big hill before landing onto the Leh airport runway. It was flanked by the Leh Air Force Base and I even saw two Military Aircrafts taking-off. The moment I got out of the plane cabin, a chill in the air welcomed me to Leh (at altitude of 3524m/11,562ft above sea level). Let’s see some important facts about Himalayan mountain range before we move on to the photographs of picturesque ‘Ladakh’, and then to Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

Few places in India are at once so traveller friendly and yet so enchanting and hassle-free as mountain-framed Leh. Leh is a town in the Leh district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, situated at an altitude of 3,524 metres (11,562 ft), dotted with stupas and whitewashed houses, the Old Town is dominated by a dagger of steep rocky ridge topped by an imposing Tibetan-style palaces and forts. Leh’s a place that’s all too easy to fall in love with – but take things very easy on arrival as the altitude requires a few days' acclimatisation before you can safely start enjoying the area's gamut of adventure activities. Ladakh Ladakh ("land of high passes") is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Jammu and Kashmir and its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture.

The very first glimpse of beautiful Ladakh as seen from my room window.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

The main market of Leh is a beautiful street market with many lanes and by-lanes, all of which have small shops selling a variety of products.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

Town of Leh, surrounded by lush greens and snow-capped mountains - as captured from the top of Shey Palace.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

The Shey Palace is built up in a very beautiful way and is extended up to 3 floors. It is is placed on a hill ‘Shey’ includes a gold topped victory Stupa. The monastery has a two storied statue of Sakyamuni Buddha shaped with copper and gold.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

The name Shey is translated into Ladakhi that means mirror and it is known as the reflection of the palace. It's famous for its scenic magnificence, palace and monasteries.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

The shey is located at a intentional location overlooking the entire heartland of Ladakh.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten) on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

The stupa has become a tourist attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

Because of its location on top of a hill and its size , this structure is visible from all parts of Leh and from Khardungla top as well.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

A view from the platform of Stupa where you get a great visuals of Leh town and the surrounding areas.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

Hall of Fame is a museum constructed by the Indian Army in memory of the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives defending the motherland in the Indo-Pak wars.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

It stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices, bravery, and exemplary courage displayed by our soldiers while performing their service in the line of duty to ensure the safety and security of our country.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

A statue of a serene-appearing Lord Buddha stands in front of the Hall of Fame with a message that reads, "It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours."

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M

The statue of Lord Buddha at the entrance of the museum will make you feel the wave of peace stirring inside you. He’s the king of Ladakh region.

Photo of Leh by Vasu Devan M
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