This 9th-century stupa rises in concentric serrated layers flanked by numerous chortens. Recent restoration masks its aura of great...
Daily, except Sundays, there are drop-in meditation sessions (by donation) at 7.30am and 6pm, pranayama-breathing exercises at 8.30am,...
Cafe de Leh
Leh's attempt at an urban-fashion coffee shop. Wega espresso machine.
Good for all-veg Italian food, individual-size pizzas but especially for interesting, locally grown salads (like mint, cucumber and yak...
Shanti Stupa information
Dominating Leh from a high, rocky ridge, this gigantic white spired pudding of a stupa was built in 1991 by Japanese monks to promote world peace.
You can circumambulate to canned mantras and meditate in the Buddha Hall but the greatest attraction is the stunning view over Leh. Ideally, make the breathless 15-minute climb when golden afternoon light still illuminates the city but the steps up from Changspa are already bathed in cooling shadow. There's a small simple cafe.