Shanti Stupa

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Shanti Stupa information

Location
Leh , India
Opening hours
dawn-9pm
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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.