Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Leh

Leh Palace

Bearing a passing similarity to the Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibet), this nine-storey dun-coloured edifice is Leh's dominant structure and architectural icon. It took shape under 17th-century king Singge Namgyal but …
Area in Leh

Leh Old Town

Behind Leh’s fanciful Sunni men’s mosque, Jamia Masjid, winding alleys and stairways burrow between and beneath a series of old mudbrick Ladakhi houses and eroded chortens. The alleys themselves are a large part of …
Buddhist Monastery in Leh

Spituk Gompa

Founded in the late 14th century as See-Thub (‘Exemplary’) Monastery, impressive Spituk Gompa surveys the Indus Valley with multiple mudbrick buildings tumbling merrily down a steep hillock towards Spituk village. F…
Notable Building in Leh

LAMO

This arts–media trust occupies an adjoining pair of 17th-century Ladakhi mansions, one of which was the home of the munshi (king's secretary) and thus one of the greatest homes of its era. Beautifully restored from …
Buddhist Monument in Leh

Tisseru Stupa

Ladakh's largest stupa is unlike anything else in the region – a giant, bulky mudbrick structure that looks like a half-built ziggurat (stepped pyramid). Were its interior staircases accessible rather than locked be…
Buddhist Temple in Leh

Spituk Gonkhang

Part of Spituk Gompa but separated from the rest by an outdoor stairway, the gonkhang sub-temple, which holds the monastery's guardian deities, sits at the top of Spituk's rocky outcrop along with a three-tiered lat…
Museum in Leh

Central Asian Museum

One of Leh's most remarkable buildings, this tapered four-storey stone tower is a 21st-century construction based on a historic Lhasa mansion, with the added flourish of a fortress-style drawbridge. Inside, exhibits…
Museum in Leh

Hall of Fame

Two rooms of this extensive, well-presented museum look at Ladakhi history and culture. But mostly it commemorates the Indian Army's role in Ladakh, from helping with cloudburst relief in 2010 to the high-altitude b…
Buddhist Temple in Leh

Chokhang Vihara

With its coppiced willows, the large courtyard of this 20th-century temple offers an oasis of relatively meditative calm just steps from the bustle of Main Bazaar. Inside, a monk keeps up his high-speed chant while …
Buddhist Monastery in Leh

Sankar Gompa

The timeless two-storey Sankar Gompa is Upper Leh's modest main monastery. It's a calming, meditative place, and the walk to reach it from Sankar Lane takes you past a curious stupa-monument combining a series of fi…