Best Time To Visit Leh
The lovely landscapes and the majestic mountains of Leh India attract adventurers and tourists alike. The best time for Leh Ladakh tour in India is in the summer months i.e. between the months of June and August. The road is open thus the transportation to and from Leh is easy in summers. In winters the temperature at Leh goes below zero degrees often.
Tourist Attractions of Leh Travel
Within the town of Leh itself there is plenty to see and do. An easy walk away through the interesting coppersmiths quarter, past the Moravian Church, the Ladakh Ecological Centre and across the fields, is the Sankar Gompa.
Another interesting walk to the Ladakh Shanti Stupa goes through the picturesque village of Changspa.
In the colourful bazaar are fascinating little shops with everything from semi precious stones - Lapiz, Coral, Turquoise and Pearls to fine curios and artefacts. It is a marvellous shopping experience.
Skara another pretty village and the ramparts of the old Earthern Fort of Zorawar Singh makes another little expedition. Eating out is fun at open air garden and sidewalk restaurants that offer Tibetan, Indian and even Continental cuisine.
Buddhism & Monasteries In Leh
Though Leh has been capital of this region since the 17th century, strewn around it along the Indus valley are earlier capitals of he region. From Leh one can wander off on marvellous day expeditions to get a glimpse of some of the treasures of Ladakh Leh travel.
Not far from Leh, Shey is the oldest capital of Ladakh from where its earliest Tibetan kings ruled. Perched on top of a huge rock are the royal palace and temples adorned with brilliantly coloured murals and a 7.5 metre gold statue of the Buddha. Basgo and Tingmosgang with their forts and palaces were also capitals of Ladakh. Stok Palace across the river from Leh is the home of the erstwhile royal family. The Palace Museum here has collections of beautiful royal costumes and jewellery, exquisite Thangkas, porcelain, jade, weapons and armour.
Within easy reach of Leh is the Spituk Monastery with its commanding view of he indus. It has fine Thangkas and a collection of ancient masks. Thikse Monastery one of the most impressive in the area is spectacularly located and is noted for its beautiful murals. Hemis is of course the biggest gompa in Ladakh and the best known for its magnificent summer festival that celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. The largest thangka in Ladakh is to be found here. It is unfolded only once every 12 years.
The living Buddhist heritage is manifest in the villages where Mani walls are engraved with the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum and stones are piled into commemorative mounds known as Chorten. The Gompas precariously perched on steep hillsides or rock faces seem an integral part of the rugged landscape.