There are a number of places to visit in Leh, as this place gives you so many attractions with eye-catching views. Depending upon the time and budget you can fill your heart with lots of unforgettable memories. Ladakh is full of various colors and you will get different views in different seasons.
You must have shopped for a lot of things with the city’s crowd, but shopping between the mountains surrounded in the valley is a way different experience. I must say that this is the prime place for tourists to kill time. As such, this market is always open during summers, but due to harsh winter conditions and blocked passages, you will see only a few shops open in the winter season. This place is going to be the first in your itinerary whether we tell you or not in the places to visit in Leh.
Here, you will get good food, nice shops with all the woolen stuff and much more. One of my recommendation for the delicious and average cost of dining would be “Wazwan Planet Restaurant”, lies in the main market of Leh.
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You cannot take your eye off this major tourist attraction because of the spectacular view of Stok Kangri and the mountain ranges of Ladakh. Leh Palace is a nine storyes high royale palace in the town of Leh. The Fort has some cracks on the wall. The palace is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Indian visitors have to pay an entry fee of INR 15 per person, INR 100 for foreign citizens. From the top of the palace, you would be able to see the breathtaking view of Leh city.
Leh is very famous for its Tibetan- Buddhist culture and the colorful Gompas lapped within the bounds of the city. This stunning white-domed structure situated at a height of 11,841 ft. above sea level. It is not an easy walk to reach this magnificent beauty, you have to walk a steep climb of about 20-30 min and the view from here exquisite.
Shanti Stupa is worth visiting for people, who want to cleanse their soul and obtain peace through prayers, mediation. As well as for those who want to get spellbound by nature’s beauty.
HALL OF FAME
The motherland of the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pak Wars. The “Hall Of Fame” is only 4 km away from Leh City towards Leh- Kargil Road. Entering the museum you will find yourself in the world of war where you can see various weapons used in the Kargil War, and the ammunition captured by the Indian Army during the war. Besides all this, there are so many pictures with the History of Siachen and other associated facts about Ladakh.
To get the entry you need to buy an entry ticket of Rs. 25 per person and an additional amount of Rs.50 for photography. The opening time of the museum is from 9 A.M to 1 P.M. and from 2 P.M. to 7 P.M.
MAGNETIC HILL ROAD
Some strange anti-gravity phenomenon happens here. When you keep your vehicle steady in this location, the vehicle starts moving uphill on its own. Well, to be true, there is nothing like that but a myth as the road is the downhill road, and it’s just an illusion. So, to experience this, pack your gears and plan a trip to Ladakh.
If you happen to visit this road please do share if the magnetism is really this strong at Magnetic Hill in Ladakh? Or it is just a mind-blowing illusion? This place is about 28 kilometers from Leh city towards Leh- Kargil Highway.
GURUDWARA PATHAR SAHIB
Not just Sikh/Hindu devotees but also the Tibetan bow down at Pathar Sahib Gurudwara to seek blessings. This place is 25kms from Leh city and you can cover this in just 15-20 min as the roads are in good condition. This sacred place has the imprints of the head, shoulders, and backside of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
It is believed that a cruel demon used to frighten the people. Guru Nanak Dev Ji saved them from that demon. A Gurudwara was built with the help of an army officer after some time. Now, this holy site is worshipped and maintained by the army people since the day it was constructed. It remains open every day from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. It is indeed one of the most amazing places to visit in Leh.
It lies approximately 18 km from Leh city towards Srinagar. The monastery is famous for its cultural festival, The Gustor Festival. The collection of ancient masks, a series of tiers, courtyards, and steps containing the statue of Vajrabhairava, Mahakal Temple.
The most paradigmatic feature of the place is the taking-off and landing of the airplanes as the airport gives you an eye-catching view through the naked eyes. On the 26th to 28th of the 11th Ladakhi Lunar Month, there is a festival held in January which is an attraction to spot. It is a must-visit in our list of places to visit in Leh list during the festival.
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