"LITTLE TIBET OR THE LAND OF LAMAS"
Leh, Ladakh’s precious possession, its biggest town Leh, is a traveler’s delight. It is also known as “Land of High Passes” and is mainly inhibited by Tibetans. Leh, the capital of Ladakh, has been an important junction on the famous Silk Route of the olden times. It is also the second largest district of the country spreading in an area of 45,110 kms and is located at an altitude of 11,562 ft. The Leh region is blessed with beautiful landscapes, sky-kissing monuments, tranquil lakes and evergreen forests which cast a magical scenic beauty.
The dry barren landscape of Leh is full of historic Buddhist monasteries which gives it an incredible sight to behold. Leh’s Buddhist monasteries and historical monuments are the main attractions for the visitors. The most imposing and must visit place in Leh is the Leh Palace, which is a nine multistory residence used to be occupied by the royals in the seventh century. The wooden balconies of the Palace truly fill the heart of an individual with pleasure and joy.
One may also climb up the Shanti Stupa, located just outside the town, to get a better view of the neighboring exotic locales. The various monasteries which are located in this region also add to the beauty of the region. The rocky realm of the region offers a number of bizarre and striking places which are worth visiting at least in a lifetime. The beauty of Leh is incomparable, and no other place can quite match the deep cloudless blue skies here, the barren, multi-coloured mountains, the jewel-like lakes and the ancient Buddhist gompas (monasteries) of Ladakh. Leh is considered as the light of Himalaya.