Shanti Stupa

Built in 1991, the Shanti Stupa is a white-domed Chorten located on a hilltop overlooking the Leh city. Built by Japanese Buddhists with the help of Ladakh Buddhists as part of a mission to promote world peace and to celebrate 2500 years of Buddhism, the Stupa is built as a two-storeyed structure and differs from the conventional Ladakh style of architecture. The first level houses a golden statue of Buddha sitting on a platform turning the wheel of dharma or Dharmachakra. The second level houses the images depicting scenes of birth and death of Buddha. Located at just a short drive from Leh, the stupa stands tall as a symbol of harmony between Japan and Ladakh and also provides breath-taking views of the surrounding snow-capped hills and valleys. Illuminated view of the Stupa during the night is a visual treat to eyes. A trip to Leh-Ladakh is definitely incomplete without a visit to this lovely monument.

One can also visit the Leh Palace, which is quite close to the Shanti Stupa. Don't forget to click some amazing pictures against the backdrop of the stupa. From here, the view of Leh is extremely beautiful. Tourists can also consider visiting the market nearby the Shanti Stupa to pick some local handicrafts.

July to september will be the best times to plan a trip to the Shanti Stupa as the roads are clear. The day remains warm and sunny with a sudden dip in temperatures towards the evening.


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