Half Day at Ladakh Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda)

Religious art work on the walls of Shanti Stupa in Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India

A short walk from the center of Leh town to Ladakh Shanti Stupa is good for acclimatization that would reduce chances of mountain sickness during high altitude treks and trips. Walk instead of hiring a taxi! Start early in the morning and return to the town by noon. Or walk up to the stupa in the evening and enjoy sunset and lighting at the stupa. 

Shanti Stupa, a white religious structure built during 1983-1991, is dedicated to Buddha. The relics of the Buddha are preserved at the base. His Holiness the Dalai Lama inaugurated the symbol of the Buddhism in 1985. The stupa is a collective effort of the Ladakhi and the Japanese followers of Buddha. The Indian Kushok Bakula and the Japanese Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura supervised the construction of the stupa that doubles as a vantage point commanding views of the Indus River, the Khardung La, Leh Town, and Matho and Stok villages. The stupa complex is a perfect sunset and sunrise point for beauty lovers. Lit up in the night the stupa looks lovely. The bright white structure decorated with art work in bold colors enhances the craggy skyline of Leh. 

The two-level stupa was erected to celebrate twenty five centuries of Buddhism and to promote prosperity and peace in the world. The second level showcases three important events of the Buddha’s life: birth, triumph over devils, and death. Several colorful Buddha reliefs adorn the walls of both the levels. There is also a temple within complex. 

This “Peace Pagoda” at an altitude of 4,267 meters (14,081 feet) overlooks Leh Palace and Tsemo Namgyal Castle. About three kilometers from the center of the town, the chorten (stupa) crowns the hill.

 

Practical Information

Access 

A motor able road connects the town and the stupa. However, we advise you to walk up to the stupa in the morning or evening. While returning, you can follow a long steep flight of more than one hundred steps leading to Changspa Lane from the stupa café. 

Taxi Rate

₹ 198-257 for four passengers or more depending on the model of taxi

Visiting Hours

05:00 am to 09:00 pm 

Entry Fee

Free

Photography

Allowed | No Fee

 

 

 

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