Surrounded by the mighty Himalayas and border to Pakistan, Leh the capital of Ladakh is the quintessential holiday destination. It is a heaven for adventure lovers and bikers, where one can engage in some serious trekking, mountaineering, camping, and water rafting and sauntering through the Buddhist monasteries.
Unknown to many, Leh is a historical hub and has many untold stories within its valleys. The Tibetan art and architecture can be glimpsed at the Leh Palace built in the 17th century, which was home of the royal family until they were exiled. The Leh Monastery and Gompha - 12 of them near the River Indus cannot be missed. Lamayuru - the oldest monastery is believed to have been a sacred site for the pre-Buddhist religion known as Bon. The Spituk Monastery, Shanti Stupa, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Shankar gompa, Shey Gompa and Leh Mosque an exquisite work of the Turko-Iranian architecture are worth a visit.