A Buddhist monastery just 52 kms west of Leh, perched atop a little hill by the Indus River, Likir is a repository of ancient artifacts: manuscripts, a significant Thangka collection, costumes and earthen pots. And on its roof, is a 75 ft. high gilded statue of the Maitreya Buddha.
A beautiful Gurudwara built in 1517 to commemorate the visit of the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak to Ladakh.
This small monastery is a branch of Spituk Monastery, and prides itself on a collection of miniature statues with pure gold paintings.
Shanti Stupa was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985 and completed in 1991 by the Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. A repository of the relics of the Buddha, it was established for world peace.
The Spituk monastery boasts of prized Thangkas paintings and enormous statues of Kali.
Famed for its impressive Potala-like location overlooking many picturesque villages.
Built in 1430 A.D., the monastery prides itself on statues of the Maitreya Buddha, Avalokiteshvara and Manjushree as well as ancient manuscripts and frescoes.
Located in the heart of Leh town, this is one of the major historical mosques in Ladakh, also featuring a memorial to the Sufi saint, Mir Syed Ali Hamdani.
One of the largest and oldest monasteries in Ladakh, Lamayuru is home to 150 resident monks, and hosts two annual masked dance festivals in the Tibetan lunar calendar, when all the monks from surrounding monasteries gather here to pray.
The largest and the most important of all monasteries in Ladakh, this Tibetan Buddhist monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king, Sengge Namgyal. The annual Hemis festival in early June is a landmark event in the Ladakhi calendar.
A monastic complex dating back to the 10th Century, famed for its gigantic clay statues of Buddha, and a painted ceiling of stupa from the 12th/13th Century.