This is a valley which lies in the Northeast of Ladakh valley. The Shyok River which is the tributary of Indus River meets the Nubra River to form a large valley which separates Ladakh and kakoram ranges. This valley is a cold desert in high altitude with no vegetation. Life is very tough for the people of this range as this place is an international border but from tourist point of view it is a must watch.
This is a very interesting place located 30 km away from Leh district and it is also known as ‘Gravity hill ’which is exactly located is Leh-kargil-Srinagar Highway. Many tourists come here by car to experience something strange viz. the surrounding of this place produces an optical illusion that the downhill slope is an uphill slope and thus if you are traveling by car, you would get a feel that your car is moving against the gravity.
It is one of the very few monument of Leh and the hence a must watch for everyone visiting the place. It was built by King Sengge Namgyal and was his royal palace. In the mid 19th century it was abandoned wheh Dogra force took over the control of Ladakh and these days it has been under the control of Archeological survey of India and it is open for the public. The palace museum has a museum which houses crowns, jewellary and ornaments which are more than 450 years old and they are worth watching.
It is Buddhist Stupa on a hill top in Leh. It was built in 1991 Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomo Nakamura. This Stupa is a major tourist attraction because of its religious significance as well as the landscape. The Shanti Stupa was built to promote the peace and celebrate 2500 years of Buddhism and it features the photograph of current Dalai Lama and previous ones as well.
It is yet another Buddhist monastery in the city and is situated 15 km away from Leh. It was founded by Lama Lhawang during the 14th century and for some time it was also used the residence of ladakhi royalty of Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh. It has an impressive library which includes all the 108 volumes of sacred text known as Kangyur and it is free for everyone.
Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
This is a beautiful Gurudwara which was constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak on the Leh kargil road. It is said that Guru Nanak went to many distant places to propagate the message of peace and love including Tibet and japan. Buddhist monks consider Nanak as a saint, so in the year 1517 this gurdwara was built by Buddhists to honor the visit of great saint Guru Nanak to Ladakh.