Shanti Stupa is one of the best attractions in Leh Ladakh and it holds a lot of significance. This monument was built to promote prosperity and world peace and that’s the reason why it was painted white.
Shanti Stupa also commemorates 2500 years old Buddhism and attracts all the travelers visiting Leh-Ladakh anytime in the year. While you hike up to the stupa, it offers a mesmerizing view of the surroundings and that is why it is a must-visit attraction in Leh city.
This magnificent dome-shaped building is beautifully constructed on a hilltop approximately 3609 m above sea level. Consecrated by the Dalai Lama, the Shanti Stupa holds a lot of religious significance amongst the Buddhists because it holds a few relics of Buddha. Nevertheless, a lot of adventure junkies and nature lovers visit here; some for the thrill to reach that height and some to simply offer their prayers and enjoy the view. But keep in mind that there are approximately 500 steps that one has to climb to reach the top.
A brief history of Shanti Stupa
Originally the idea of constructing the Shanti Stupa was conceived by Fuji Guruji named Nichidatsu Fujii. This was back in 1914 but the stupa was constructed by Tibetan and Japanese monks together. The Shanti Stupa project was a part of the peace pagoda mission. The construction of this beautiful stupa started in 1983 and finished in 1984.
And now as we know it, Shanti Stupa is one of the best places to visit in Leh. A lot of visitors come here every year.
Highlights of Shanti Stupa
- Hiking up to an astonishing height of 3609 m.
- Climbing up 500 stairs to reach the hilltop.
- The main deity of Golden Buddha.
- The beautiful view of the surroundings.
Best time to visit Shanti Stupa
The best time to visit Shanti Stupa is during summers between June and September. The days are warmer and sunny making it comfortable for people to explore. Also, it is advised to visit here during noon, although it is open from sunrise to sunset.
How far is Shanti Stupa from Leh
Not far! Shanti Stupa is approximately 4 km from the main bazaar road of Leh.
Best places to visit around Shanti Stupa
Shanti Stupa is not the only place you can enjoy yourself at. There are a few more attractions around the stupa. While you plan on visiting here, if time allows, make sure these places are also on your list:
- Sankar Gompa- 1.8 km from Shanti Stupa
- The Leh Palace- 2.8 km from Shanti Stupa
- Spituk Gompa- 9.4 km from Shanti Stupa
- Hall of fame museum- 6.9 km from Shanti Stupa
- Gomang Stupa- 2.2 km from Shanti Stupa
If you want to cover all these places you should create your route in the pattern given below. It is a complete circuit and you won’t have to toss between attractions:
Shanti Stupa- Sankar Gompa- Leh Palace- Hall of Fame museum- Spituk Gompa- Gomang Stupa
Rules and tips to follow while visiting Shanti Stupa
While you head to Shanti Stupa, here are a few rules and tips to follow for a better visiting experience:
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes because you will have to trek a bit to reach the top.
- According to the rules, you will have to take off your shoes before entering the main Stupa.
- You will have to pay a fine if you are seen smoking in the complex or you are under the influence of alcohol.
- You will have to maintain the decorum in the complex.
- If you are around the stupa or living in a complex facing stupa, do not forget to get the night view from your window. With the lights on, it is simply breathtaking.
- You can carry your camera and click yourself with stupa or the splendid beauty around.
- Keep yourself hydrated throughout the trip because that’s of utmost importance.
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