The Shanti Stupa – Face of Ladakh tourism is the white-colored dome shaped structure mounted in Chandspa that dominated the entire Leh region from an altitude of 3,609 meters. Built-in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura, this place is a symbol of peace and prosperity in the Pagoda mission.It resembles the relationships between the people of Ladakh and Japan. This vast and magnificent monument looks absolutely beautiful during the day and is illuminated by lights during the night. This pillar of peace built by the peace sect of Japanese Buddhist organization embarks the promotion of world peace by celebrating the completion of 2500 years of Buddhism. Inside the Stupa are found the relics of Buddha enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama in 1985. Spread across two levels this Stupa is known for its gilt panels, which depict the life stories of Lord Buddha. The first level consists of the main Idol of Lord Buddha in the form of "turning wheel of Dharma" or the Dharmachakra while the second level features the relics depicting the life cycle of Lord Buddha like the birth of Buddha, Death of Buddha and how did he defeat the devils while doing meditation.
History of The Shanti Stupa : The Shanti Stupa was built by both Ladakh and Japanese Buddhists. It was made as part of Nichidatsu Fujii’s mission to resurrect Buddhism back in India in 1914 by building Peace Pagodas and temples all over the world. It was in 1983, when the Ladakhi and Japanese Buddhists offered voluntary help to construct the Shanti Stupa that began under the supervision of Kushok Bakula, a lama of Ladakh from New Delhi and Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura, a Japanese Buddhist. In 1984, the Prime minister of India, Smt Indira Gandhi, sanctioned the construction of a road to the Stupa. And In 1991, It was inaugurated by the 14th and current Dalai Lama - Tenzin Gyatso.
Location :Located just at a distance of 5 km from Leh, this place is surrounded by traditionally built houses of the locals and snow covered mountains. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Leh and its mesmerizing to watch the beautiful sunrise and sunset from this place which makes the journey to this place unforgettable and memorable.
Getting There-As this place is located at an altitude of 11,841 ft, you can reach here by car or by climbing a series of around 500 steps to the hilltop. One of the closest landmarks to the Shanti Stupa is the palace in Leh.
Timings:The Shanti Stupa is open for visitors from 5 am to 9 pm on all days of the week for travellers coming from all across the world.
Things to Do and See in and around :You can also consider visiting Leh Palace, which is at a close distance to Shanti Stupa. On your journey towards this place, it’s irresistible to click some amazing pictures against the backdrop of the Stupa. The view of the entire Leh region is breathtaking from here. Tourists can also visit the nearby markets to shop for local handicrafts.
Best time to visit:The best time to visit Shanti Stupa to watch it in its full glory and shine is the month from July to September. The days here are so warm and sunny, but there is a sudden dip in temperatures towards the evening.
The Stupa looks beautiful during the golden hour and can provide the best views illuminated by glittering lights during the night. Make your trip memorable by planning your vacation in this magical land of Ladakh. Apart from the stunning snow-capped mountains, beautiful valleys, and architectural monasteries, you can explore the beauty of this paradise by mountain climbing, trekking, yak safaris, or just interact with the locals by taking part in their cultural festivals. Do check out more about the different ladakh Ladakh Packages to Leh Ladakh that Go2Ladakh offers.
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