India Ladakh Leh Shanti Stupa
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Leh is the main hub for tourists. It has an airport connected to Delhi, Srinagar & Jammu. It is also connected by road, from Manali or Srinagar.

You’ll most certainly spend a day or two here, organizing your trekks and Jeep excursions around the region, going through one of the numerous agencies.  And, if you arrive by plane, acclimatize (more on that in the Get In section).

Guesthouses and hotels are thriving around the relatively large city, more so around the main bazaar, with its numerous stores, libraries and places to eat. You’ll find many also along Changspa road, which has a lot of restaurants, and the river flowing towards the end of the road, making it a chill place to stay at.

At the far end of Chanspa road, you’ll find the Shanti Stupa, up to which you can climb with the help of a stairway, allowing you to test your acclimatization (do it on day 2).

The Leh Palace overlooks the main bazaar, with its dark wall. You’ll also find a mosque on the main bazaar, as well as a buddhist temple hidden in the inner streets.

Scattered  around Leh are many monasteries and palaces, which you might want to visit on day trips or on your way back from Pangong Tso, like Hemis, Shey, Spituk, Stok, …

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