Leh is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Leh one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Leh is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Leh or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Leh. Explore the historical monuments of Leh with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Leh guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Leh page for the complete list of attractions and activities.
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Top Historical Leh landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Leh.
#1 of 9 Historical Places in Leh | Added 61492 times in trip plans
Namgyal Hill Leh, Jammu & Kashmir 194101
07:00 am - 04:00 pm
A lonely, proud structure, the Leh Palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal of Tibet in the 17th century. Once, it was the world’s highest building; now it’s in abandoned disrepair. It’s nine floors, once exotically furnished and decorated are now a dark maze that you must navigate to reach the top. The upper stories were used as t...
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Alchi, Jammu and Kashmir 194106
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Locals say Buddhist leader Guru Rinchen Zangpo built the monastery in the 11th century, but the monuments record Tibetan Kal-dan Shes-rab doing so in the 12th. This is not any one building but a complex of structures, of which the main ones are:
The Dukhang (Assembly and worship hall): See the frescoes of 1000 buddhas in the main passage, the pain...
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Leh District, Jammu & Kashmir
08:00 am - 07:00 pm
Home to the erstwhile Royal Family of Ladakh, the structure has been extensively renovated and extended to suit its new function as a museum of royal history. Artefacts crowns, photos, coins, official articles and jewelry are exhibited. Thankas (Buddhist paintings on silk), representing the teachings and ideologies of Buddha, are also displayed. Th...
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Leh, Jammu & Kashmir
05:00 am - 09:00 pm
Over three hundred years old and patronized primarily by the Sunni Muslims, the Jama Masjid of Leh is the largest, and most visited mosque in the region. Carved out of stone, it is revered as a temple of ancient heritage, which once welcomed the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, who directed its construction in collaboration with King Deldan Namgyal of Lad...
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Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194104
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
Founded by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od, in the 11th century, this monastery is the home of the Tsonkhapa order of Tibetan Buddhism. It is famous for the giant statue it has of the Goddess Kali. The structure rises on a hill overlooking the Indus river, making for some great views. Getting around the complex involves climbing b...
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Basgo, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Though the temple itself was only built in the second half of the 17th century, the Basgo area has been culturally significant for hundreds of years and even longer. The town is now in ruins, and only the monastery remains looking over it. Technically the structure was built as a mud fortress by Namgyal rulers to protect against invaders. Highlight...
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Matho, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
Matho means ‘lots of happiness’. The gompa is on a hill overlooking the Matho village, inside a gorge reaching out from inside the Zanskar Mountains. It was established in 1410, and most of the buildings seem to be in ruins, but the main hall, which is brightly painted and has a Sakyamuni Buddha statue, has been renovated. Look for the ...
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Namgyal Hill, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Apparently this ruined fort lies above Leh Palace. It was built in the 19th century by Dogra Warrior General Zarowar Singh, famous for his battles against Chinese forces. There is a small exhibit on coins and stamps inside the fort premises now, leftovers of the Dogra dynasty. There is also a mosque, a temple, a spring and a garden. It’s a nice spot for some landscape photography.
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Sumda Chun village, Leh, India
65 kilometre southwest of Leh lies one of the remotest villages in Ladakh, inaccessible by road. The road only goes to Sumdo, after which you must hike up a river valley trail for three to four hours to a village of just 120 people. There is no electricity here. But it is worth it to reach one of the earliest surviving Buddhist monasteries. It&rsqu...