A landmark mosque in Leh, the Jama Masjid, is located in the central part of the Leh town area. The mosque is significant historically as it is dedicated to a Sufi saint Mir Syed Ali Hamdani as part of a pact between the Deldan Namgyal, the then head of state of Ladakh and the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The mosque was constructed in 1667 AD and has undergone several restorations since its inception.
The largest mosque in Ladakh and the one that is highly patronized by the Sunni Muslims of surrounding areas, the mosque can accommodate around 500 followers at a time for prayers. The mosque is intricately carved in stone and built in the style of typical Ladakhi construction. The domed structure is also home to the Shah-I-Hamdan memorial. Only men are allowed to offer prayers inside the mosque between 5 am and 9 pm every day.
The mosque is surrounded by other attractions which can be visited on a whim. These include Raisi Fort, Spituk Monastery, Hemis National Park, Zangla Monastery, Phyang, and Thiksey. The mosque stands amongst the various monasteries and temples in Leh as a symbol of the diverse culture and ethos of the Ladakhi people.