One of the greatest specimens of Tibetan architecture in Leh is the iconic Shanti Stupa. An unparalleled expression of art, the Shanti Stupa is a domed structure in covered in pristine white and is devoted to Buddhists beliefs. The stupa is nestled in a precipitous peak, almost 12,000 feet above the ground, and provides a panoramic view of the heavenly landscape at this mesmerizing height.
Built in the 1990s by Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura, a Buddhist from Japan, it commemorates 2500 years of peace and amity advocated by Buddhism. It was part of a peace-sect for the promotion of world peace through the teachings of Buddha. The stupa houses a colossal statue of Buddha as well as several ancient artefacts of Buddhist culture.
The stupa is visited by thousands of visitors to admire the architecture and soak in the tranquility of the structure and surroundings. The stupa lies opposing the Leh Palace and gives a spectacular view of the beautiful Leh hamlets, including the stunning countryside of the Changspa village. In the night, the pearly dome gleams in the darkness and gives the illusion of the moon touching the land. The Shanti Stupa is a great stop for visitors seeking tranquility while looking forward to be awed by incredible scenery all around.