Leh, in the northern Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir, is a historical town and a charming tourist destination at an altitude of 3524 metres. From adventure tourism to spiritual healing, from colourful festivals to charming people, this capital town of Ladakh offers everything to be a well-frequented tourist destination. Opened to tourists in 1974, Leh is known also for its strategic location, though the culture gives it a distinct identity.
Leh is a historical town and it significance reached to zenith in the 17th century. Since then, for years, it had served as a central trade centre on the renowned Silk route. At present, Leh has many beautiful tourist attractions and the Shanti Stupa- a joint effort of Japan and Ladakh for relic's preservation of Buddha- is one of them.
If the 17th century Leh Palace can be visited to feel the glorious history of the region, then the Victory Tower on the Namgyal hill takes tourists back 16th century. If the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa fascinates for its three-storied high Buddha image and prehistoric manuscripts, then trekking and river rafting avenues would charm for their thrill quotient.