The capital of the Ladakh district, Leh is towards the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir. It is perched at a height of 3,505 m above sea level. The region is watered by the Zanskar River, which flows into the Indus River just below. In the winters, it is freezing cold with temperatures going below 0°C. Leh is one of the favorite tourist destinations located in the northernmost parts of the country. Lapped in the snow-covered fringes of the Himalayas, Leh has been the center of Tibeto-Buddhist culture since ages. Its colorful gompas have attracted the devout Buddhists from all over the globe.
Buddhism is the religion of the majority of Leh District’s population. The most attractive features of the Landscape of Leh are the Buddhists Gompas ( Monasteries). The Gompas are situated on the highest points of the mountain spurs or sprawl over cliff sides, located in vicinity of villages and provide focus for the faith of Buddhists. These many Gompas celebrate their annual festivals in winter marked by gay mask dances. Gompas have a wreath of artifacts.
The main attraction of Leh are its Buddhist Monasteries. Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Phyang Monastery, Lamayuru Monastery, Spituk Monastery are some of them. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Shey Palace and Leh Bazaar are some of the other tourist attractions. Khardongla Pass is also very important tourist attraction, which is the highest motor able Pass in the World, 5600 Meters above sea level, and has been recorded in the Gunnies Book of World Records.
Pangong Lake and Tsomoriri Lake are two beautiful lakes in Leh. Tsomoriri Lake is breeding grounds for numerous species of birds.
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