Majestically, this fort sits with pride at the edge of the mountain range overlooking the Leh city. General Zorawar Fort is a must visit attraction when you visit the city. Its impressive structure is made from a local type of clay, sun-dried bricks, stones and wooden frames around the edges. This fort was home to the "Conqueror of Ladakh" late Zorawar Singh Kahluria who consistently struggled against the Chinese Rulers. And even now this major tourist attraction gleams with pride and it is declared as one of the national monuments in India by Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958.
In 1630 the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso who was invited to Ladakh by the King Singay Namgyal and was give estate throughout the region. Inside the monastery, a copper gilded statue of Lord Buddha can be see along with various stupas that are said to be made of precious metal like gold and silver. Some 3 km away, on the side of the mountain above the monastery is a sacred hermitage which is reckoned to have been founded by the great Gyalwa Kotsang can be seen. In this hermitage/cave, one can witness his footprint and handprint on the rock. It is said that the hermitage was found several years prior to Hemis Monastery. There is also a museum in the premises of the monastery, where several ancient religious and historical paintings (Thangkas), weapons, carriers, and even a stuffed vulture pup is exhibited. However, the photography is prohibited inside the museum.
To reach General Zorawar Fort, you will find local taxis from the city or guided tour buses. You can also trek to the fort which takes 15 minutes from Leh city. Leh can be easily reached from Srinagar and Manali; they have good bus and cab facilities with to and from services.
Surrounded by the heap of rocky mountains the attractions in Leh-Ladakh are at no ends. The beauty of the graveled hill tops houses some beautiful monasteries, forts/palaces, and rivers. And things to see in Leh are Spituk Gompa, Hemis Monastery, Hemis National Park, Raisi Fort, Royal Palace, Spituk Monastery, Zangla Monastery, Phyang, Likir, Spituk, and Thiksey. There are many things to do in Leh such as River Rafting, Camel and Jeep safari, Trekking and Mountain biking.
The best time to visit this magnificent destination Leh and General Zorawar Fort is during summers when the weather is calm and pleasant, March to September are considered to be the best time to visit this attraction.