Shanti Stupa

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About Shanti Stupa of Leh

Built to promote world peace and prosperity as well as to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism, Shanti Stupa is the major attraction in Leh. Perched on the mountain top, this religious place also offers a panoramic view of the city and the surroundings, and thus is a must-see.

This attraction in Leh was built at a part of the Peace Pagoda Mission by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu. Underneath the stupa is the relic of the Buddha. Sunrise and sunset are considered to be the best time of the day to visit the Shanti Stupa when views from this place to visit in Leh are spectacular.

History of Shanti Stupa

The history of Shanti Stupa states that was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura as a part of the Peace Pagoda mission. It holds the relics of the Buddha at its base that were enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama.

Architecture of Shanti Stupa


The architecture of Shanti Stupa has been done in a way to make it a two-level structure. On the first level, there is the relief of Dharmachakra with deer on each side and a central golden Buddha image sits on a platform. On the second level, there are reliefs depicting the birth and the death of Buddha and him defeating the devils while meditating. On both levels though, one can see a series of smaller meditating Buddha reliefs.

Highlights of Shanti Stupa

  • Panoramic views of the surroundings
  • Dharmachakra
  • Main deity of Golden Buddha

Best Time to Visit Shanti Stupa

The best time to visit Shanti Stupa is July to September as the roads remain clear. The days remain warm and sunny. Sunrise and sunset are the ideal time of the day.

How to Reach Shanti Stupa?

Shanti Stupa can be reached by a car or a bike. One has to climb a series of steep steps to the hilltop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How far is Shanti Stupa from Leh & what is the best way to reach?

Shanti Stupa is situated at a distance of 3-4 km from Leh Main Bazaar. Hiring a cab or renting a bike are the best ways to reach here.

Q. How old is Shanti Stupa?

Shanti Stupa is a 20th century structure built in the year 1991 by Japanese Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura.

Q. What is the best time of the day to visit Shanti Stupa?

Sunrise and sunset are the best time of the day to visit Shanti Stupa. The view from the stupa is at its best during sunrise and sunset.

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