Built to promote world peace and prosperity, the Shanti Stupa in Leh is a religious building that also provides a stunning panoramic view of the city and surroundings. If you're going to Leh, this destination should be on your list of must-sees.
This stupa was put in place at the peace pagoda by Japanese Buddhist monks. The relic of Buddha is housed underneath the stupa. You should visit during sunrise or sunset because the views from here to this point are quite good.
The history of Shanti Stupa was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura. It holds the relics of Buddha at its base that were enshrined by Dalai Lama XIV.
The central figure of the Shanti Stupa is Dharmachakra, who's flanked by deer on each side. Beneath the main figure sits a golden Buddha who's served by meditating Buddhas. On both levels, though, can be seen smaller meditating Buddhas.
The ideal time to visit Shanti Stupa is July to September. Those months are the most peaceful with hot, sunny days and mild temperatures. Sunrise and sunset are the perfect times to visit.
Shanti Stupa is located 3-4 kilometers from Leh Main Bazaar. Car or bike rentals are the best ways to reach here.