Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas. Originally a stop for trading caravans, Leh is now known for its Buddhist sites and nearby trekking. Massive 17th-century Leh Palace, modeled on the Dalai Lama's former home (Tibet's Potala Palace).

Thikse Gompa (Monastery)

15th century

Chemrey Gompa

1664 monastery

Hemis National Park

snow leopard

Khardung La (Leh-Nubra Valley HIghway)

high mountain pass

Hemis Gompa (Monstery)

1672 monastery

Likir Gompa

1647 monastery

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa (Monastery)

1430 monastery

Pangong Tso (Lake)

beautiful lake

Choglamsar

tibetan refugee settlement

Leh Mosque

Islamic and tibetan architecture

Phyang Gompa (Monastery)

1515 monastery

Sankar Gompa (Monastery)

high altitude monastery

Shey Palace (Monastery)

1655 ruins

Spituk Gompa (Monstery)

11th century

Stakna Gompa (Monastery)

16th century

Stok Palace (Monastery)

14th century

Tso Kar

salt lake

Tso Moriri

lake reserve