Next day we drove back to Leh after having early breakfast, we reached there at 11.30 AM. We directly went to the Shanti Stupa. It is situated at a height of 13999 ft around 5 kilometres from the main Leh, though it is well connected with the road but many people prefer alternate route of climbing 500 steps to reach the Shanti Stupa. It is the most popular tourist destination in the Leh, built by the Buddhist of Japan and Ladakh together in the year 1991. The purpose of constructing the Shanti Stupa is world peace and prosperity further it is a compliment to the strong relations between Japanese and Ladakhi people through the 2500 years old legacy of Buddhism as a religion. The whole Shanti Stupa is divided into two levels, the first level consist of Dharmachakra and the second level depicting birth, death and meditating states of Lord Buddha.
After spending few hours there we headed toward the famous ‘Hall of Fame Museum’ which is dedicated to the people of Ladakh their art, culture, vegetation and wildlife also there are sections which are exclusively dedicated to army men who served their lives in various military operations during Kargil and Siachen wars. The arms and ammunitions seized from enemy country are on display along with the information about these terrains its difficulty and how people survive such altitudes are on display. Then in the evening we went to Leh market for some shopping, the market is similar to Diskit market but surely there are more shops in comparison. Some of the items which are hot in the tourist shopping lists are Pashmina wool garments including shawls, gloves, caps, stoles and sweaters etc. apart from them there are prayer wheels, Buddha faces or masks, Local Paintings, silver ornament, turquoise and wooden jewellery, carpets, rugs etc. We had dinner in the market itself as there are lot of eating joints serving local cuisines.
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