Leh, being the head quarter of the district is the base to almost all the other places in Leh and one most probably would end up staying in Leh for at least two nights during a Leh Ladakh trip. Leh is also the only place where you can refill your fuel tanks in the region so make sure before leaving Leh to do so. Leh being an international tourist spot there’s also no dearth of hotels and guest houses and restaurants serving Indian and international cuisines. Leh also has the main airport in the Leh Ladakh region.
Shanti Stupa was built by a Japanese Buddhist organization, known as 'The Japanese for World Peace' to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism and promote World Peace. Shanti Stupa is located on a hilltop in Changspa, which is very close to the Leh town on the fort road. A white domed structure, Shanti Stupa paints a pretty picture at sunrise and sunset against the colors in the sky and can be explored with one day Leh Ladakh package.
Tsemo Fort, a structure visible from anywhere in Leh is located on the same hill as the Leh Palace. Believed to have been the earliest royal residence of the Namgyal dynasty, Tsemo fort is flanked by temples built in veneration of the guardian deities. With a full aerial view of the town of Leh, Tsemo fort commands a panoramic view of the town. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is located near the fort.
Built by the kings of Ladakh in 1553, the Leh Palace was once the world’s highest building. The primary attraction within the Leh city, Leh palace now only has the palace prayer room which lives up to the sense of former grandeur of Leh Palace.
Just out of the Leh town on the way towards Khardung - La is the donkey sanctuary, initiated by a South African photo journalist Joanne Lefson and can be explored on Leh Ladakh trip. The animals here in the donkey sanctuary are primarily those who are not capable of any work due to disabilities and have been abandoned.