Shanti Stupa is considered as one of the beautiful Tibetan structures ever built in LehLadakh. The beauty, as well as architecture of the place, cannot be explained. It is a white dome structured which is entirely dedicated to Buddhism. The structure is at the hilltop at the height of 11,842 feet above the level of the sea. Stupaoffers attractive views of the nearby surroundings and hence it draws the attention of tourists every year.
Shanti Stupa allows offering the views of the beautiful surroundings and in return, it draws the attention of millions of tourists every year. One can see the natural beauty at night especially at the time of full moon when it is illuminated by the moonlight.
The architecture of Shanti Stupa
The Buddhist stupas serve as a mark for sacred space which represents Gautam Buddha’s burial mound. Also, India has few of the oldest stupas which are of the Buddhist culture. The architecture style of the Stupa is quite different from a typicalLadakhi architecture which also makes it a popular as well as the unique attraction of the place.
The structure can be seen in a milk-white color and it is also tall with two stories which are on the top. The mound or the dome recalls dirt mound which was used to cover the remains of Buddha. Walls can be seen painted in colorful reliefs that indicate the milestones in Gautam Buddha life – his fight against all the devils, birth, victories over the negative things as well as death.
Best time to visit the place
The best time to visit Shanti Stupa would be during the time of summers. The temperature remains between 15 degrees Celcius and 30 degrees Celcius. This is the best season with warm sun and clear blue sky. Winters, as well as monsoons, experience snowfall, seasonal showers as well as cloudy skies and hence this, might not be the best time to visit stupa.
The views of the sunset, as well as sunrise from Shanti Stupa, are enchanting and one must try to visit the place during those hours.
How to reach Shanti Stupa?
The closest way to Leh is Chandigarh Railway Station as well as Pathankot Railway Station, both of them which are 72 hours away by road. You may opt to take a bus to Leh from nearby places as well and it will take about 4-5 days to get to Leh with some of the frequent stops.
Both the routes, either via road or rail, both are scenic and worth every time you have spent on them.
You must climb 500 steps to reachShanti Stupa, and this is also the route which is recommended to explore and soak to the beautiful surroundings of the monument. You may also opt for a taxi that will take you to the place at affordable rates and in less time.
Tips to consider
• Reaching to the hilltop requires trek. Therefore, make sure to be in your comfortable attire.
• Make sure to not miss the view of the place at night.