It is situated on a hilltop in Chanspa in Leh Ladakh, it is a Buddhist white domed structure. It was built to promote world peace (as word shanty means Peace) and prosperity and to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism. It is considered a symbol of the ties between the people of Japan and Ladakh.
The stupa is built as a two-level structure. In the first level, a central golden Buddha image sits on a platform depicting the 'turning wheel of Dharma' (Dharmacakra). The second level has relics depicting the 'birth' of Buddha, the death of Buddha (mahanirvana) and Buddha 'defeating the devils' while meditating.
The beautiful positioning of this stupa provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. This has become a primary reason for Shanti Stupa to become a tourist attraction apart from its religious significance.
Best time to visit:
The stupa is open for tourists between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Sunrise and sunset are considered to provide the best views from Shanti Stupa. The stupa is illuminated with lights at night. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.
A small town to the southeast of Ladakh, Hemis is synonymous with the Hemis monastery. The largest and highly majestic monastery has a rich cultural heritage and is said to have been built in the 11th century. It was later reconstructed by King Sengge Namgyal.
Things to see and do : Hemis Monastery, Hemis National Park, and Hemis Festival.
The display of the ancient Thankas (paintings on silk) by the monastery is one of the most awaited events of the Hermis festival but it happens only once in 12 years.
The town of Hemis is famous for its monastery, it is the largest monastic organisation in the Ladakh district. The Hemis monastery is considered to be the one of the richest monasteries in India with some very rare and exquisite antique collections like the copper statue of Buddha, inctricately carved gold and silver stupas and some exotic Thangkas.
The Tibetan style architecture within the monastery is very bright and colourful in contrast to the surrounding landscape. An added attractions is the Hemis National Park is located close to the monastery and is home to the several endangered and rare aniumals such as Snow leopards.