Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white-domed stupa on a
hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh, in the north Indian state of Jammu
A relatively new addition to the rocky skyline around
Leh is the toothpaste white Shanti Stupa above Changspa village, 3km west of
the bazaar. Inaugurated in 1983 by the Dalai Lama, the "Peace Pagoda", whose
sides are decorated with gilt panels depicting episodes from the life of the
is one of several such monuments erected around India by a "Peace Sect" of
This stupa is a round structure and direction is
marked to go around in clockwise direction.
A platform is there in front of the Stupa and from here good view of
Leh town and surrounding areas are available. Markings are there showing
direction of Shindu Ghat and Khardungla pass on the outer wall of the stupa.
As per the direction and details given the aerial distance of Khardungala
Pass is 9.50 KM ( By Road it is 38 KM )
Usually tourist visit this place in afternoon hours after
visiting Leh Palace but morning time is best as light directly falls on the
Structure of Shanti Stupa
Shanti Stupa is perched at an elevation of 4,267 meters and offers
the breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges that surround this majestic
structure. You need to jot down a short trek of 15 minutes from Changspa to
the stupa. The Shanti Stupa is constructed on two levels. The first level
houses the gold embellished statue of the Buddha and the Dharmachakra (the
wheels of life), where the devotees move the wheels while they pray to God
for their prosperity.
second level of the stupa depicts the life, nirvana (enlightenment) and the
death of Buddha. You can take a round of the stupa praying and enjoying the
astonishing beauty of Ladakh.
How to Reach Shanti Stupa
Located on the top of the hill Chanspa, 15 minutes of walk is required to
reach the Stupa on the hill top from the foothill.
1. Reaching to the hill top requires a trek, make sure you are in your
2. Do not miss the view of Shanti Stupa at night.