Shanti Stupa is an impressive white-domed structure located on a hilltop at Changspa in Ladakh. Built by a Japanese Buddhist organization named 'The Japanese for World Peace,' the Dalai Lama's Holiness inaugurated the stupa in 1985. Built-in commemoration of 2500 years of the spread of Buddhism, Shanti Stupa was aimed at promoting World Peace. This stupa is one of the major attractions in Leh that one must visit to feel the peace, witness views, and admire architectural beauty.
This magnificent white-domed structure is wonderfully illuminated at night. Moreover, the sides of the stupa are adorned with gilt panels depicting events from the life of the Buddha. Shanti Stupa is a must-visit site on a Ladakh trip, one of the few monuments erected around India by the 'Peace Sect' of Japanese Buddhists.
Shanti Stupa offers spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset from within its boundaries. However, the site looks best in the evenings when it gets beautifully illuminated by glittering lights. In addition, drums played during evening 'pujas' lend an exceptionally spiritual aura to the ambiance.