Of the twelve situated on or near the Indus, the oldest monastery is that of Lamayuru, which is believed to have been a sacred site for the pre-Buddhist religion known as Bon.
When tired of strolling, one can step into any of several restaurants, some of them located in gardens or on the sidewalks and serve local, Tibetan, Indian and Continental cuisine.
Or one can strike off away from the bazaar, past Zangsti and the Moravian Church to the Ladakh Ecological Centre and appreciate the work being done by this NGO in applying folk technology to meet the demands of modern life in Ladakh.
A Congress legislator in Jammu and Kashmir has withdrawn his resolution seeking to provide "rest" to the goddess at the Mata Viashno Devi shrine during noon and night hours, after opposition from the state government.
Congress Member of the Legislative Council and former Minister Jugal Kishore Sharma tabled a resolution in the Upper House on Monday, saying the government should urge the Shri Vaishno Devi Shrine Board to create a system so the goddess can rest for some time during the day.“This House should resolve that the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Katra shall adopt the system of providing rest to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji during noon and shayan in the night hours, to provide rest to the goddess in accordance with the Hindu Shastras, as is the practice in Bawe Wali Mata Temple, Regunath temple and other temples of the country such as Nauv Devi in Himachal, Triupathi Balaji, Shri Kerarnath temple etc,” Sharma said.
Down past the Tourist Information Centre in the old dak Bungalow, follow the Fort Road to Skara, another pretty and prosperous suburb of Leh town, and admire the earthen ramparts of Zorawar Singh's fort, now housing army barracks.