The next morning after breakfast, drive to Hemis monastery.
Hemis Monastery: The Hemis monastery located 40 kms from Leh is the wealthiest, best-known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer in honor of Guru Padma Sambhava’s birth anniversary. Within the monastery, there are to be seen a copper-gilt statue of the Lord Buddha, various stupas made of gold and silver, sacred thangkas and many objects. The monastery, said to exist even before the 11th century, was re-established by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso in 1630. Belonging to the Drukpa sect, this Tibetan monastery has a very colourful and attractive architecture.
Afterwards drive to Thiksey Monastery for a visit.
Thiksey Monastery: The Thiksey Monastery is situated at a distance of approximately 18 kms from the town of Leh. One of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh, it belongs to the Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. Sherab Zangpo of Stod got the Thiksey Monastery built for the first time, at Stakmo. However, later Spon Paldan Sherab, the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, reconstructed the monastery in the year 1430 AD. The new monastery was situated on a hilltop, to the north of Indus River. It has a 15-metre-high statue of the Maitreya Budhha, the largest such statue in Ladakh.
After these visits return to Leh and you will be dropped at Leh Market/hotel for Lunch (on direct payment basis).
Post lunch, you will leave for a sightseeing tour of the Shanti Stupa.
Shanti Stupa: Shanti Stupa of Ladakh is located on the hill-top at Changspa. It can be reached quite easily from the Fort Road. The Stupa was constructed by Japanese.