Shanti Stupa, located in the district of Leh in Jammu & Kashmir above the agricultural suburb of Changspa, was built by the ‘Peace Sect’ of Japanese Buddhists. The stupa, meaning pillar, is noted for its gilt panels which represent the stories of Buddha. It was constructed in the year 1983, on orders of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in order to promote the doctrines of Buddha. Situated at a distance of about 5 km from the city of Leh, and facing the Leh Palace, the stupa can be reached via the fort road.The construction of the Stupa was completed in 1991 and its inauguration was carried out by Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. Visitors can easily reach this place with hired jeeps or taxis. Trekking is also a convenient option for adventure lovers for reaching this place.