Around 18km away from Leh is the Spituk Gompa, one of the most spectacular monasteries in North India. Spituk is located near the Indus River and sits atop a hill. The views from here are compelling and spellbinding. Inside the monastery, there is a huge throne and an old chapel with images of the Buddha. There are around a hundred monks who live here in the monastery. The beautiful carvings of the monastery, truly an architectural delight, makes it one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ladakh.