The Central Asian Musuem in Leh, Ladakh

The Central Asian Museum is located right in the middle of Leh next to the Main Bazaar. It is based at the site where the Oldest Mosque in Leh, the Masjid Sharif is situated. The Museum has an interesting Collection of Antiquities and Artifacts from Ladakh as well as Central Asia. Leh was an important trading point where merchants from the Indian plains, from Kashmir, from Baltistan, from Yarkand, from Tibet etc. used to trade in various Goods and Commodities till the Trade stopped in 1950 after the Chinese closed the Trade.

Note that Photography is not allowed inside the Museum Building. You can however take photos of items kept in the Courtyard.

The restored Masjid Sharif, the oldest Mosque in Leh.

The restored Masjid Sharif, the oldest Mosque in Leh.

An old Window frame from Ladakh

An old Window frame from Ladakh

Wooden Storage Boxes for Grains.

Wooden Storage Boxes for Grains.

A Drum which used to hold Water for the Hammam.

A Drum which used to hold Water for the Hammam.

A Traditional Ladakhi Kitchen and Dining Area.

A Traditional Ladakhi Kitchen and Dining Area.

Traditional Ladakhi Stove and Utensils.

Traditional Ladakhi Stove and Utensils.

The Leh Palace as seen from the Museum Compound.

The Leh Palace as seen from the Museum Compound.

The Mosque, the Monastery at the Leh Palace and the new Gurudwara as seen from the Museum Balcony.

The Mosque, the Monastery at the Leh Palace and the new Gurudwara as seen from the Museum Balcony.