Central Asian Museum Leh

One of Leh's most remarkable buildings, the museum is located right next to the main Leh Market. A fantastically curated and designed museum, have a picture gallery on the first floor, followed by artifacts, maps, etc. dating back to 16th century. The museum hides in a courtyard that also contains Leh's oldest mosque, a traditionally styled Ladakhi show-kitchen and a small exhibition hall. The museum revolves around the Central Asian trade, of which Ladakh long has been an important crossroads, and which has had a long and lasting influence on the development of Ladakh's unique culture.

The Central Asian Museum Leh has a rich collection artefacts, manuscripts and pieces of heritage collected from Central Asia, Tibet and Kashmir from 18th and 19th centuries and some are at least 400 years old.

Currently, the Central Asian Museum houses pieces of rock art, ancient Ladakhi day-to-day instruments like the weighing balance and old abacus, coins from several Central Asian states, old caravan water heater, utensils from Yarkand, manuscripts like Bodhi and Turkish tafseers of the Holy Quran, ancient hand written chronology of the Holy Prophet (SAW), copies of handwritten Qurans, copies of Sahih Bukhari and Fatwai Aalamgiri apart from the prototype of an ancient Ladakhi kitchen

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