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Ladakh (Leh) Tourism

Ladakh (Leh) Info

  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 2750 m
  • Pincode: 194101
  • District: Leh
  • Language: Urdu
  • STD code: 01982
  • Weather: Summer 5 to 40°C, Winter -14 to 24°C

History of Ladakh

Located in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is the highest inhabited region in India. It is referred to by many names such as ‘Little Tibet’, ‘The Land of Numerous Passes’, ‘The Broken Moon’, etc. Ladakh lies at an altitude of 3500 metres above sea level in a cold desert. It is nestled between the greatest mountain ranges of the world- The Great Himalayas and the Karakoram Range.

Ladakh had been ruled by many dynasties, most of which were the descendants of the former kings of old Tibet. Owing to its strategic location, it also served as an eminent trade centre for India. It connected India to Central and West Asia.

Ladakh is known for its mystical landscape which is characterized by snow capped mountains, frozen lakes and scenic beauty which also serve as the major sightseeing in Ladakh (Leh).

People and Culture of Ladakh

The population of Ladakh is a blend of many different ethnic communities among which the Tibetans, Monpas and Dards are predominant. Most of the Ladakhis are either Shia Muslims or Tibetan Buddhists. The population also comprises a small number of Hindus, Sikhs and followers of the Bon religion. Leh is also an eminent Buddhist centre and home to many Tibetan refugees. Tibetan, Urdu, Hindi, Ladakhi, Purig and English are the major languages spoken in the region.

Things to Do in Ladakh

With crystal blue water and a beautiful backdrop, Pangong Lake is one of the most popular places to visit in Ladakh (Leh). It lies at the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control, at an altitude of 4350 metres above sea level. Among the many Ladakh (Leh) attractions, Leh Palace is a must visit. This beautiful palace sits on top of the Namgyal Hill and is known for its aesthetic appeal and historical significance. Your Ladakh (Leh) tour is incomplete without visiting the Magnetic Hill. It is the only magnetic hill in India. It has an anti-gravitational effect due to which a car will start moving upward on its own.

The Shanti Stupa which was established by Japanese Buddhists is also among the popular Ladakh (Leh) places to visit. In 1983, the stupa was opened by Dalai Lama for spreading Buddhist ideologies. Regarded as one of the highest passes in the world, the Khardung La Pass is an eminent Ladakh (Leh) tourist place. It is the gateway to the Nubra Valley which boasts of a lush landscape and is brimming with wild lavenders, roses and Alfalfa. Apart from sightseeing, there are many other things to do in Ladakh (Leh) such as shopping and adventure activities.

Food and Shopping in Ladakh

After a tiring day of Ladakh (Leh) sightseeing, one can savour some mouth watering local food at the numerous restaurants and cafes. The cuisine of Ladakh has been influenced by many foreign cuisines which include Tibetan, Korean and Chinese. Thukpa, Tsampa and Momos are some of the local specialties.

The markets of Ladakh have a lot to offer. From pashmina shawls to woolen garments to turquoise jewelry to handwoven rugs and carpets, there are plenty of things that tourists can shop for in Ladakh. Tibetan Handicrafts such as thangka paintings, Tibetan silver jewelry, delicate embroidery are also few of things sold at the local markets. Bazaar Road is lined with shops that sell these items and is the best place to go for shopping.Head over to Ladakh Art Palace to for Tibetan handicraft items. Shar Market, Tibetan Handicraft Emporium and Tibetan Market are some of the popular places to shop.

Accommodation in Ladakh

Since Ladakh is well connected by road and air, there are many options for tourists who are wondering how to reach Ladakh. There are daily flights to and from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. However, driving is the best way to reach Ladakh since the routes in the region are some of the most beautiful routes in India.

Accommodation options in Ladakh include hotels, guesthouses, lodges and resorts. Tourists can look for hotels in Ladakh that lie in the vicinity of the tourist places to see in  Ladakh (Leh).


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Jayendra singh Panwar

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  • Jayendra singh Panwar
  • Lives in Udaipur
  • 16 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Leh: The Seat of Nagoya Dynasty" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Visited Leh and nearby places during the first week of June under Cox & Kings package tour programme. Leh is a very different and off beat place due to its difficult terrain and high altitude dry weather, which earned it a nick name of cold desert. The best way to acclimatize is to arrive by road, though it may be time consuming- takes at least two days, whether you arrive from Manali or Srinagar, but the scenic beauty and experience of mingling with the raw nature are worth the pains of road travel. Given a choice Srinagar to Leh via Dras and Kargil is a better option. Those who arrive by air need a complete rest of 24 hours before venturing out. A Diamox 250 mg tablet per day (in consultation with a physician) may help relieve low oxygen related problems like nausea, headache and vomiting. Also check your blood oxygen level it should be more than 80 percent, if less you may need to inhale oxygen. Oxygen cylinders are usually available in all hotels, tourist vehicles and also in the tents and cottages at out stations. The government hospital at Leh has a separate, neat and clean tourist ward for any emergency.

The most important landmark of Leh is a nine storied Leh Palace overlooking the town. Modeled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the palace was built by King Sengge Nagoya in the 17th century. Another important destination is Shanti Stupa built by Japanese monks to promote world peace. The Sankar Gompa monastery is also worth visiting. Don't miss to visit the Hall of Fame war memorial. In fact, making Leh as base one can easily visit other tourist destinations such as Nubra valley, Hunder sand dunes, Diskit monastery etc in the Karakoram ranges. Alchi village located in the Indus (Sindhu) river valley and Pangong lake on China border are not to be missed out.

One can explore the local market for Tibetan, hand loom products, Pashmina shawls / stoles and dry apricots. Tibetan market off old Leh Road is good for clothes and Moti market near Leh bus stand is good for souvenirs, dry fruits and shawls. Bargaining may help reduce the price by 20 to 30 percent. Most transactions are in cash, credit card is hardly accepted. SBI, ICICI bank and J&K Bank ATMs are located in the main market. One can visit Leh from June beginning to September end, we preferred to visit in the first week of June before the onset of monsoon in northern India.

When in Ladakh better forget about internet and whatsApp and let thy soul be soaked in the tranquil, soft, thin air of the mighty mountains. Though, the Ladakhi cuisine may not be liked by many people the visit is incomplete without tasting the gur-gur chai (salty butter tea), Khambir, momos and thukpa (noodle and vegetables soup). Leh berry juice is another specialty of the region.

Ladakhi people are simple, hard working and honest. They are courteous, helpful and understand Hindi well. Visiting Ladakh and knowing Ladakhi culture is a life time learning experience.

Those wanting to visit Leh from my home town Udaipur have many travel options:

A flight from Udaipur to Delhi, stay there for the night and then take the flight for Leh next day morning. There is no connecting flight same day because Leh airport is open for civil aviation till 12. 00 noon only.

A train or bus to Delhi, stay for a night there and take the flight next day.

A train to Jammu Tawi (04971, Garib rath), spend a day at Jammu and then take a flight to Srinagar next day. Jammu by road may take two days time and more over there are problems of frequent traffic jams and road blocks. Srinagar to Leh by road either in a taxi car or J&K state transport bus is again an unforgettable experience.
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Bloodyperazzi

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  • Bloodyperazzi
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Beautiful city, with circumstantial limitations" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Leh is as pretty a city as you can imagine. You get views of the Leh Palace and the stupa from everywhere in the city. It has quiant little cafes and restaurants and if you're brave enough to move around a little you can always expect to find several surprising little shops and cafes.
Several handloom shops sell pashmina shawls and scarves at throw away prices, obviously you will have to haggle a little.
Convenient to reach as the airport has great connectivity from Delhi.
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Ajanta Mishra

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  • Ajanta Mishra
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 1 Review
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"Dream destination … A land of high passes."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Recently made a Short trip to Leh(Ladakh) with my family. It was an amazing journey which I truly want to share with you all. The beauty of barren lands with all snow covered mountains make Leh more majestic and heavenly.
The journey from Leh to Khardungla
( one of the worlds highest motorable roads) though bit adventourous but it is absolutely divine for its scenic beauty.
Confluence of Zanskar river and Indus river Commonly known as Sangam valley is again a heavenly place to get just lost.
Thiksey and Hemis monastery are worth seeing. Shanti Stupa isva ace where you get a peaceful serene beauty. Visit to Shey and Leh palace gives you a royal feeling with lot of information about the place.
Visit to Hall of Fame an army museum which gives you all informative facts about Indian army @borders with special information about Kargil War.
Life in Leh is not a very easy one as things are not readily ans easily available still people of Leh are very warm and courteous to their guests.
Though my trip to Leh was a short one … Still the breathtaking stunning beauty of Leh and the lifestyle, people and culture of Ladakh often termed as'Little Tibet' has driven me crazy and I truly consider myself fortunate enough to visit this amazing place in the world.
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Vikash Agarwal

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  • Vikash Agarwal
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 98 Reviews
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"Hidden gem of India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is the hidden gem of India. People of Ladakh are too good and very helpful. There are many places of visit in Ladakh like Nubra Valley, Pangong lake and Leh. To visit to this place one required more than average fitness. Food in Ladakh is also very good. There are also beautiful and old monastery in Ladakh. Indus river sangam point is too good. I also enjoyed river rafting. One of the best destination to visit in India.
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Danysh Ahmy

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  • Danysh Ahmy
  • Lives in Muzaffarpur
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"Amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Its amazing place for youth and a must visit place in India for every travel freaks. Thrilling mountains and heighest altitudes of india is a must visit place. Cool climate and peaceful environment. Travelling by bikes is the most adventurous things. Beauty of nature at its best in ladakh.
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Shweta Shrishail

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  • Shweta Shrishail
  • Lives in Bagalkot
  • 5 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
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"Leh Ladakh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2017
A must visit once a lifetime. Trip requires a lot of planning in terms of packing etc. Weather can be extreme on the skin. Because of the high altitude breathing also is caution to be paid. Place is most beautiful place you will visit, mountains, narrow roads, weather all compliments each other, best time to visit is April To June
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Srinivasamurthy chandrashekar

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  • Srinivasamurthy chandrashekar
  • 2 Reviews
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"Best Vacation"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 19, 2016
This is place one should not miss to visit, it is certainly paradise on earth. Our experience was awesome, it will be cherished for a long time to come.
Only my advice to people who travel is make sure you have bsnl or Airtel Post Paid [ Prepaid doesn't work here] if you want to be in touch with family/friends.
The people here are very humble and cooperative, you will not feel uncomfortable negotiating your local travel with cab, they have regular tarrif list.
Overall this is must visit place in India.
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Jayesh patel

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  • Jayesh patel
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"Must visit the place atleast once in life"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 17, 2016
Must visit the place atleast once in life. It's all about hidden beauty of the nature and Ladakhi culture. Not only the place but Ladakhi culture and people are also nice. Good accommodation facilities are there. Pangong lake is just awesome and everyone should visit the lake prior to foreign trip.
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Anushree Patidar

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  • Anushree Patidar
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  3489 readers

"Leh-ladhak - A visit place .."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 15, 2016
Hey! All my traveller friends. So this review is about ladhak, leh-ladhak is a must visit place, if you are nature lover and peace seeker so this is the right place for you. Tourist spot like pangong Lake, Magnetic Hill, Nubra Valley, Tso- Moriri Lake, Lamayuru Trek and there are many more beautiful and scenic place are there, people here are so helpful and kind nature. Also there is market where you can do shopping, here you can buy Tibetan and tribal things. So please must visit leh-ladhak atleast once in your life.
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Akshit Bhandari

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  • Akshit Bhandari
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 13 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Super Awsum Leh Ladhak"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 12, 2016
Leh Ladhak is super aw sum place. Adventure, Nature, Peace, Beauty, Heights, Bullet Bike riding, Indian Army, Cold, Sand Dunes, Camping, etc these are things which completely justifies "Leh ladhak".
One should at least visit leh ladhak once in a life .. Its a kind of achievement for us ,. But I will again to this place because I know lucky enough.
Booking through "make my trip" is quite easy, their regular notifications, customer service and timely intimations was very helpful.
One should properly take care of cold storm, Skin tan, proper sleep, oxygen level in body by keeping hydrated, proper intake of water, eating fruits and green vegetables. Try to avoid hard drinks and smoking. And most important, be strength-full and keep your will high.
Leh Local Market-Do bargaining (50%), shopkeeper keeps good profit margin
For Group (In September):
Room Fare-Rs800-Rs1000 (Guest House)
Bike 350CC and Rs1300/day-Bullet 550 CC
Food-Rs250/per person/per meal
Petrol pumps are available in Leh only. So if you going to Khardungla, Nubra valley and Pangong lake, keep your tank full and carry extra fuel.
Things to Carry- Postpaid number (Idea, Aircel, bsnl will work in Leh City), And bsnl postpaid connection will work in high altitudes. Power bank and Bluetooth speaker.
Thanks
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