Ladakh (Leh) Tourism
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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

Ladakh is situated in Jammu & Kashmir and is the highest inhabited region of India. Ladakh, referred by multiple names such as ‘The Last Shangri-la’, ‘Little Tibet’, ‘The Land of Numerous Passes’, ‘The Land of Mystic Lamas’, ‘The Broken Moon’ and ‘Moonscape’ (the Moon Land), is a remote yet popular tourist destination characterised by placid blue lakes, freezing winds, barren landscape and multi-hued mountains.

History of Ladakh

Situated in a high altitude cold desert at about 3500 meters above sea level, Ladakh is tucked in between the world's greatest mountain ranges, Great Himalayas and the Karakoram. It is also traversed by two other parallel ranges, Zanskar and Ladakh. 

As per geological studies, Ladakh was once a submerged portion of a large lake a few million years ago. Powerful tectonic movements pushed up the submerged mass to become the Ladakh of today. This is evident from the drainage basins Tso-moriri, Tsokar, and Pangong-tso, which are situated on the plateaus of Rupshu and Chushul of south-east Ladakh.

Historically, Ladakh had a kingdom of its own towards the 10th century and was ruled by dynasties, which were descendants of the kings of Old Tibet. The Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh reached the summit of its glory during the reign of King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. 

The silk route, which connected the plains of India to Central Asia and West Asia, flourished during this period. Textiles, spices, raw silk, carpets, dyestuffs and narcotics were the goods traded by the merchants during this period. Leh, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, gradually became a bustling entry point in this trade route.

Later, the kingdom of Ladakh, along with the neighbouring province of Baltistan, was incorporated with Jammu & Kashmir in the 18th century. Post Independence, Baltistan became a part of Pakistan whereas Ladakh remained with Jammu & Kashmir.

People & Culture of Ladakh

Ladakh is famous for its dramatic landscape and Buddhist heritage. Ladakhi, Purig, Tibetan, Hindi and English are spoken in the region. There are many picturesque hamlets in Ladakh situated on the banks of the Indus River. All these villages have Buddhist monasteries or gompas, which are located atop hillocks in their vicinity.

Buddha Purnima, Dosmoche, Galdan Namchot and Losar are the most celebrated festivals in Ladakh. The Dosmoche Festival is also another of significant festival of the region. The two-day event involves dramatic dance performances by monks and offerings made by them to ward off evil spirits and ill fortune and draws many tourists to the region.

Leh, the principal town of Ladakh, is bordered by Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the west, China in the north & east, Lahul Spiti of Himachal Pradesh in the south-east and Stok mountain range in the south. Today, Leh is an important Buddhist centre and it houses a settlement for Tibetan refugees.

Things to do in Ladakh

Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Hemis Gompa, Shey Palace, Stok Palace and Museum, Thiksey Gompa, Alchi Choskor and Lamayuru Gompa are chief attractions in Ladakh-Leh. Leh also offers travellers a chance to participate in adventure sports like mountaineering, white water rafting and trekking. For the same, tourists can opt for Ladakh holiday packages

Food & shopping in Ladakh

The region has many small restaurants and pit stops run by locals, which serve traditional Tibetan food such as momos and thukpa. The butter tea served here made with yak’s milk is a must-try. There is not much to shop in Ladakh except souvenirs from local stores. 

Travelling to Ladakh

The best time to visit Ladakh is during summers from the month of June to September. Tourists are advised to carry a lot of woolens, as it tends to get extremely cold even during the summer season. The best way to reach Ladakh is by road. Tourists can drive down from Manali to Leh or also enter the region via Srinagar.  

Travelling within Ladakh

The best way to get around Ladakh is either by hiring a taxi or renting a bike. Tourists visiting the area generally travel to the destination in their own vehicles. Since the terrain is rough and unpredictable, tourists are advised to carry spare parts and other essentials while visiting Ladakh.

Accommodation options in Ladakh

Hotel options in Ladakh include budget, lodges and luxury hotels. Tourists visiting Ladakh can also opt for other accommodation options, ranging from guesthouses to resorts.



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Sanchit Gupta
  • Sanchit Gupta
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Adventurous in the icy and serene place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I had travelled to this place in the month of May 2013. It was still early as far as the tourist season is concerned but the chill in air was very much visible since the time we landed at the Rimpochee Airport. The sudden gush of dry icy wind greeted me at morning 07.00. On reaching our hotel, we first headed for the sumptuous breakfast that was already kept hot and ready. The rest of the day was spent in acclimatising as the area has lack of oxygen considering its height above sea level and least vegetation. The next day my adventurous trip began with the trip to Khardungla pass followed by the visit and overnight stay at Nubra Valley. It was a completely different experience altogether to stay in the tent which has minimal lightening and a typical feel of the Village setting. Next was the visit to Pangong lake, where the famous shooting of Jab Tak Hai Jaan took place. Its quite a serene lake with ice cold water. One foot inside the water and it was freezing. This were the best times of my life. The local markets are abuzz with various souvenirs and other articles. The local cuisine consists of momos and hot chow mein.
My advice to travellers is that even if you are headed there in the summer months, do pack at least one heavy woollen jacket that will serve the purpose in icy weather conditions. rest a normal inner would suffice the purpose. Have a nice trip travellers.
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Mandeep Sandhu
  • Mandeep Sandhu
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 22 Reviews

"Overall, a good experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Ladakh is a very beautiful province in India which is less explored and is still pure and full of beauty. People will enjoy this place like no other. People who love peace, serenity, calmness Its not just a hill station it in itself a different world when you reach leh its totally different experience one of the best place ever seen in india.
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Hemanth Velamala
  • Hemanth Velamala
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This is one of those surreal places in India. It is worth a visit before you turn 30. 2 weeks is sufficient to get a high. The roadtrip is just awesome, we started from delhi, travelled to srinagar, camped in sonamarg, visited drass( the second coldest inhabited place in the world) , kargil, Lamayuru(the terrain resembles that of the moon) and then the land of the Passes, ladakh. We visited the picturesque Pangong Tso during sunset.
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Rohit Shukla
  • Rohit Shukla
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"Ladakh is very beautiful province in India"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Ladakh is very beautiful province in India which is less explored and is still pure and full of beauty. People will enjoy this place like no other. People who love peace, serenity, calmness and adventure will love this place. There is no age limit to visit this place. All age people will enjoy this place.

The places as I told are worth visiting which includes the 'The 3 Idiots School' which in reality exists and is worth visiting. The school has been awarded 7 awards. Five international and two national. Trekking at some places, nature, walks keeps a man very busy and don't let him think about his life.
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Menino Henriques
  • Menino Henriques
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"It was an experience of a lifetime"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We left Goa by road on 2nd February, 2014 and drove to Srinagar. We kept the vehicle with a friend at Srinagar and took the flight to Leh as the road was closed. After reaching Leh, took rest for 48 hours to get acclimatized and then on the third day started the journey to Hemis National Park. At the park also visited the highest inhabitable village and spotted lots of mountain goats, the blue sheep, the pica, and other animals normally seen in the tropics.

It was an experience of a lifetime as we had gone to the place in the extreme winter and stayed in tents at the Hemis National Park to spot the Snow Leopard. The snow leopard which is a very rare animal and is spotted only during extreme winter and comes down from the mountains as there is no food due to the extreme weather.
The snow leopard comes down to hunt the mountain goats and other animals that come to a lower altitude for grazing. We were very lucky indeed to have spotted three snow leopards on our trip as I have heard stories of people staying up in the mountains for months before they can spot a snow leopard. People have come back disappointed as they could not spot this beautiful elusive creature. The night sky is a scene to be seen as one can spot the full Milky Way and the billions of stars in the galaxy.
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Dhairya Shah
  • Dhairya Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 6 Reviews

"Heaven on Earth, natural scenic beauty"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The place is surely heaven on Earth, one of the worlds most cleanest and non polluting place and beautifully scenic place. Must visit place in India.

The must visit places along leh ladakh are nubra valley, pangong lake also if have enough time srinagar, sonmarg and there are couple of places around to visit.

River rafting is a must try (full 28 kms of it) if you love adventure. The safety equipment is adequate dont listen to rumours being spread about it.

Also if you are going to hire a 4 wheeler (2 wheelers are also recommended) select a comfortable option like Innova or a Xylo, if you have more members travelling. You should carry drinking water (many places you don't get it and where it is available, it is expensive), sunscreen is a must.
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Shubham Juneja
  • Shubham Juneja
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews

"Paradise in India"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Leh Ladakh is a place where you can definitely put in your bucket list. Here are the places you must visit when you are in leh. Start with the local sight seeing tour, that will cover the Pathar sahib gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Which provides langara prashad of tea and snacks throughout the day. It symbolizes victory of god (Guru sahib ji) over a devil. Then you should visit Hall of fame (There is some entry fees for this) it was a museum having scenery and local dresses. It was maintained by The Indian Air Force. Then there is Sangam, which is a junction of 2 rivers (Very beautiful view). the next tour should be of the Nubra valley where you can stay for a night or can do same day return trip.
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Rohit Ranjan
  • Rohit Ranjan
  • Lives in Rajgir
  • 1 Review

"Heaven like place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The most exciting and hympotysing place in India. I really love this place, if it could happen I will stay here for all my life. I went there with my loving girlfriend. My favourite dish over there was chawal karhi in ladakh. I really enjoyed the journey.
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Ranjith
  • Ranjith
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"Leh is an amazing place to visit and breath-taking"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Ever imagined how the world looks from the Himalayas. Did you know it is on the other side of Himalayas. Leh is an amazing place to visit. Its scenic and the weather are also amazing. The only problem is that there is less Oxygen, You will get tired very soon, so take care of yourself. The outskirts are also breath-taking and some places are out of this world!
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Sailendra Agarwal
  • Sailendra Agarwal
  • Lives in Rourkela
  • 2 Reviews

"Heaven on Earth"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Leh is a very beautiful place, rather it is the heaven on. I went to attend a Buddhist function at Mahabodhi International Meditation centre. The people are so friendly. The pangong lake is a must watch for every traveller. Every inch of Ladakh is extremely beautiful. Must visit but take a rest for 1 day before you venture out.
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