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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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Yasha Deshpande

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  • Lives in Raipur
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  • 5 Reviews
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"Snowy Desert - Leh" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Amazingly awesome and adventures Trip to Leh. Snow capped mountains with road on them to ride to the peak took us to a different world. Biking is most thrilling party of the whole vacation. Explored entire Leh on Royal Enfield bike felt bone freezing Temp -15 Degree it was a experience of life time. Beauty of Pangong lake is mesmerizing.
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Yasha Deshpande

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"Land of monasteries" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Amazing place full of adventure. Snow capped mountains with roads to ride on them takes you to a different world, we explored entire Leh on Royal Enfield which actually added flavor of adventure in our trip. Magnetic hill, Hall of Fame, Pongong Lake, Shanti Stupa and many more monasteries are main attraction of Leh. One should really go Leh once in lifetime it's a place worth exploring.

Local people of Leh are very supportive & Loyal. Do take weather report before starting your day in Leh because it changes very fast.
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"Journey to heaven" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Excellent place, never miss this place. Travel by road and enjoy the nature beauty and road journey also gives thrilling experience and explore so much in the life which are never seen in the life. Visit To Kargill is must for any Indians. Kargill refreshes and reminds your patriotism make Indians proud. Pongang lake is better than Manasasarovar and feel like heaven. Finally this place is made by god to take break from duties
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Vik Sharma

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Heaven on Earth" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I have heard a lot about Ladakh before I actually planned to make a trip to the Mountains. There was an air of excitement when I finally booked my tickets. And the Excitement remained till the day I stepped out of this beautiful world - Kingdom of Mountains. Though, I must say that one has to be Passionate about Mountains to enjoy this destination as there is not much scope for alternative forms of entertainment which you may find when you go to a typical holiday destination like Shimla, Manali, Kerala, Kashmir etc. I have visited the beautiful Pangong Lake which divides India and China borders. You can see shades of water changing Blue, Green and a mix of both when you take a first glance at this beautiful lake.

The pain and effort one takes to reach this place located 150 kms above Leh right on the top of the mountains is worth every inch of it once you get close to it. Never seen a lake as beautiful as Pangong Lake. I stayed overnight over there and took a Morning bus which took me to this place a day before and reached Leh again. I had to catch a flight on 1st of July and hardly was left with one single day to spare and explore this heaven on earth. So, I decided to go on a trip to the Highest Motorable Road on the Planet - Khardungla Pass. I was lucky to meet a group of foreigners who had booked a Car and there was luckily one seat left for me to give them company. We passed through the beautiful Mountains romancing & flirting with the Cloud floating beneath us. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the glory of Khardungla Pass and we stopped at the Army Check Post to get the necessary clearance for the Foreigners on-board.

It was raining and snowing at the same time making the climate more cooler. The view was fascinating and the location is picturesque. I had Maggie Noodles and a cup of Tea and loads of conversations with the Flight Commanders of Indian Army who were riding their Bullets next to our vehicle. The conversations were enlightening and the Lt. Colonels and Army Personnel gave me a real account of their beautiful journey and their stay at Siachen Glacier - the highest Battlefield in the world. I came back with a feeling of pride and happiness as if i have conquered Mount Everest :D I was back in Mumbai on 2nd of July as my fight got cancelled on 1st of July owing to bad weather conditions. But this beautiful trip shall always be engraved in my heart. Ladakh is Beautiful. But the People of Ladakh are even more beautiful. Go and Experience this Gorgeous Destination - Heaven on Earth.
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"Amazing Ladakh" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Leh and ladakh mesmerising beauty. No words to describe it. Take a royal Enfield, drive through its roads. You'll feel enlightened. That too khardungla top, penang lake, tsomoriri lake just Heaven on earth. People of ladakh and their customs and traditions are awesome. Definitely a place that must be visited once during the life time.
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Sanjay Jain

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  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
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"Amazing place, amazing people and wonderful mountains"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Needless to say, Ladakh is a must-visit for the beautiful snow-capped mountains. I happened to be there first week of this May, when summer hadn't arrived. I was said that the temperatures could be below 10 deg C. But my first night there, it was 4 deg below nought. And it kept getting cooler!! ( Even snowfall on a couple of occasions) Was fun nonetheless. Visited all places worth visiting - Spituk, Patthar Sahib, Sangam, Hemis, Shey, Shang La, Khardung La, etc. Loved Pangong Lake and Hall of Fame in particular. The latter even has an adventure park where you could put yourself at test.

For vegetarians like me, food there was a huge disappointment. You'd like to load up on instant mix/ready-to-eat stuffs before booking your tickets. I was said the things would be a lot better in June-July when the Srinagar-Leh Highway is thrown open, but then you wouldn't find as much snow as you'd want!!
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Suresh L r

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"Breathtaking destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
After long planning, interactions with few travel agencies, we finalized our much awaited Leh-Ladakh trip during early May 2015. We entrusted the entire hotel and logistics arrangements at Leh,Nubra Valley and Pangong to Ms. Rigzin Chosdon of The DRUK, Leh. She ensured that we were made absolutely comfortable during the entire trip starting from picking us from the Leh airport till we were dropped back at the Leh airport to board our return flight to Delhi and onwards to Bangalore. Ms. Rigzin advised us repeatedly even before we started from Bangalore and also during our stay at Leh about the climatic conditions, altitude issues at Leh-Ladakh and the way to prepare for the same. This helped us to manage and enjoy completely in the best possible way during the very tough, unfriendly conditions of Leh-Ladakh region. Our sincere thanks to her for all the help extended.

We reached Leh in the morning by Go Air flight from New Delhi. Since all the flights to Leh from New Delhi are in the early morning, there is no other option but to reach New Delhi on the previous day and then catch one of the early morning flights to Leh. Once we collected our checked-in baggage and came out of the arrival lounge, we were greeted and escorted to the hotel The DRUK. The driver Mr. Gurmet Tsering, who received us at the airport was with us for the entire trip of Leh-Ladakh. He was very experienced, well behaved / mannered local driver and we really felt safe and comfortable with him at the wheel in those scary and risky roads of Ladakh be it to the Nubra valley through KardungLa pass or to Pangong Lake via Changla pass.

During our trip of one week, we covered local sight-seeing points of Leh viz, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Hall of fame, Magnetic hill, Gurudwara Pathe Sahib, Sangam point and markets. On our trip to Nubra valley, we covered KardungLa pass which is the highest motorable road in the world at 18, 380 ft. , Deskit, Hunder, Sumur and Panmik. On our last leg, we covered the magnificent, breathtaking Pangong Lake passing through beautiful ChangLa Pass which is the third highest motorable road in the world at 17, 688 ft. On our return journey from Pangong Lake to Leh, we also explored couple of beautiful monasteries and Rancho school.

Being high altitude region, it is absolutely essential for individuals to get themselves acclimatized with the weather conditions before venturing into any activity. This region, unlike other high altitude regions is completely barren and low on oxygen. Believe the oxygen levels are just around 50-60% and hence one should be very careful.

Overall this trip to Leh-Ladakh is a wonderful, once in life time kind of an experience and thanks to Ms. Rigzin for ensuring that we enjoyed every bit of the trip to the maximum with perfect arrangements. Our sincere thanks also to Mr. Gurmet Tsering who drove us all through these rough terrains and dropped us off to airport safely. Mr. Gurmet can be reached directly on his mobile +91-99069 88405.

One important point: Please DO NOT waste food even if it Buffet spread as nothing is locally available and vegetables and all other ingredients for cooking have to be brought in from New Delhi / Chandigarh by flight or from Kashmir if the road route is open.
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Shilpa Mantri

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"Adventurous and thrilling experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I think it's the most beautiful place in India, it is surrounded by hills covered by snow, the whole city is a scenery itself. Travelling experience from Leh to Pangong and Nubra is amazing. Khardungla Pass is highest motorable road in the world. Driving through snow covered valley is amazing, it's quite adventurous and must visit for every Indian.
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"Must Visit place for guys being SINGLE"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This place is heaven and awesome experience for trekkers, travelers or adventurous guys. This is not place to visit with family. This is the place for guys who are desperate about bike riding and trekking on wide fields, ice mountains and feel the nature.

There are so many places to visit. Like Hemis, Tiksey, Khardungle pass, Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri, Sarchu etc. No need of names, Just Visit all the possible places. Whole range is Superb and mind blowing.

For shopping you get only Winter clothes. You get to eat all kind of food there in city. While trek and travelling, anyone should have only limited and Veg food. Good for health since in case of emergency it would be very difficult to reach to doctors.

My busy time was photography, trek and enjoying nature.

Travellers should be well prepared with all safety measure and sufficient health situations. Those who have breathing problem shouldn't visit.
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"Heaven on earth"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nice place, its just a heaven on earth. Enjoyed a lot with friends. Beautiful place. No problem will be there, people are so helpful. No tension of food. it is easily available in restaurants and bars. It was an awesome trip. Visit with friends and family. Really a heaven on earth.
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