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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Nishant Chauhan
  • Nishant Chauhan
  • Lives in Jamnagar
  • 8 Reviews

"A good adventure experiance" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
It was over all god experience, this tour of Leh Ladakh region requires your good health and capable enough to sustain your normal health during entire visit otherwise you will be locked up in hotel room !!! We have good tour plan without wasting any time, and visited most places which are best of the best, the good at hotel was also good ambience and stay, food was also good, the travel around leh is required to be started early in the morning to reach at destination and come back on time to leh, shopping in city of leh is must, you can find traditional items shops in main market. overall good experience.
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Sonal Agrawal challapalli
  • Sonal Agrawal challapalli
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews

"Tempting place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Must be the most gorgeous place in India. Lovely people. Awesome food and love the local culture. Every mountain feels like a different chocolate desert. If I wasn't weight conscious, I'd have eaten d whole place up ;)
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Alam Mann
  • Alam Mann
  • Lives in Mohali
  • 1 Review

"Rooftop of the world" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Ladakh was a surreal experience. The views were breathtaking. The culture, the people and the terrain are completely alien to me before. The barren landscapes contrasted with the clear blue skies, it was a delight to watch. The pangong lake had amazing views. One can't explore all of Ladakh in a single trip, so I am going again. Its a must do for all adventure seekers and travellers.
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Bijay Patni
  • Bijay Patni
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"Heaven on earth." new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Before venturing out to locales of Switzerland one should visit leh-ladakh. There is every chance you may not visit Switzerland any more. Its an awesome place. Its a must visit for everyone.
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Rohit Dhumane
  • Rohit Dhumane
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 1 Review

"Solo travel to Leh and Ladakh" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This is the best place to unwind. There is something magical in the air which makes it special. Whatever you are going through in the life, a trip here will get you back to your life refreshed with a new zeal.

I personally went to leh for a 12 day solo trip. Went there by a direct flight from Delhi. If you want to save money book flights to srinagar. It just takes a day to reach leh from there. You don't need to change flights too.

Things I would recommend would be zanskar Valley rafting. It is in icy cold water and 28 kms amidst rapids. Sounds pretty dangerous but is actually very very safe. But it definitely gives you the adrenaline rush you get in the moment of danger.

Also for stargazing at night to shanti stupa. Take one of the herbal tea and enjoy looking up the stars.
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Satish
  • Satish
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 4 Reviews

"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Very nice place to visit. Though this is for the youngsters since it is challenging for the veterans, completely opposite climate during day and night from too hot to too cold.. People are too good, humble and helping. Very unusual yet pictures terrain. Ample shopping apricot and its products.
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Jeetendra Nayak
  • Jeetendra Nayak
  • Lives in Goa
  • 1 Review

"A very good place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The place is is awesome. The time to travel is June to August. There are lot of places to visit like, Khardulngla, Leh, pongong lake and Nubra valley. Pongong lake is the best And should stay in tents. Leh has river rafting and monastery. It is fun to travel with group I would not recommend for couples.
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Asish  Ghosh
  • Asish Ghosh
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"The heaven on Earth" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Ladakh is completely defferent from any other place of India. We travel to leh from Srinagar by car. Onthe way we visit Zozila Pass, Kargil. We stayed in Kargil and from Kargil we visit Suru Valley And Parkachik Glacier. After Kargil we travel to Leh through Arrian Valley. From Leh we visit Shy Palace, Hemis Monastery, Tiksey Monastrey, Chanhla Pass, Pangong Lake. Khardungla Pass, Sumor Monarery In Nobrah Valley, Deskit Monastery, Honder the only Cold Desert. Our return Journey route was through Pang, Sarchu, Kelong, Rotung Pass, Manali. This route was wonderful. All the Pass like Baralachala, Talangla, Kumjum in beautiful. I advice the all traveller to enjoy Leh please use both route from Srinagar and Himachal.
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Chander Andotra
  • Chander Andotra
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Beautiful and Adventurous"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was an excellent and most exciting destination. A must see place which changes our attitude towards life after the visit. It was jewel of India. Our stay was memorable with excellent room, room service, good food and nice travel. Most humble smiling guides. Every Indian must visit this place. Review without remembering our solders is no review. Our grand salute to our brother soldiers on the front. God bless all of them.
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Priya Sachdeva
  • Priya Sachdeva
  • 1 Review

"Awesome place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice place People are good Sight seen are wonderful Weather is awesome I love that place Market of leh was awesome . Easily available hotels rooms. With reasonable price neat and clean All foods restaurant are available in leh market Love leh tour Rember me alwayz this tkur was best tour of my life
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