Ladakh (Leh) Tourism

Ladakh (Leh) Tourism

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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).


Ladakh (Leh) is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kargil and Amarnath.

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Piyush Gulati

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  • Piyush Gulati
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 6 photos
  • 26 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
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"Adventures place leh ladakh" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Leh is very adventurous place to visit.
You can reach there by air and road.
Best time to visit is between may to September.
You can see Leh palace, many monestries, 3 ediot movie school, and natural beauties.
You can reach there to spent good time in the lap of nature.
Leh is in high altitude so may face some breathing problems.
You must visit army museum to see history related to ladhakh and army.
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Abhinav Sudan

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  • Abhinav Sudan
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  • 62 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
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"Awesome place for any trip" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
1. Why to visit?
It is a place now known for Buddhist sites and exciting tracking areas along with dream goal for a biker. It is at a height of around 3500 m. It is having a wide range of options to explore.
2. Must Visit Places.
While going towards Leh from its South Western route via Srinagar Magnetic Hill, Moonland in Lamayuru village and Pathar Sahab Gurudwara is highly recommended. Shanti Stupa in the middle of the city is a wonderful place to visit. Leg palace, War Museum and Zorawar fort is suggested. Around Leh Pangong Tso lake, Thikse and She Monastery, Indus- Zanksar River and Khardung La is must visit places.
3. Local food and shopping.
Famous for all cuisines it is having good restaurants for the food part. Thukpa, Momos and Tuna Fish Salad can be tried. Local products shopping shops are available which can be explored.
4. Activities.
Trekking at Markha Valley, Bike ride towards Pangong Tso lake and Khardung La and local sightseeing is worth doing. Bikes are easily available at rent.
5. Advice.
Spare one day for Pangong Tso lake including a night stay in local available tents. Bike trip to Khardung La and back one day for that. Inside leh can be explored in one complete day. Take Camera along and spare clothing and shoes.
Happy Holidaying !!
Warm Regards
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Aman

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  • Aman
  • Lives in Jammu
  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"This is just amazing place to visit in india"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Ladakh is one of the most beautiful place on earth. Especially the on road travelling from kashmir to ladakh this will be our greatest experience. Its adventures pangong lake is very beautiful. If you are interested in history then a museum for the memory of kargil war is too good. There are different valleys and magnetic hill too. You are going to touch the clouds and areal experience of ice enjoy !!
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Shweta Viswanath

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  • Shweta Viswanath
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 6 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  6542 readers

"Treat for the Soul - Ladakh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Ladakh is a must see destination for travellers who are not only looking for a treat to the eyes but also a treat to the soul. Stunningly calm, peaceful and serene, every inch of the landscape is picture perfect, postcard perfect :-).
Some of the most memorable spots for me were Tsomorriri lake, Spiti valley and route to Nubra Valley apart from the lovely Pangong Tso
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Jayendra singh Panwar

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  • Jayendra singh Panwar
  • Lives in Udaipur
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  • 6 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
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"Leh: The Seat of Nagoya Dynasty"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months 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"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 29, 2017
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
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"Dream destination … A land of high passes."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2017
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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"Hidden gem of India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2017
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 Mar 15, 2017
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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