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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Kiran Nair
  • Kiran Nair
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 1 Review

"Its not just the mountains" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Ladakh is a place one must visit if you are a travel enthusiastic. Best time will be only by mid May till mid October as otherwise the Manali axis is closed so are all the important passes which leads you to Nubra or pegong so lake. Bikers paradise.
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Asheesh Sahu
  • Asheesh Sahu
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 6 Reviews

"Amazing holiday destination for young couples" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Because of high altitude, you may feel breathing problem. But scenic beauty is very very good. In the month of March-April, Leh is covered by snow. You can go in it and play. World highest motorable pass is here.

Bike riding is very fun and adventurous here. I recommend to go there by road if you want to enjoy beauty of Jammu & Kashmir.
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Rohit Ranjan
  • Rohit Ranjan
  • Lives in Patna
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  • 9 Reviews

"Feeling privileged to be there" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We, in total three couples, decided to visit Leh in the month on June. We took off from Delhi through fight and reached Leh.

Heard a lot from many people of having difficulty in breathing, but trust me, I didn't feel anything at all. And none of my friends felt except one who was very cautious about it.

So, we reached and had proper rest for day one. Next day we all went to see monasteries over there, went to Magnetic hill.

Be it anywhere, wherever you look at, you might feel as if you are looking at the windows wallpaper.

In the evening, we hired a bike on rent and went off to Sangam - where rivers Zanskar and Indus merge. Riding bike was just amazing there and we decided to continue the rest of our trip through bike..

Next day, in the morning we departed for Nubra valley passing through Khardungla pass - world's highest motorable road. It was also terrific. Reached Nubra valley later in the noon, took a little rest and went for desert ride. Amazed to find double humped camel and desert out there in between the mountains. Next day we came back to the main city Leh.

Next day, early in the afternoon, we departed for Pangong lake. The lake was really fabulous. We stayed for an overnight in tents. Tents were really fabulous with attached toilet. During night, temperature dropped to around 0 degrees, but we didn't face any difficulty in the tent. It was very nicely insulated.

Next day we departed for Leh, took rest for the rest of the day and came back to Delhi next day.

Trust me it is one of the places where one should visit. Been to many places around the world but I feel no other place would stand in front of Ladakh. While moving every 20 minutes you will find different topography. Somewhere snow-capped mountains, barren mountains, lush green mountain, desert, lake spread over km. Really spectacular views all around like live windows wallpaper. Completely natural. Hope I would have been there for longer.
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Uma Nahar
  • Uma Nahar
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 1 Review

"Splendid views of breath taking mountains" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It was a superb experience. Wonderful place and people. Pangong lake is out of the world. You can't have an amazing view than having snow peaked mountains on one side and saltwater lake on the other. A must visit for all. The monasteries are worth a visit with Shanti Stupa located at the top and having the views of entire place.
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Rkglobal Broking
  • Rkglobal Broking
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Heaven on earth is simply unforgettable"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Ladakh is just an awesome place to visit. We had been a group of 8 couples and each one even after years have memories intact. There are many pleasant destinations but one I remember the most is the magnetic hill where our car drive upside with engine off. Second is the famous Pangong Lake connecting India and china, just fantastic place. I would never forget about the people and their hospitality. Only thing to take caution note is to eat light until your body gets acclimatized with its climate as due to its high altitude it has low oxygen levels. For us its just a memorable experience and a heaven on earth.
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Sunaina Raman
  • Sunaina Raman
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews

"A visit to the majestic and mystic himalayas"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Anybody who loves to be in the lap of nature, away from the chaos of busy lives should never miss the opportunity of visiting leh and ladakh. It's a connection with the tranquility of the place which leaves a unmatchable mark on our minds. One feels so close to the skies that can reach out to the clouds to catch them. The ruggedness and difficulties of the place also accepted as a perk by the spellbound nature lovers. It's an untouched abode of selflessness.
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Meenakshi Shankar
  • Meenakshi Shankar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"Ladakh: The other World"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It isn't often that a seasoned traveller comes face to face with beauty so profound that it simply manages to take your breath away. Ladakh for me is much more than a destination. It's pilgrimage - an affair that I continue to visit every year for over 2 decades. It started when I was in the last year of my college - back then, a virgin traveller, it was an adventure that i wanted to sink in before life spun its silken web.

Stark and unadulterated, wrapped in eternal mystique, the remote destination is unparalleled in its spectacular natural colors and serenity.

Like Icarus to the sun, my city frayed nerves needed the calm that radiated through the monasteries that I walked into and spent hours observing and listening to the soft chants, to the bells, to the laughter. To life which beckoned to discover and savor it.
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Deepak Amembal
  • Deepak Amembal
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 4 Reviews

"Heavenly paradise"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I had been planning to visit Ladakh since a long time. And I was sure of one thing that as and when I visit it will be by motorcycle. It was my dream to be astride my motorcycle atop Khardungla pass the highest motorable road in the world on my 60th birthday but it was not to be. Finally I realised my dream last year in September. Ladakh did not disappoint. It gave me the experience of a lifetime. The people, their culture is one to be respected. You are treated with utmost respect everywhere in an inhospitable environment. Ladakh is an addiction. One cannot get enough.
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Rahul Dutta
  • Rahul Dutta
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Once in a lifetime"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
If you want to see Heaven, if you want to enjoy the best mountains of the world, if you want to experience a holiday without any mobile signal, if you want to believe that nothing is beautiful than India, If you love natural scenic beauty, if you want to see the best highway of India, if you want to see something which you will never find anywhere Ladakh is the Place. Must Visit ASAP.
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Sanchit Gupta
  • Sanchit Gupta
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Adventurous in the icy and serene place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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