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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Akhil  Jaiswal

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  • Akhil Jaiswal
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 1 Review

"Best place on earth" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Leh Ladakh is one of the best place on this earth I have enjoy a lot. I miss those days when I was at Leh local public are so nice and helping nature. You all should visit attest one time at Leh, Pangong lake is like heaven it's so beautiful I can't tell you. We say janat hai toh Kashmir mai aur kahi nai.
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Aashish Agrawal

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  • Aashish Agrawal
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 Reviews
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"Mesmerizing, Ladakh trip!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
One has to actually be there to experience it. For, no review can do justice to this place. I try to put it down in points :
1. Landscape changes every few kms.
2. Its nature at its rawest ( not greenest)
3. It scales you down ( you realize how big nature is)
4. Magestic Pangong Lake
5. Nubra valley is a must visit
6. Wildlife in abundance, in open and harmless.
7. Just GO!
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Naresh Kothari

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  • Naresh Kothari
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1268 readers

"Awesome place for a road trip" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
No place in the world can be as beautiful as Leh Ladakh and it is a paradise for bikers. You get to see all colours of nature and its beyond expressing in words. One should visit and feel the experience. Every place in entire Ladakh in worth visiting and you would want to visit it again and again.
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Manish Adlakha

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  • Manish Adlakha
  • Lives in Surat
  • 2 Reviews
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"Word cant defined- Ladakh" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was the most awesome experience of my life which I cant describe in words the untouched beauty of nature the experience of riding bike on 18000 feet world highest motor able road. The magnetic hill the peaceful monastery, the night over Pangong lake the travel of mountains, its just heaven on earth.
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Yogesh Patil

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  • Yogesh Patil
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  35 helpful votes
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"Adventurous location, Ladakh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Leh-Ladakh is most scenic place that one should visit once in a lifetime. Wide variety of mountains and clear skies makes this the most beautiful place in India. Mode of communication should obviously be Bikes- RE bullets. Local Taxis are also available. Not so many good food joints available but you cannot expect them at this height and remote location. Oxygen percentage is very less and one should acclimatise before moving on to heights. Khardung La top located at 18300 feet is world's highest memorable road located around 60Km from Leh city. Most scenic Pangong lake is about 150KM from Leh and accommodation is available on tent basis at the lake if you want to stay. Monasteries are something which one should visit and experience the Ladakhi culture while you are in Leh city.

Best time to visit - May to September

Routes by Road - Srinagar to Leh highway OR Manali to Leh highway.

PS: don't hurry in visiting places. Go slow enjoy your ride and get acclimatise before heading towards Pangong and Khardung La.
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Pawan Girdhar

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  • Pawan Girdhar
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1267 readers

"Leh, a nice place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Ladakh is an amazing place, its a must visit. Its like a heaven, been with family. What an awesome place. Lot of passes and highest mountain roads were there. Wow Indian's Switzerland wanna go again & again. If possible must go by road from Manali. It was superb.
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Vedhosi Vaibhav

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  • Vedhosi Vaibhav
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  2 helpful votes
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"An amazing place to visit-Ladakh"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Leh has several sightseeing places which are very beautiful. One of the main attractions is the pangong lake where the 3idiots last scene was shot. The Pangong lake started developing only after the 3 idiots was shot. At the lake you can have a halt where there are 90% camp stays which are amazing. When I had been there it started snowing the whole night and the camp stay was really horrifying as it was really cold and we were freezes. But that experience is once in a lifetime. The colours of the lakes keep changing every 5-10 mins. This kind of experience can never be felt with any other place. The breathing would be a problem for some people where there are oxygen masks available at camps held by the army and defence. Advised to take diamox tablets before going there in order to acclimatise to that climate. The diamox tablet may cause constipation and consuming water when taken diamox is a must as all the water is absorbed by diamox tablet. Carry as many as warm clothes which you have. You would be visiting the highest point Khardung La pass which is the highest in the world.

Kindly note : only postpaid sims work and that too only in few places.
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Debaroon Ray

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  • Debaroon Ray
  • 4 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  8610 readers

"Ladakh land of god"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's one of the greatest destination in the world. Beautiful coloured mountains, scintillating Pangong Lake and Tsomoreri Lake, Lamayuru also a good place, Nubra Valley is wonderful because of its sands and double womb camel. Ladakh city also good to stay and sightseeing. Variety of foods and sufficient hotels are there. We visited in the month of June but October is the best time. Around 10 days required to visit all places.
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Aman Kumar

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  • Aman Kumar
  • Lives in Kota
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  •  31 readers

"Ladakh is awesome"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I went to Ladakh with my family for 2 months of stay. I cannot describe you how peaceful environment was that when I landed at the airport there. Beautiful mountains covered with snow, small lakes with blue water, all looked like heaven. There is a hill called magnetic hill, which has real magnetic attraction power. My driver showed the hill power with his car. He turned off the engine and as said, the cars started moving towards the hill. The Beauty of Ladakh cannot be described in sentences. I miss Ladakh a lot.
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Manali Shirodkar

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  • Manali Shirodkar
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Panamik hot spring visit at Leh"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
When I had heard the name of the place, I was super excited to visit the place. It was a 4 hours journey from Leh, when we reached their it was completely a shattering glass thing for me because it was just a bathroom, they have built where this Panamik hot spring water is accumulated in a pool. The water is supposedly have some miraculous effects for people who have joint pain, skin problems and many such things. But you can certainly skip this place from your list.
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