Ladakh (Leh) Tourism
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Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world's most mightiest mountain ranges, the great Himalaya and the Karakorum Himalaya, it is a high-altitude desert located at the western edge of the Tibetan plateau which makes it unique and beautiful in its own way. Isolated settlements of green oases full of swaying poplar trees, apricot orchids and cultivated farmland makes it extraordinary despite the rugged terrain. High altitude and rugged terrain where Ladakh is situated, has people with joyous nature. Their rights, rituals and customs are a testimony to a variety and tasteful past which reflects in their local festivals that take places all through the summer.

A visit to Leh palace is a must which holds a rich collection of ornaments, crowns, ceremonial dresses and sooth paintings made from bright and pleasing colours derived from the crushed gems and stones. Besides the old structure of the palace it is also the panoramic view of the city of Leh and the Zanskar range.

Shanti stupa is a white domed stupa or a chorten on a hilltop in chanspa. Besides the religious significance, the stupa is also famous because of the location, which provides one of the best panoramic views of the city of Leh. The mountain terrains, view of Leh town and the peaceful serenity of this place will take you to a different world. You can reach to this place either by climbing the steps or by taking the road which goes directly to the top. If you love to do meditation then this is the place for you to try and experience it. The best way to enjoy this place is by keeping quiet and let your inner voice do the talking.

On a visit to the Shanti Stupa a quick bit of maggi noodles with some ginger, lemon and honey tea wouldn't be a bad idea. Relishing some thukpa in any restaurant in the market area would be a great idea. If you are visiting in the month of June and July you might want to enjoy the juicy and delicious apricots. A stop over at the old Tibetan refugee market would be an ideal place to shop Tibetan artifacts and prayer flags which are available in various shapes and sizes. Rafting in the Indus River from a village called Chilling is an experience in itself. You can choose from various distance options you wish to raft for which makes it convenient for anyone to enjoy rafting and not get super tired after the activity. A sumptuous meal after the rafting would surely make up for all the hunger you
would have after paddling the raft for a while.

A visit to Gurudwara Patthar Sahib adds a spiritual touch to the journey. A deep history and nestled location between the plains make it more the enjoyable and peaceful in every way. The sanctum sanctorum make you overcome with piety and a sense of deep peace which is difficult to describe.

Drive from Leh, climb quickly to Khardung La, one of the world's highest motorable passes, and then to Hunder in the Nubra Valley, famous for its unique landscapes with desert like sand dunes and double humped Bactrian camels. Driving deeper into the Nubra Valley and crossing the world's highest airstrip at Thoise to Turtuk which has only recently been opened to travellers.

A highlight on this trip, Turtuk was once a part of Baltistan. Besides the amazing scenery and the warmth of a serene village, there is an ancient fort and a monastery.

Leh is situated on a high altitude and has less oxygen compared to the cities we live in. It is necessary to be fit physically and carry proper medications to avoid collapse due to high altitude sickness. If you are riding down from Manali to Leh be careful at the streams and carry plenty of water and confectioneries with you on a motorcycle.

If you are driving down it should not be that tough compared to a ride on a motorcycle. It is necessary to carry a complete tool kit along with a spare tyre tube, bulbs, spark plugs and any other spare part you think might be worth carrying. It would be worth carrying that extra item and bring it back than to repent on the way in between nowhere.

It is necessary to drink lots of water and fluids to avoid dehydration. As the location is high above the sea level, it is necessary to protect the skin from the UV rays, as they are more powerful than what we have at the sea levels. There is a common notion to have some rum or vodka in the cold weather but it surely is not advisable on the high altitude. You need to breathe more to compensate for low oxygen at high altitudes. It is the only place in the world where you could have a frost bite and a heat stroke in the same day. Drink more water.
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Ad Roye
  • Ad Roye
  • Lives in Shillong
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  • 2 Reviews

"An adventurous place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
One of its kind in the country, Ladakh experience was entirely different from other hill stations. The barren and rocky mountains, lack of vegetation in the high altitudes offers a visual treat that's unparalleled. Journey through the difficult terrain to different parts offer you breathtaking and unique visuals. The high altitude with Leh at 11000 feet above and the world's highest motorable road at Khardungla Pass at 18300 feet above would need a little caution though, especially for not so physically fit tourists from the plains. The ideal visit would be during the onset of summer till September, but more daring ones may try the winters too. Nubra Valley, 135 km North-West of Leh is a must visit and one can easily spend two nights exploring the vicinity. The unique double humped camel ride on the sand dunes in Nubra Valley was an amazing experience. While the city of Leh is connected by flights from Delhi for a soft tour, it would be really worth a one way road trip from Leh to Delhi via Srinagar and Manali.
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Shanthi nandanan
  • Shanthi nandanan
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"A place with natural beauty" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Ladakh is a magical place which is bestowed with natural beauty. The snow capped mountains, the natural lakes, the monasteries all add to its allure. We went in the month of June which was the perfect time since it was not so cold and the weather was really pleasant. We got to see all the places without being inhibited by the weather. The must see places are the Khardungla Pass and the Pangong Lake, not to mention the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers. The Hall of Fame Museum of Ladakh and the various monasteries also are a must visit. The local delicacies like khawa, thupka noodles and momos are a must try. The Tibetan Refugee Market is a good place to shop for local artifacts and trinkets. However, it is very important to take rest for a day for acclimatisation. Even with a days rest we had to take mountain sickness tablets to counter the effects of less oxygen, this place being on a high altitude. We travelled by flight from Delhi and the view of the snow capped peaks of the Karakoram ranges at Leh was awesome. Surely a once in a lifetime experience.
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Saurabh Maheshwari
  • Saurabh Maheshwari
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 19 Reviews

"Breathtaking views" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We generally go to different place to do certain activities like boating or trekking to enjoy the place, but Ladakh being was amazing. You will never get tired of driving. It would be like slide show of different sceneries on your laptop. Each turn on the road opens a different view and thrills you. Stay in any hotel or resort, I guess there are very rare chances of you being cheated or fooled. People are just too lovely. I would say order anything but not the local food. Travelling is the best activity. Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake and Khardungla Pass are a few places to see. Inside city, Leh Place and Shanti Stupa are a must see places. Be aware of the high altitude sickness problem. Don't rush for the things and be calm. It was an amazing experience.
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Varun Guru
  • Varun Guru
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Great destinations and good food" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The best thing about the location were the generous and warm-hearted people. Leh is not a place about destinations only but also about the journey that one makes through the mountains, rivers and snow. Gesmo Cafe on Fort Road is a must try for food. Also visit the Pathar Saheb Gurudwara, Magnetic Hill and Hall of Fame. You can hire a bike for a day and roam around the city and explore places. Remember to carry a mask with you because there is a lot of dust. Also carry some woollen clothes as the weather keeps changing. Overall, had a great and fulfilling experience.
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Sharad Jain
  • Sharad Jain
  • Lives in Indore
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"An expensive and adventurous trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This is one of the unique and world class holiday experience in India. This part of Himalayas is very beautiful. You can enjoy bike ridding here. The days are long and place is generally very clean. Some of the must visit places are Shanti Stupa, Army Memorial, Leh Palace, Numbra Valley, Khardungla Pass and Pangong Lake. There are hotels as well as tents for accommodation here. The markets provide a variety of range for shopping. The journey on a bike made the trip worthwhile. It is an expensive and adventurous trip.
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Siddharth Bajaj
  • Siddharth Bajaj
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 2 Reviews

"Feels Like Heaven" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The place offers some breathtaking views and I really enjoyed a lot. If you love biking or trekking, this is the place you must visit. There are a lot of hotels that you can get at a very cheap rate. The people out there are really friendly and the food tastes really good.
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Satnam
  • Satnam
  • Lives in Amritsar
  • 3 Reviews

"Magical place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
You could never had imagined the ways of God. He makes a giant blue lake rest in the lap of high mountain desert. Amazing how so much remains trapped there. Camels in Nubra desert valley! Who could have imagined that sitting in Punjab? Visit Pangong Lake. Some monasteries. Try thupka (soup) and momos. Carry something to protect your eyes. Now I know why Ladakhi people have such small eyes.
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Gopal ghosh
  • Gopal ghosh
  • 4 Reviews

"Dream Tour" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a dream tour for us which we made successfully. Awesome view every where. It was a good time indeed. We have visited so many monasteries and spots within 9 days. The best place according to me are Panggong Lake, T-somoriri Lake, Lamayuru, Hunder, Diskit, Likir, Summor, Thicksey, Hemis, Shanti Supa,Shey Palace, Leh Palace, People should visit leh & ladakh once in their lives.
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Teja Cool
  • Teja Cool
  • 4 Reviews

"Nice experience overall" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Ladakh is a place that every one should see in their lives. It deserves that great contribution by every individual on the earth I mean not only from India but from every corner of the world. I really love the place - the mountains, the valleys, the hills, the people - and would definitely go there again.
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Hemant Panchal
  • Hemant Panchal
  • Lives in Valsad
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"Heavenly Experience!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Leh is a perfect combination of cultural and natural beauty. The scenic contrasts in the changing colors of the mountains brings a factor of surprise. When visiting Leh, one must make sure to indulge in the cultural activities of the localities. The traditions of Ladakhis is interesting to observe. The must-to-be-visited places would be Khardungla Pass, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Thiksey Monastary, Alchi Monastary.
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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

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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