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

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).


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Nitinkumar Basau

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  • Nitinkumar Basau
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  528 readers

"Nitin"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Leh Ladakh Road Trip is the best way to see the beauty of this barren high altitude desert in one of the most remote regions of India. The beauty of barren and rugged landscape, unique flora and fauna and culture have much more to offer than just a good holiday. Our Leh Ladakh Road Trip takes you from Manali to Leh Ladakh through some of the highest motorable roads in the world as we visit breathtakingly beautiful places like Leh, Jispa, Sarchu, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley etc.
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Shuban pandit

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"Superb place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This adventure to explore Ladakh should not be missed in one's life. It is amazing. The place is covered with splendid mountains which stand so tall as if they talking to God. Although most low lying mountains are sandy yet they mesmerize the onlookers. Most beautiful places to visit are Nubra Valley and Pongang lake along with Hemis Gompa. Leh palace and Shanti stupa are also worth seeing.
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Ankit aggarwal

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  • Ankit aggarwal
  • 2 Reviews
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"Awesome place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Had an amazing time, it's a life time trip. Once you are here, you would love to visit every year. Leh trip is unforgettable trip, its beauty lies in the location, just in the middle of mountains. Leh flights is the best flight in the world. It's nature gives you peace and satisfy your soul.
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Ananya Kar

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  • Ananya Kar
  • Lives in Tamluk
  • 13 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  2731 readers

"Lifetime experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is the best trip I ever have. We went Ladakh with MMT and I must say they have excellent arrangement. We went Leh from Delhi. After arrival I was amazed by seeing the deep blue sky.
Ladakh has a rough beauty. It's not at all like other hill station. There you will get Karakorum range
And it's very much different from Himalayan. You have to use sunglasses and always remember to
Open the window of your car while travelling.
Because due to high altitude you will face
Problem in breathing. You need at least 1 day to get acclimatized.
Now come to places. We visited Thiksey, shey monasteries and mud palace in Leh. On the next day we went to Nubra valley. Khardung la is the gateway of Nubra valley which is almost 18000 ft. So better not to stay here for long. On the way you will get a Bactrian camel (camel with two humps on their back) safari which is really enjoyable. You should go and stay in Numbers valley in full moon. The beauty was breathtaking.
The next destination was Pangong lake which becomes very popular after 3 idiots. On the way to Pangong lake the scenic beauty was awesome. You will get chunk of ice, dry mountain, white sand and many more. But when you get the glimpse of the lake you can't speak a single word. It was beyond any description. Turquoise blue colored water makes the deep blue sky fade. Whatever you have seen in tv or in photos can't depicted the proper beauty of the lake.
Every people should visit Ladakh at least once in a lifetime.
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Nishchay Kanojia

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  • Nishchay Kanojia
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I got a chance to visit Ladakh. Initially most of my friends telling me the Ladakh is very isolated and different place so I was suggested to be careful also my flight was at 5:30 am from Delhi. Leh is a excellent place which makes us feel like we are in Europe with lots of naturistic beauty and clean environment.
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Jaison Netto

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  • Jaison Netto
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 117 photos
  • 63 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  21192 readers

"An adventure terrain"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its an amazing terrain for people who really enjoy adventures. You will literally feel wow through out the journey and yes, the journey will be tough through some very bad roads to some very good roads, valley to the mountains, sandstorm to snow falls etc.

You have to take ride this place with a motorcycle to get the best experience of your life time.

Just go for it. You will never regret.
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Vineetajain

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  • Vineetajain
  • 1 Review
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  •  1613 readers

"Nice place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Awesome places with nice environment condition and weather was excellent and enjoyable trip. Happiness and calming atmosphere will make that you have achieved everything. Best weather is in between May to August to visit and in the night a cold wind will flow over.
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Vi S s

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  • Vi S s
  • Lives in Pathankot
  • 3 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Wonderful place in india"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
During the period of King Nyimagon about 975 A. The. -1000 A. As depicted in A History of Western Tibet by A. H. Francke, 1907
The 9 Stupas at Thiksey Monastery
The empire of King Tsewang Rnam Royal 1 ., and that of King Jamyang Rnam Royal ., about 1560 and 1600 A. The
Phyang Gompa, Ladakh, India
Hemis Monastery in the 1870s
Main article: History of Ladakh
Rock carvings found in many parts of Ladakh indicate that the area has been inhabited from Neolithic times. [12] Ladakh's earliest inhabitants consisted of a mixed Indo-Aryan population of Mons and Dards, [14] who find mention in the works of Herodotus, [be] Nearchus, Megasthenes, Pliny, [c] Ptolemy, [the] and the geographical lists of the Puranas. [15] Around the 1st century, Ladakh was a part of the Kushana empire. Buddhism spread into western Ladakh from Kashmir in the 2nd century when much of eastern Ladakh and western Tibet was still practising the Bon religion. The 7th century Buddhist traveler Xuanzang describes the region in his accounts. [E]
In the 8th century, Ladakh was involved in the clash between Tibetan expansion pressing from the East and Chinese influence exerted from Central Asia through the passes. Suzerainty over Ladakh frequently changed hands between China and Tibet. In 842 Nyima-Gon, a Tibetan royal representative annexed Ladakh for himself after the break-up of the Tibetan empire, and founded a separate Ladakhi dynasty. During this period Ladakh acquired a predominantly Tibetan population. The dynasty spearheaded the second spreading of Buddhism, importing religious ideas from north-west India, particularly from Kashmir. The first spreading of Buddhism was the one in Tibet proper.
According to Rolf Alfred Stein, author of Tibetan Civilization, the area of Zhangzhung was not historically a part of Tibet and was a distinctly foreign to the Tibetans. According to Rolf Alfred Stein, [16]
" ... Then further west, The Tibetans encountered a distinctly foreign nation — Shangshung, with its capital at Khyunglung. Mt. Kailāśa (Tise) and Lake Manasarovar formed part of this country, whose language has come down to us through early documents. Though still unidentified, it seems to be Indo-European Geographically the country was certainly open to India, both through Nepal and by way of Kashmir and Ladakh. Kailāśa is a holy place for the Indians, who make pilgrimages to it. No one knows how long they have done so, but the cult may well go back to the times when Shangshung was still independent of Tibet.
How far Zhangzhung stretched to the north, east and west is a mystery ... We have already had an occasion to remark that Shangshung, embracing Kailāśa sacred Mount of the Hindus, may once have had a religion largely borrowed from Hinduism. The situation may even have lasted for quite a long time. In fact, about 950, the Hindu King of Kabul had a statue of Vişņu, of the Kashmiri type (with three heads), which he claimed had been given him by the king of the Bhota (Tibetans) who, in turn had obtained it from Kailāśa. "
A chronicle of Ladakh compiled in the 17th century called the La dvags royal rabs, meaning the Royal Chronicle of the Kings of Ladakh recorded that this boundary was traditional and well-known. The first part of the Chronicle was written in the years 1610-1640 and the second half towards the end of the 17th century. The work has been translated into English by A. Francke and published in 1926 in Calcutta titled the Antiquities of Indian Tibet. In volume 2, the Ladakhi Chronicle describes the partition by King Skyid-lde-ngima-gon of his kingdom between his three sons, and then the chronicle described the extent of secured by that son. The following quotation is from Page 94 of this book:
He gave to each of his sons a separate kingdom, viz ., to the eldest Dpal-gyi-gon, Maryul of Mngah-ris, the inhabitants using black bows; ru-thogs of the east and the Gold-mine of Hgog;
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Shailendra

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  • Shailendra
  • Lives in Leh
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2593 readers

"Good place to relax"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
My Ladakh trip was amazing. The best thing is there is no cheating and people of Ladakh are very simple, gentle and loving. Ladakh is full of natural beauty. You can plan your holiday without any hesitation and safety issue. You will feel at home all over your trip.
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  • Harshang Solu
  • Lives in Surat
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"Adventureous trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I have been in Leh during May 2016. It's quite cold and windy. At high altitude so a required 24 hrs of rest to acclimatize in that altitude. Pangong Lake is worth watching. All road trips in Ladakh is quite amazing with snow at passes. Ride a bullet once in Ladakh.
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