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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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Ketan

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  • Ketan
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Adventurous" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
You are missing something if you haven't been to Ladakh till now. We friends went there for 15 day tour. First to Delhi then to Manali. Stayed in Manali for a day and then booked a cab to Leh. Amazing experience. Nature's beauty. Nice people. Average food. River rafting. But the main thing was biking experience we had there. We hired royal Enfield and toured the place by bike. It was just awesome. Go visit Ladakh once.
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Adhi  Arya

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  • Adhi Arya
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 23 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Get yourself Leh'd"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We started our Leh trip from Delhi via jet airways flight, breathtaking aerial views of mountains and sangam will greet you before you land in this magical land.

Day 1 :Was for acclimatization and local market. The hotel which you select should have a good view. Among the hotels which we stayed Royal Ladakh had the best view. Druk Ladakh also has good view.

Day 2 : We covered monasteries (hemis, disk it shanti stupa)and explored local market. On The way try to cover the RANCHO School. Local ladakhi food and Tibetan food can be tried at TIBETAN KITCHEN, summer harvest.

German bakery. Among them Tibetan kitchen was best.

Day 3 : We went to nubra valley via the khardungla pass. Experienced heavy snowfall at top. Do enjoy the mok mok ( momos ) and kawah at the shop administered by Indian army at 18380 feet. Camping at nubra valley was awesome experience. Swiss tents in desert Himalayas were good and food provided was also good. Enjoy sand dunes and camel ride at hunder.

Day 4 : Was at ease try to cover local market. Hire a bike or bicycle. Bikes are easily available at 1000- 1600/day with pick and drop facility at your hotel itself.

Day 5 : We went to Pangong lake. This journey was bit tiring but once you reach there and you forget everything in the serene beauty of the nature.

If you know someone in army, an excursion in lake can be arranged. I missed it

You can also visit China border via chushul village

Final day was a trip to sham valley covering hall of fame museum where the bravehearts of our country are played their due, also it has fun activity area.

Second in the lead was patthar sahib. Do have langar there.

Next were magnetic hills which I doubt if anything is there.?

Most awesome part of sham valley tour was sangam of zanskar and Indus river and rafting

When you go for rafting, go for 14 km stretch as 6 km stretch is no fun at all.
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Fazal Hussain

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  • Fazal Hussain
  • Lives in Madurai
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"An awesome bike ride"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The lush green forest, the streams down the road, the desert settlement, the utmost care from the people, the spine freezing cold, the high altitude cityscape, the valley! What not in Kashmir, was the question that creased my mind all the way when I was riding my beast, with the thundering sound of the silencer that created noise pollution all over the roads.

Eventually the journey started from Delhi, waving out the NCR, Haryana and finally to Punjab, just to have the free roti, panner and lassi from the Amritsar golden temple. The night got spent and we had a fresh start in the morning expecting it to be an early morning ride towards Srinagar. The fate screwed us and we were left with small issues in the bikes and the hot aloo parantha and the lassi made our afternoon meal in the holy city. Amritsar always amused me about the organic street patterns and the havelis with their local architecture.

The green fields of Punjab, natural rivers and the military convoy made the day until we reached pathankot. From jammu to Udhampur was purely a heaven, which lead us on the four ways over the mountains. Reaching Udhampur clocked 12 in our watches, we had some food and we placed ourselves in a small lodging space. The mornings were the same saga of starting at 11 and then we pushed ourselves over the rain, which encountered very bad road status, rain at times, traffic, water inside the boots, we ourselves grabbed a lot of tea and a Muslim hotel lunch at banihal. The bikes rolled with us till Srinagar and found a cozy place to sleep and the boots were dried.

We were searching for a good brunch, finally we made to the mughal darbar, the desperate foodies tried everything to the max and the exit of the hotel landed us to a small confectionary store, that was the one hell of the biscuits and cream we had with different varieties in it. We roam around the Dal lake and the skeptic plan got changed to have a short visit to Gulmarg, one of the Kashmir's beauty with lush green and ice clad mountains. World is such a small place, we never knew whom we going to meet the next moment, it landed us to an old friend from Kashmir, who has a Kashmir emporium shop in Madurai. He made us to the 6 kilometer horse ride to the top of mountains, and hot tea and photo session over there.

The next day morning we had small checks with the bike and got new pairs of gum boots and started to Leh by the noon. The roads were a real tough task for us to move to the next level, once we reached sonamarg, the cold was bitter with scarcity of food joints. We reached the first pass on the journey named zojila pass, one terrific pass which was just 30 kilometers which made us 4 hours to crawl with not less than 10 kmph in the low lights, with view down the valley. The reduced oxygen content and the cold river passing aisle the road side, we couldn't move much and settled ourselves before Drass. Drass is the second coldest inhibited place in the world!.

The butter roads that lead to Kargil with changing landscapes from lush green to serene desert. A few minutes homage to the martyrs in Kargil war memorial and the roads lead to Leh, we passed down a lot of places to reach leh by 12 at night. We ended up in an organic home stay; the kind hearted 'hang chuk'Ł served us some rice and dal at 1'o clock in the night. The mornings were warm and comfortable to get off the beds. This morning we never knew, we would be driving in the highest motor able road in the world. The Khardhung laŁ at 18380 feet from the mean sea level. This pass made the day from hail storms, hot sun, land slide issues, and freaking cold over the neurons of the toes.

The next day ended up with bright blue sky to the spituk monastery, hall of fame (a military museum in Leh), Leh palace with the descent view of the city from the fourth level of the palace till ninth level. Finally we found wifi itched over the Italian restaurant board, this made a lot to stick over the phone! The lasagna, pastas, pizza was such an awe treat for the fondled tongues from the roti and dhal makhni. Two photographers from Tamil land met us with a lot more conversation leaving them to be our very own mutual friends and lot of cine talks that rolled our night.

The same 11'o clock ride towards Pangong tso Asia's largest salt water lake at an altitude of 14, 000 feet from the mean sea level. The road towards the lake was in a very bad condition, with crossing the third motorable road in the world. This eventually made us to reach the starting point of the lake after the dusk! We were still unaware where the lake is and found a 3idiots point restaurant to full the tummy and moved further 8 kilometers towards spangmik and the tents were on!

The clear sky poured with stars and shooting stars was a blissful night; we got up seeing the lake's shore just 20 feet away from the tents, with the dawn creating interesting play of shadows over the sky. The drive over the lake, photo sessions, meeting with fellow riders and finished our breakfast at ranchoŁ restaurant. The bikes rolled towards Karu, to fill the empty tanks and the extra can to ride a 365 kilometer stretch without a petrol bunk.

The roads that lead to Lato had different landslides which made our night stay in green arena looking out for stars and shooting stars. We started early in the morning to reach sarchu! To have a calm stay as place had a very high altitude. We crossed across the second highest motor able road in the world at Tanglang laŁ, the road swept on a long valley down till pangŁ was a piece of cake for us. The stretch from pang till sarchu was one hell of ride overtaking merely 200 army convoy and 200 fuel trucks that led to a calm stay in sarchu.

The early morning drive from sarchu towards manali, which enrooted the rohtang la, which needs to be crossed during the natural light. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards. The route had a lot of green postulates as we entered the Himachal Pradesh range. We had a Himalayan achievement once we crossed the Rohtang la, we greeted the fellow riders, and there we met a MLA from Mumbai, who was desperate about the ride and spoke a lot with us. The 50 kilometer towards Manali was a cat walk to the bike.

The ride from manali started at noon and encountered with a heavy traffic of load vehicles and fuel tankers, the crisscross roads for the 250 kilometers towards Chandigarh. The last 60 kilometers over the Four lane national highway showed us the path towards finishing the goal that we dreamt about two years back and reached 12 in the night.
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Varun Kulkarni

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  • Varun Kulkarni
  • Lives in Pune
  • 26 Reviews
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"Sublime & Picturistic"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Leh- Ladakh is a place mostly for the adventure junkies. With a wide range of options to explore around it is the perfect place where you get from frozen river trek(Chadar trek in Zanskar river), world's highest motorable road for mango people (Khardungla) to the biggest lake in Asia (Pangong Tso) a delusional place (magnetic hill), warm water glacier (Nubra) & many more.

Before you get here you need to plan the tour properly & make sure you carry with yourself medicines on High altitude sickness. It is advisable that you hire a bullet & explore all the surroundings.
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Manish Mishra

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  • Manish Mishra
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Heaven on earth"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We, a group of four friends, along with wives planned this trip. We choose May as our trip month. We did a lot of research around the destination pertaining to do's and don't, locations to explore, how to best utilize our time, etc.

We planned a 9 nights trip, as we wanted to enjoy each and every place. We took a flight from Delhi and reached Leh airport. Then, we reached the hotel that we had booked. When we reached Leh, we came to know that majority of roads are fully covered with snow.

We had booked a package from one of the local travel agents who planned our complete 8 days trip with hotels and conveyance. We took an Innova and a bullet to visit the list of places on our cards.

Day 1: try to get acclimatise to the environment, as you may run out of breath very easily and especially on day 1.

Day 2: visit Magnetic hill and Sangam and while returning visit Gurudwara.

Day 3: Left for Nubra valley to witness the best picturesque landscape in d world. One would find sand, water, rocks and snow all at one place. You also find double hooded camels, rarely found anywhere else.

Day 4: Return back to Leh and stay overnight.

Day 5: Headed towards Pangong lake to relive 3 idiots memories. It's one of the largest lakes in Asia, partially flowing in India and partially in China. The drive in itself was awesome.

Day 6: Return back to Leh.

Day 7: Started our journey on Kashmir's best roads from Leh to Kargil (NH-2). The journey through the road was really memorable. Stayed overnight. Visited local places and the garden near Kargil and returned back.

Day 8: Stay in Leh.

Day 9: Visit a few palaces and Shanti Stupa in Leh.

Day 10: Back to Delhi, will precious n limitless memories.
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Pawan Girdhar

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  • Pawan Girdhar
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 10 Reviews
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"Nice place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Leh is really a place for adventure lovers. If you want to have fun in our own country go Ladhak. Discover something new. Nubra valley true beauty. Pangong lake good in summer and best in winter. Ride in bullet there long roads. True adventure. Lot to see there. Monastery 's are really cool place to go.
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Sushil Yadav

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  • Sushil Yadav
  • Lives in Thane
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  • 39 Reviews
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"Amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The best experience of my life. We have visited this location in the month of April. It's little bit off season. This is very awesome place. We travel by Air India early morning flight, the flight journey itself is very awesome. Flight is moving between white mountains. The airport is very small. Places like Lamayuru, Nubra and Pangong comes under must seen location. The local transport is very costly. Around 60 ratings per km due to snow and mountains. These are non bargain government approved rates. Prefer Innova or xylo. If you are newly married and don't have any child I suggest you to visit this place in off season ( November to April). I also advice to prefer local food only. You will not get much options for food in off season. I also advice to keep one day spare before leaving Ladakh during off season, due to non guarantee of road opening due heavy to snow fall.
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Tasneem Mamajiwala

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  • Tasneem Mamajiwala
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Rustic Beauty"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Ladakh comes across as untouched raw beauty with it's amazing colourful mountain ranges, serene waters flowing across. One needs to fly to Leh, stay there, and than take day trips to Nubra Valley, Panong Lake, Lake Tsamoriri. I also visited the beautiful Uletopo Valley which had these awesome cottages hanging above the Indus river. Best time to visit Ladakh is July and August since it's warmer and pleasant. Most of the hotels have a supply of handy oxygen cylinders for guests who may feel short of breath (due to the air being thin) but we did not feel the need at all. Its a must visit if you love nature at its best.
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Viyomi Shah

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  • Viyomi Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
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"Perfect holiday destination!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Ladakh is the most beautiful place that I have ever seen in India, full of adventure and beauty. Must visit and the people are very friendly. However it is advisable not to go there. In case you suffer from any health problems like asthma since it is situated on a high altitude.
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Dhiraj Saran

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  • Dhiraj Saran
  • Lives in Pune
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"Amazing Leh, best place to go!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Leh (Ladhakh) is one of the most amazing places one can visit. If you wish to see mountains, it cannot get better anywhere other than this place on earth. Having seen the Alps as well, there is no comparison. This is a cold desert, you will see less of green, but this is compensated by the wide range of colons, the hue and colour of the place changes with the weather and time of the day!

Best time to visit is between mod-May and September. It is not like any other hill station where you walk in to enjoy, this is a tough one. To need to ensure the following, you are healthy and sturdy (people with breathlessness, nausea and vomiting mist avoid) and should be a bit adventurous to enjoy the place. Ensure you have planned your trip very meticulously with enough buffer days, as health and weather can force you to back out on certain days. Also there are parts in Ladakh to visit, the Leh side and the Kargil side, doing both in the same trips not an easy call, so plan accordingly.

Must haves: warm clothing, medication (meet a Dr to get it), very good footwear, advance bookings for stay and vehicles.
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