Ladakh (Leh) Tourism

Ladakh (Leh) Tourism

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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

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).


Ladakh (Leh) is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kargil and Amarnath.

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Daniel T

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  • Daniel T
  • Lives in Noida
  • 7 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  57 readers

"Truly amazing place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I've been to Leh twice in 3 years. The entire location is breathtaking. Nubra Valley, Khardung la, Pangong, Kargil Highway, Leh place - there are so many places to just spend your entire day Be careful when you come with small kids. The weather here can be very punishing. Winters start from end of September and go on up to March of next year. Temperatures in winter go up to minus 20 So depending on the season you are visiting, get enough medicines & appropriate wear People are friendly and helpful.
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Pavan Maddipati

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  • Pavan Maddipati
  • Lives in Bengalooru
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  • 13 Reviews
  •  62 helpful votes
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"Destination that validates the caption "Incredible India ""

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 26, 2017
Awesome place and must visit atleast once in a lifetime, expeirience the himalayas at their very best,
We visited in April, absolutely loved the place and hospitality of the people, will visit next year again for sure
Experience the different culture, he monastries, the pristine pangong lake among many others
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Sanjay Gupta

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  • Sanjay Gupta
  • Lives in Bathinda
  • 1 Review
  •  51 readers

"Very good destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 26, 2017
A must visit tourist place in India. Overall great hospitality. Wherever we had food either in the hotel we had stayed or outside, taste was good and very hospitable people. Very scenic and different landscapes. Only challenge is lack of oxygen level in body when you arrive here.
Pangong lake and Nubra valley are just breathtaking beauty.
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Ambika Maggu

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  • Ambika Maggu
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 6 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  5373 readers

"A trip to remember"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 8, 2017
For us the trip did not go as planned as there were rains, yet it was a memorable one. Make sure, the day you reach you should relax and get acclimatized. I think one thing that I will recommend as a must visit is Kargil War Memorial. Being an Army Kid that experience was pretty special.
Places to visit: Khardunlga, Nubra, Changla, Pangong Tso. Must visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Do not waste your time going to the Leh Palace.
For shopping Leh market offers lot of things. You can pick up decorative items to junk jewellery to stoles etc.
For food, go to Gesmo Restaurant and The Tibetan Kitchen. Center of Leh Market there is a complex which has different German bakeries. I guess the name of the complex is Rendezvous. Do try the cakes and coffee there on a chilly evening. It will make your day.
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Supriya upadhyay

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  • Supriya upadhyay
  • 1 Review
  •  51 readers

"It was an road trip full of adventure .."

  • Posted Oct 25, 2017
We have been to pangong lake, nubra valley. Suggestion for travellers :- Keep the least number of clothes, so that your bag must be light in weight, else you will get tired
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Mousumi Bhattacharya

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  • Mousumi Bhattacharya
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  125 readers

"Land of passes and valleys"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 25, 2017
Leh-Ladakh diaries :

Perfect for an internet-free holiday. Leh has an unparalleled ability to mesmerize with its unique topography. From its picturesque valley to Pangong Tso pristine water reflecting three (that my eyes could detect! Distinct shades; winning over altitude sickness and crossing the world's highest motorable road at Khardungla pass (18380 feet above sea level) with my 86 yr-old grandma - every single moment was enjoyable. Was enchanted by the shimmering sand-dunes at Nubra valley. Nubra valley is considered the heart of Ladakh and well it's true because without seeing by your own eyes, one would not believe the tremendous diverse scenery on a grand scale, with green oasis villages surrounded by thrillingly harsh arid mountains and shimmering sand dunes. These scenic delights are way-beyond-my words to express actually. Words fall short.

Tour to Ladakh is mostly famous for its road trip because of its mesmerizing scenery. That can be done from Jammu via sonmarg, Dras, kargil and then crossing the famous snow walled zojila pass. And also one can reach there by direct flight from Delhi. Flights availability is limited. Prior booking is mandatory.

One would require two to three days for local sightseeing that includes Alchi monastery (oldest one), Likir monastery, Hemis gompa (the grand one), Thiksey monastery, Old ruins of original Leh palace ( though now the royal family have shifted to Stok Palace, whose few areas are open for visitors), Hall of Fame ( war memorial) and the Shanti Stupa. One can enjoy the Indus valley beauty while visiting the Land of moon( Lamayuru) and the Sangam ( meeting of two rivers).

Then two day trip to Tsomoriri lake (7 and half hrs one way journey)and so night stay is preferred. Back to Leh. Then two days for Pangong Tso (lake, 5hrs journey one way) and here also night stay is preferable because of the thrilling experience of night stay at camp by the lake, bonfire and beautiful starry sky view. Back to Leh next day. One can do paragliding there in daylight. The famous 3 Idiots butt seats as well as Kareena Kapoor's scooter and helmet is given on rent for photography. Then finally the trip to the heart to Ladakh.

Three days for this trip is best because there are lots of places to visit. Toughest part is passing the Khardung La pass( highest motorable pass and the weather change is drastic within minutes). Prolonged stay at this place is not advisable because lack of greenery and high altitude, one can face minute difficulty in breathing. We were travelling with senior citizen, so we carried oxygen cylinder for emergency. Nubra trip takes almost 5 hrs. There is Diskit monastery and Champa monastery from where one can enjoy the picturesque Nubra valley. Night stay. Next day travel to Hundar- place of sand dunes and there, one can enjoy Bactrian camel (2 humped) ride. Next day, on way to Turtuk village one can view the siachen river and karakoram range but one needs to get an Inner Line permit to visit the whole valley. Rest at night and next say back to Leh. Keep that day for shopping apricots, dry fruits and pashmina shawls.

There is Tibetian market full of German silver jewellery. Few good restaurants are there which provide Tibetian dish and steaming momos. Yes, the ideal time to visit is April to august or September. Temperature is comfortable. Though its advisable to avoid June - July month because of rains. That time land slide is common.

Altitude sickness is common so carry medicine for that and do carry basic medicines for fever, headaches, acidity and muscle sprain spray.

Hope this review serves good for the would-be visitors. Happy journey :)
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Suresh

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  • Suresh
  • Lives in Marisa
  • 12 photos
  • 95 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  2689 readers

"This is absolutely different set up of Himalayan dignity"

  • Posted Oct 25, 2017
Travelled all over India, a beautiful country with huge Himalayan beauty, deserts, thick junges,big shores, where your travel kit should suit Atmosphere of destination alongwith necessary medicines, other usual travel precautions you must take. For nature VB lovers India is heaven.
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Mousumi Bhattacharya

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  • Mousumi Bhattacharya
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Leh through my eyes : Leh-Ladakh diaries:- Leh has an unparallel ability to mesmerize with its un"

  • Posted Oct 25, 2017
Tour to Ladakh is mostly famous for its road trip because of its mesmerizing scenery. That can be done from Jammu via Sonmarg, Dras, kargil and then crossing the famous snow walled jojila pass. And also one can reach there by direct flight from Delhi. Flights availability is limited. Prior booking is mandatory.
One would require two to three days for local sightseeing that includes Alchi monastery (oldest one), Likir monastry, Hemis gompha ( the grand one), Thiksey monastry, Old ruins of original Leh palace ( though now the royal family have shifted to Stok Palace, whose few areas are open for visitors), Hall of Fame ( war memorial) and the Shanti Stupa. One can enjoy the Indus valley beauty while visiting the Land of moon( Lamayuru) and the Sangam ( meeting of two rivers). Then two day trip to Tsomoriri lake (7 and half hrs one way journey)and so night stay is preferred. Back to Leh. Then two days for Pangong Tso (lake, 5hrs journey one way) and here also night stay is preferable because of the thrilling experience of night stay at camp by the lake, bonfire and beautiful starry sky view. Back to Leh next day. One can do paragliding there in daylight. The famous 3 Idiots butt seats as well as Kareena Kapoor's scooter and helmet is given on rent for photography.
Then finally the trip to the heart to Ladakh. Three days for this trip is best because there are lots of places to visit. Toughest part is passing the Khardung La pass( highest motor able pass and the weather change is drastic within minutes). Prolonged stay at this place is not advisable because lack of greenery and high altitude, one can face minute difficulty in breathing. We were travelling with senior citizen, so we carried oxygen cylinder for emergency. Nubra trip takes almost 5 hrs. There is Diskit monastery and Champa monastery from where one can enjoy the picturesque Nubra valley. Night stay. Next day travel to Hundar- place of sand dunes and there, one can enjoy Bacterian camel (2 humped) ride. Next day, on way to Turtuk village one can view the siachen river and karakoram range but one needs to get an Inner Line permit to visit the whole valley. Rest at night and next day back to Leh. Keep that day for shopping apricots, dry fruits and pashmina shawls. There is a Tibetian market full of German silver jewellery and artefacts. Few good restaurants are there which provide Tibetian dish and steaming momos.
Yes, the ideal time to visit is April to august or September. Temperature is comfortable. Though its advisable to avoid Kinkily month because of rains. That time land slide is common. So passes might get blocked.
Altitude sickness is common so carry medicine for that and do carry basic medicines for fever, headaches, acidity and muscle sprain spray.
I hope this provides enough information. Happy journey
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Pallav

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  • Pallav
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  66 readers

"Peace in Himalayas"

  • Posted Oct 25, 2017
The curve roads, roads amidst mountain and the silence. Trip for wandere, adventure lover.
First Aid must be carried. Bsnl sim will work out of leh town, make sure that either you / our driver has one.
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"Heaven on Earth ... Awesome place ... Taken the road less travelled ..."

  • Posted Oct 25, 2017
Awesome place to go ... We went in end of may month ... Enjoyed a lot ... Had taken road trip from Srinagar to Leh ... Places Visited : Kartik, Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Tso moriri lake ... Took road from Pangong Lake to Nubra Valley ... Awesome road.
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