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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Suresh L r

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 8 Reviews
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"Breathtaking destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
After long planning, interactions with few travel agencies, we finalized our much awaited Leh-Ladakh trip during early May 2015. We entrusted the entire hotel and logistics arrangements at Leh,Nubra Valley and Pangong to Ms. Rigzin Chosdon of The DRUK, Leh. She ensured that we were made absolutely comfortable during the entire trip starting from picking us from the Leh airport till we were dropped back at the Leh airport to board our return flight to Delhi and onwards to Bangalore. Ms. Rigzin advised us repeatedly even before we started from Bangalore and also during our stay at Leh about the climatic conditions, altitude issues at Leh-Ladakh and the way to prepare for the same. This helped us to manage and enjoy completely in the best possible way during the very tough, unfriendly conditions of Leh-Ladakh region. Our sincere thanks to her for all the help extended.

We reached Leh in the morning by Go Air flight from New Delhi. Since all the flights to Leh from New Delhi are in the early morning, there is no other option but to reach New Delhi on the previous day and then catch one of the early morning flights to Leh. Once we collected our checked-in baggage and came out of the arrival lounge, we were greeted and escorted to the hotel The DRUK. The driver Mr. Gurmet Tsering, who received us at the airport was with us for the entire trip of Leh-Ladakh. He was very experienced, well behaved / mannered local driver and we really felt safe and comfortable with him at the wheel in those scary and risky roads of Ladakh be it to the Nubra valley through KardungLa pass or to Pangong Lake via Changla pass.

During our trip of one week, we covered local sight-seeing points of Leh viz, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Hall of fame, Magnetic hill, Gurudwara Pathe Sahib, Sangam point and markets. On our trip to Nubra valley, we covered KardungLa pass which is the highest motorable road in the world at 18, 380 ft. , Deskit, Hunder, Sumur and Panmik. On our last leg, we covered the magnificent, breathtaking Pangong Lake passing through beautiful ChangLa Pass which is the third highest motorable road in the world at 17, 688 ft. On our return journey from Pangong Lake to Leh, we also explored couple of beautiful monasteries and Rancho school.

Being high altitude region, it is absolutely essential for individuals to get themselves acclimatized with the weather conditions before venturing into any activity. This region, unlike other high altitude regions is completely barren and low on oxygen. Believe the oxygen levels are just around 50-60% and hence one should be very careful.

Overall this trip to Leh-Ladakh is a wonderful, once in life time kind of an experience and thanks to Ms. Rigzin for ensuring that we enjoyed every bit of the trip to the maximum with perfect arrangements. Our sincere thanks also to Mr. Gurmet Tsering who drove us all through these rough terrains and dropped us off to airport safely. Mr. Gurmet can be reached directly on his mobile +91-99069 88405.

One important point: Please DO NOT waste food even if it Buffet spread as nothing is locally available and vegetables and all other ingredients for cooking have to be brought in from New Delhi / Chandigarh by flight or from Kashmir if the road route is open.
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Shilpa Mantri

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"Adventurous and thrilling experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I think it's the most beautiful place in India, it is surrounded by hills covered by snow, the whole city is a scenery itself. Travelling experience from Leh to Pangong and Nubra is amazing. Khardungla Pass is highest motorable road in the world. Driving through snow covered valley is amazing, it's quite adventurous and must visit for every Indian.
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"Must Visit place for guys being SINGLE" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This place is heaven and awesome experience for trekkers, travelers or adventurous guys. This is not place to visit with family. This is the place for guys who are desperate about bike riding and trekking on wide fields, ice mountains and feel the nature.

There are so many places to visit. Like Hemis, Tiksey, Khardungle pass, Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri, Sarchu etc. No need of names, Just Visit all the possible places. Whole range is Superb and mind blowing.

For shopping you get only Winter clothes. You get to eat all kind of food there in city. While trek and travelling, anyone should have only limited and Veg food. Good for health since in case of emergency it would be very difficult to reach to doctors.

My busy time was photography, trek and enjoying nature.

Travellers should be well prepared with all safety measure and sufficient health situations. Those who have breathing problem shouldn't visit.
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Rama Shankar

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  • Lives in Patna
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"Heaven on earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Nice place, its just a heaven on earth. Enjoyed a lot with friends. Beautiful place. No problem will be there, people are so helpful. No tension of food. it is easily available in restaurants and bars. It was an awesome trip. Visit with friends and family. Really a heaven on earth.
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Pankaj Kumar

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"A best place for holiday" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Ladakh is one of the beautiful place for holiday. It is at the top of the Himalayas. Views are excellent. Beautiful mountain with glacier and when sun light falls on it makes it very beautiful. It is one of the best place for holiday.
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Shubham

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"A must visit place for wanderers!!!!!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The overall trip was Awesome!!! never had such a wonderful trip in life. I visited Leh city, Shanti Stupa, Leh palace, Tso Moriri Wetlands, Pangong Lake, Nubra valley, Changla, khardungla Passes & magnetic Hill, Shyok river. Really Mighty Ladakh as they says. A must see place!!!
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Kiran Nair

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  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
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"Its not just the mountains"

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  • Posted 1 month ago
Ladakh is a place one must visit if you are a travel enthusiastic. Best time will be only by mid May till mid October as otherwise the Manali axis is closed so are all the important passes which leads you to Nubra or pegong so lake. Bikers paradise.
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Asheesh Sahu

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"Amazing holiday destination for young couples"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Because of high altitude, you may feel breathing problem. But scenic beauty is very very good. In the month of March-April, Leh is covered by snow. You can go in it and play. World highest motorable pass is here.

Bike riding is very fun and adventurous here. I recommend to go there by road if you want to enjoy beauty of Jammu & Kashmir.
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Rohit Ranjan

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  • Lives in Patna
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"Feeling privileged to be there"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We, in total three couples, decided to visit Leh in the month on June. We took off from Delhi through fight and reached Leh.

Heard a lot from many people of having difficulty in breathing, but trust me, I didn't feel anything at all. And none of my friends felt except one who was very cautious about it.

So, we reached and had proper rest for day one. Next day we all went to see monasteries over there, went to Magnetic hill.

Be it anywhere, wherever you look at, you might feel as if you are looking at the windows wallpaper.

In the evening, we hired a bike on rent and went off to Sangam - where rivers Zanskar and Indus merge. Riding bike was just amazing there and we decided to continue the rest of our trip through bike..

Next day, in the morning we departed for Nubra valley passing through Khardungla pass - world's highest motorable road. It was also terrific. Reached Nubra valley later in the noon, took a little rest and went for desert ride. Amazed to find double humped camel and desert out there in between the mountains. Next day we came back to the main city Leh.

Next day, early in the afternoon, we departed for Pangong lake. The lake was really fabulous. We stayed for an overnight in tents. Tents were really fabulous with attached toilet. During night, temperature dropped to around 0 degrees, but we didn't face any difficulty in the tent. It was very nicely insulated.

Next day we departed for Leh, took rest for the rest of the day and came back to Delhi next day.

Trust me it is one of the places where one should visit. Been to many places around the world but I feel no other place would stand in front of Ladakh. While moving every 20 minutes you will find different topography. Somewhere snow-capped mountains, barren mountains, lush green mountain, desert, lake spread over km. Really spectacular views all around like live windows wallpaper. Completely natural. Hope I would have been there for longer.
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"Splendid views of breath taking mountains"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a superb experience. Wonderful place and people. Pangong lake is out of the world. You can't have an amazing view than having snow peaked mountains on one side and saltwater lake on the other. A must visit for all. The monasteries are worth a visit with Shanti Stupa located at the top and having the views of entire place.
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