Ladakh (Leh) Tourism

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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Ladakh (Leh) Traveller Reviews

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Shweta Shrishail

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  • Shweta Shrishail
  • Lives in Bagalkot
  • 5 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  967 readers

"Leh Ladakh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A must visit once a lifetime. Trip requires a lot of planning in terms of packing etc. Weather can be extreme on the skin. Because of the high altitude breathing also is caution to be paid. Place is most beautiful place you will visit, mountains, narrow roads, weather all compliments each other, best time to visit is April To June
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Srinivasamurthy chandrashekar

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  • Srinivasamurthy chandrashekar
  • 2 Reviews
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"Best Vacation"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 19, 2016
This is place one should not miss to visit, it is certainly paradise on earth. Our experience was awesome, it will be cherished for a long time to come.
Only my advice to people who travel is make sure you have bsnl or Airtel Post Paid [ Prepaid doesn't work here] if you want to be in touch with family/friends.
The people here are very humble and cooperative, you will not feel uncomfortable negotiating your local travel with cab, they have regular tarrif list.
Overall this is must visit place in India.
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Jayesh patel

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  • Jayesh patel
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Must visit the place atleast once in life"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 17, 2016
Must visit the place atleast once in life. It's all about hidden beauty of the nature and Ladakhi culture. Not only the place but Ladakhi culture and people are also nice. Good accommodation facilities are there. Pangong lake is just awesome and everyone should visit the lake prior to foreign trip.
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Anushree Patidar

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  • Anushree Patidar
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  2401 readers

"Leh-ladhak - A visit place .."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 15, 2016
Hey! All my traveller friends. So this review is about ladhak, leh-ladhak is a must visit place, if you are nature lover and peace seeker so this is the right place for you. Tourist spot like pangong Lake, Magnetic Hill, Nubra Valley, Tso- Moriri Lake, Lamayuru Trek and there are many more beautiful and scenic place are there, people here are so helpful and kind nature. Also there is market where you can do shopping, here you can buy Tibetan and tribal things. So please must visit leh-ladhak atleast once in your life.
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Akshit Bhandari

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  • Akshit Bhandari
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 13 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2436 readers

"Super Awsum Leh Ladhak"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 12, 2016
Leh Ladhak is super aw sum place. Adventure, Nature, Peace, Beauty, Heights, Bullet Bike riding, Indian Army, Cold, Sand Dunes, Camping, etc these are things which completely justifies "Leh ladhak".
One should at least visit leh ladhak once in a life .. Its a kind of achievement for us ,. But I will again to this place because I know lucky enough.
Booking through "make my trip" is quite easy, their regular notifications, customer service and timely intimations was very helpful.
One should properly take care of cold storm, Skin tan, proper sleep, oxygen level in body by keeping hydrated, proper intake of water, eating fruits and green vegetables. Try to avoid hard drinks and smoking. And most important, be strength-full and keep your will high.
Leh Local Market-Do bargaining (50%), shopkeeper keeps good profit margin
For Group (In September):
Room Fare-Rs800-Rs1000 (Guest House)
Bike 350CC and Rs1300/day-Bullet 550 CC
Food-Rs250/per person/per meal
Petrol pumps are available in Leh only. So if you going to Khardungla, Nubra valley and Pangong lake, keep your tank full and carry extra fuel.
Things to Carry- Postpaid number (Idea, Aircel, bsnl will work in Leh City), And bsnl postpaid connection will work in high altitudes. Power bank and Bluetooth speaker.
Akshit Bhandari
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  • Gaurav
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 12 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2511 readers

"Amazing place ... Picturesque ... Scenic & beautiful ... With friendly people"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 3, 2016
Laddakh is an amazing place with such a good people. It is picturesque, beautiful and has a very different landscape from the usual hill stations and mountains.
There are monastaries, mountains of different hues, glacier rivers, water gushing out from hills, green meadows as well, animals like double humped camel, marmot, yak, Zo, wild horses and pashina goats roaming freely in pastures. Then there is river rafting in Zanskar and Nubra river at a very reasonable price, trekking etc as well.
One only needs to stay in Leh for acclimatization part and should spend more days in Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso or to the near by places away from hustle bustle of leh city.
Laddakh is the place one must visit in lifetime.
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Nitinkumar Basau

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  • Nitinkumar Basau
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 30, 2016
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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  • Shuban pandit
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  3139 readers

"Superb place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 29, 2016
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 Jul 27, 2016
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
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  6699 readers

"Lifetime experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2016
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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