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Introduction

Leh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. As you approach Leh for the first time, via the sloping sweep of dust and pebbles that divide it from the floor of the Indus Valley, you'll have little difficulty imagining how the old trans-Himalayan traders must have felt as they plodded in on the caravan routes from Yarkhand and Tibet: a mixture of relief at having crossed the mountains in one piece, and anticipation of a relaxing spell in one of central's Asia most scenic and atmospheric towns. Spilling out of a side valley that tapers north towards eroded snow-capped peaks.

Area __ sq km
Altitude 3500 m above sea level
Temperature Summer-Min.-12.0C,Max.-33.0 C Winter,Min.-(-20.0C),Max.-5.0C
Language English, Hindi, Ladakhi
STD Code 01982
Rainfall 90 mm average yearly
Best Time to Visit September to July

Leh MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :-Leh is the main airport for this area. Direct flights link it to Delhi, Chandigarh, Srinagar and Jammu.
  2. Rail:-The nearest railway station is in Kalka where one can take Manali-Leh Highway. And another is Jammu where one can take Srinagar-leh highway.
  3. Road:- The two popular routes to Leh are from Srinagar via Kargil on the Srinagar-Leh Highway and from Manali via Sarchu and Dharchu on the Manali-Leh Highway. These routes are only open from June to October.

Places to Visit

Leh Palace Leh Monastery & Gompa Spituk Monastery Shanti Stupa
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa Leh Mosque Stok Palace Museum  

Excursion

Alchi gompa Hemis Gompa Lamayuru monastery Suru Valley
Kargil Nubra Valley    

Shopping

Popular items with tourists are Pashmina shawls, stoles and other Pashmina wool garments. Locally handmade woolen socks, gloves, caps and sweaters are a favorite of tourists in Ladakh.Tibetan handicraft items including prayer wheels, Buddhist masks and Thangka paintings can also be purchased.

Accommodation

Hotel Dragon Lasermo Hotel Lotus Hotel Mandala Hotel
Pangong Hotel Mahay Hotel Royal Palace Spic n Span Hotel