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 metres above sea level|
|Temperature||Summer-Min.-12.0C,Max.-33.0 C Winter,Min.-(-20.0C),Max.-5.0C|
|Languages||English, Hindi, Ladakhii|
|Rainfall||90 mm average yearly|
|Best Time to Visit||September to July|
How to get there
1. Air :-Leh is the main airport for this area. Direct flights link it to Delhi, Chandigarh, Srinagar and Jammu.
Places to Visit
|Leh Palace||Leh Monastery & Gompa|
|Spituk Monastery||Shanti Stupa|
|Namgyal Tsemo Gompa||Leh Mosque|
|Stok Palace Museum|
|Alchi gompa||Hemis Gompa||Lamayuru monastery|
|Suru Valley||Kargil||Nubra Valley|
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.
|Hotel Dragon||Lasermo Hotel||Lotus Hotel|
|Mandala Hotel||Pangong Hotel||Mahay Hotel|
|Royal Palace||Spic n Span Hotel|