Leh is an embodiment of natural beauty, picturesquely nestled by Karakoram and Himalayan ranges. Perfectly located on the banks of the renowned Indus River with all its majesty and amazing sceneries. Leh is the land of Lamas, the Buddhist Monks and is mainly populated by Buddhists and Hindus. The major part of the Leh city is covered by ancient Buddhist monuments, monasteries, study centers. Shanti stupa and Sankar Gompa are a couple of famous monuments in Leh. Book Leh Ladakh Tour Packages
Mosques dating back to 16th and 17th centuries and a nine storied palace Sengge Namgyal constructed in Tibetan architectural style are also a part of Leh’s diverse culture. Leh has grown to a best trade centre in Central Asia, with many trading opportunities for the motivated and dedicated young traders and achievers. Leh also attracts tourists from all over the world throughout the year. The picturesque beauty& the abundant snow has given Leh the status of one of the best places to visit in India.
General Zorawar’s fort: General Zorawar’s Fort or commonly known as Riasi Fort, is an ancient fort preserving the private wealth of the rulers of Dogra in Jammu. This ancient monument, now in ruins, stands above the Leh Palace and the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa. General Zorawar singh was a renowned & controversial warrior and is known for his continued struggle with the Chinese rulers over Ladakh. The fort houses the collection of the ruler’s treasure, coins & stamps. The fort can be reached by a 30 minute Trek from the old city market or hire a local jeep to the palace.
Hall of Fame: Located at the Spituk-Kargil road 4 kms from Leh is a museum build in memory of the brave soldiers who laid down their lived fighting the Indo-Pak wars. The museum maintained by the Indian Army showcases the biographies of the brave soldiers, the arms & amenities seized from the Pakistani forces. The museum also showcases the apparels & amenities used by the soldiers in the Siachen area also known as the highest battleground due to the ongoing border conflict between China & India.
Leh Palace: Built in 17th century the nine storey palace had a marvelous structure and was used as a residential palace for the king Singge Namgyal. The palace is situated 2 Kms from Leh and is easily accessible by Taxi or Jeep. The palace also hosts a museum displaying painted & embroidered scrolls, & paintings.
Shanti Stupa: Shanti Stupa was established by a peace sect of Japanese Buddhists, in Changspa in Leh. Shanti stupa menas peace (shanti) pillar (stupa). The stupa was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985 with an intention of spreading the Buddhist ideology & a message of peace in the world. The beautiful surroundings of the stupa adds a flavor to the tourists mood. The stupa is easily accessible through trekk, taxis or jeeps.
Stok Palace: Built in 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal, the palace has a beautiful mix of ancient & modern architecture. The palace is situated 14 kms from Leh across the Indus river. The palace is famous for beautiful gardens, sunrises, sunsets, collection of royal attire, crown & other royal materials.
Karma Dupgyud Choeling monastery: This world famous Buddhist Monastery is run by the Karmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhists. Karmapa stands for “the embodiment of all the activities of the Buddha” or “the one who carries out buddha-activity”. The monastery is situated 9 kms from Leh & is easily accessible by Taxi or jeeps.
Mountain Biking: The Second highest motorable road and hostile terrains add a spine chilling trill to the cycling enthusiasts. The road between Leh to Manali gives an opportunity to the mountain bikers to cut through the himalayan ranges and the picturesque landscapes.
Trekking: Leh, a paradise for trekkers, is attracted by many natural lovers and adventurous tourist. The snow covered Himalayan trekking terrains poses mild to very tough challenges to trekkers. The experienced trekkers got the competitive chances of highly challenging and breathtaking trekking trails in mountain ranges surrounding Leh. Some popular trekking routes include Spiti to Ladakh, Markha Valley trekking, Ladakh Zanskar trekking and the Nubra Valley trekking. Safari through the plain valleys in the banks of Indus River is also very attractive. One can also opt for Sham Valley trekking.
- Air: Leh’s Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport has flights to Delhi at least daily on Jet Airways and/or Indian Airlines and/or Air India which also provides twice weekly services to Jammu and a weekly flight to Srinagar. Connect in Delhi for other destinations. Go Air operates Delhi to Leh daily flights during peak time.
- Train: There are no railways currently in Ladakh, however a railway is proposed
- Road: Leh is connected to the rest of India by two high-altitude roads both of which are subject to landslides and neither of which are passable in winter when covered by deep snows. National Highway 1D from Srinagar via Kargil is open longer. Leh-Manali highway can be troublesome due to high passes & plateaus & landslide prone Rohtang pass near Manali
- Local Transport: Jeeps & taxis are readily available for the local tours.
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State: Jammu and Kashmir
- District: Leh
- Famous for/as: Trekking, Scenic
- Languages: Hindi, English
- Best time to visit: Jun – Sep
- Weather: Summer 5 to 40°C, Winter -14 to 24°C
- Pincode: 194xxx
- STD code: 01982
State Govt. tourism website: http://www.jktourism.org/