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Tourism in Leh

Leh is one of the most beautiful places on the earth and is like a paradise for the visitors. Gifted with breathtaking beauty and wonderful landscapes, Leh is visited by tourists from every corner of the country and also from various parts of the world. Leh is one of the two districts into which Ladakh of Jammu and Kashmir got divided.

Tourism in Leh

Due to its strategic location, Leh is a very important place in the tourist map of the world. Surrounded by lofty mountain ranges of the Himalayas and the Karakoram, Leh is also the district headquarters. You will get information about Leh Tourism in this article.

Tourist Places in Leh

You get to see tourist places of different genres within Leh. These places are:

Alchi Village and Monastery

This small village and monastery is located on the shores of River Indus about 70 KM away from the main city center. It is amongst some of the oldest monasteries of Ladakh Region and has rich collection of many types of wall paintings of 11th & 12th century AD.

Shey Palace

Founded by King Deldon Namgyal in 17th Century, this palace is a major attraction of Leh. It is located in south of Leh City at a distance of 15 KM. You can trek down to this palace from Thickey Monastery which is about 4 KM away.

Leh Monasteries

Leh houses more than 35 monasteries. The monasteries are important tourist attractions as they have carvings, murals, and beautifully carved statues installed there. You will get to see Thnagkas and different types of wall paintings at these monasteries in Leh.

Tourist Places in Leh

Leh Palace

This is the prime attraction of Leh ans was built by the then king Sengge Namgyal in 17th century. The architecture of this palace attracts tourists from all over the world and the palace has archaeological significance also.

Hemis Monastery

The biggest and the wealthiest monasteries of this region, Hemis Monastery is the center of attraction of Leh and is visited by believers of Buddhism and others too.

Sindhu Ghat

Located about 10 KM away from Indus River, this is a quiet river bank which you should never miss out during your stay in Leh.

Stok Palace Museum

Located about 14 Km from the city center of Leh, this museum depicts collection of Royal Family of Leh. You get to see many types of artifacts here and also witness life style and culture of Buddhists.

Pangong Lake

It is a large salt water lake known primarily for its crystal clear blue water. The lake is located on the border of India and China and only 1/4th of it lies in our country.

Eating Out in Leh

Leh has numerous restaurants, coffee shops and bars to cater to the needs of tourists. All these places offer local delicacies as well as cuisines from all over the world. You can get breakfast, dinner and lunch at affordable rate served by friendly people.

Eating Out in Leh

Here are some of the eateries in Leh:
  • The Tibetan Kitchen
  • Budsha Inn
  • Kokonoor Tibetan Restaurant
  • Summer Harvest
  • La Terrasse
  • Upel Tibetan
  • Tenzi Deiki Tibetan
  • Happy world
  • Open Hand
  • City Corner Restaurant
  • Zal Restaurant
  • Ibex Bar & Restaurant
  • Namra Bar & Restaurant
  • Zen Restaurant & Bar
  • World Garden Cafe

Eat at these Restaurants in Leh.

Hotels in Leh

Leh has accommodations of all types. You will get budget hotels, 2-star, 3-star, and the most luxurious hotels to stay. Leh also has resorts, guest houses and home stays. These accommodations offer wonderful staying facilities and also provide world class ambiance within your budget.

Hotels in Leh

Some of the hotels in Leh are:
  • The Grand Dragon Ladakh
  • The Zen Ladakh
  • Saboo Resorts Leh
  • The Druk Ladakh
  • Hotel Spic & Span
  • Hotel Lasermo
  • Antelope Hotel
  • Hotel Naro
  • Hotel Grand Willow
  • City Palace Hotel
  • Hotel Galcier View
  • Hotel Grand Himalayan
  • Hotel Ladakh Residency

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Shopping in Leh

Leh has wide ranges of handloom and handicraft works. You can get plenty of woolen items, carved wood items, stone jewelry items, embroidered rugs, shawls, dress materials, Tibetan accessories in different shops of Leh. Shopping in Leh is an enjoyable experience. You can visit Main Market, the Tibetan Market and the Gol Market to get some of the best items.

shopping in Leh

Some of the popular shops in Leh:
  • Himalayan Pashmina Shawls Collection
  • Ladakh Art Palace
  • Handicraft co-operative Society
  • Book Worm
  • Bardi Students Point
  • Ladakh Apricot Center
  • Palmo Tibetan Emporium
  • Golden Bakery
  • German Bakery

Read more about Shopping in Leh.

Transport in Leh

Leh can be reached by Air and Road where air being the fastest means of transport. Leh Airport, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport has daily flights connecting Delhi and Leh. Flights are there between Srinagar and Leh as well. Leh is reachable by road from Manali and also from Srinagar. JKSTRC buses and HRTC buses are plenty in numbers to reach Leh from these two places. Private bus operators also have buses running from different cities of north India to Leh. Delhi and Leh has direct bus service. Bus services have night halts in between. 

Transport in Leh

List of Taxi Services in Leh

Taxis and jeeps are also used to reach Leh from other places. Find the contact details of some of the best known and reliable taxi services in Leh below:

Travel Duniyaa

Jeevan Deep Building,
Near Diamond Resturant,
Leh Ladakh - 194101
Phone no.: 8091 071 800 / 9805 626 334
Opening Hours: All days in a week 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Tour De Westren Tibet

Stumpa Shenam,
Leh HO,
Leh Ladakh - 194101
Phone no.: 9419 441 351 / 9858 466 793 / 1982 253 661 
Opening Hours: All days in a week 08:00 am to 10:00 pm

Ladakh Taxi Cooperative Ltd

New Bus Stand,
Leh Ladakh - 194101
Phone no.: 1982 252 723 / 1982 253 039
Opening Hours:
All days in a week 07:00 am to 07:00 pm

Wild East Adventure

Hemis Complex,
Upper Tukcha Road,
Leh HO,
Leh Ladakh - 194101
Phone no.: 9419 219 215 / 1982257 505 / 1982 257 939
Opening Hours: All days in a week 08:00 am to 08:00 pm   

Dreamland Trek & Tour

Fort Road,
Leh HO,
Leh Ladakh - 194101
Phone no.: 9419 178 168 / 1982 257 784
Opening Hours: All days in a week 09:00 am to 07:00 pm

To travel within Leh and places around Leh, you can get taxis, jeeps, and motorbikes. Get more details here.

Best Time to Visit Leh

The best months to go for Leh tour are June, July, August, September and October. These months have pleasant weather and clear sky and the roads remain open to travel easily. Winter months have extreme temperature and that is why it is not recommended to visit Leh during winter. Snow fall is common during January, February and March. Rainfall happens throughout the year. From June to October, tourists can also enjoy many cultural events that get organized in Leh. Those who are looking forward for Chadar Trek in Leh , which is a trekking program on frozen river, January to middle of March is the best time. New Year, Stok and Matho festivals of Leh are celebrated during winter so if you want to be the part of these festivals then you must visit Leh during winters.

Tourist Office in Leh

Leh Ladakh Tours can be planned through Government of India Tourism and also through various private tour operators.

Discover Ladakh Adventure Tours & Travel
Opposite Eagle Guest House
Leh - 194101
Phone No.: 01982 252 471 / 9419 177 745
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