RemarkableIndia.com
     Register Here | Don't Click Here
 

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

 
Leh_01
leh
Leh_02
Leh_03
Leh_04
Leh_05
Leh_06
Leh_07
Go to Reviews
Go to Quick Reference

There are some places in the world that give you the tantalizing feeling of giving up your existing life and settling down there forever. Leh is one of those. A beautiful city, Leh is cradled amongst the high peaks of Himalayan Mountains. Its exceptional geographical placement – a surprising tableland in the middle of jagged landscapes full of steep mountains and deep valleys – makes Leh a unique travel destination. Owing to this distinct geography, Leh has a distinct culture as well as ecosystem. Being a major travel destination, Leh has grown in terms of infrastructure and local affluence over the previous decade. This development has added some welcome aspects to the city in the form of wonderful markets, excellent hospitality and great facilities for the tourists.

 

The highest city of its size, Leh is situated at an altitude of over 3500 meters. Such a great height from the sea level distinguishes Leh from most of the man-inhabited places of the world. Instantly after the arrival, one has to take certain efforts to get used to the high altitude and low oxygen to prevent AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). This is even more important for those who fly in. Connected by road through two of the highest motorable roads on the planet, Leh gets completely disconnected from the rest of the world during winters, when these roads are buried below massive piles of snow. During summers, however, Leh offers plenty of sunlight and a pleasant temperature which lasts from March to July.

 

The first and the foremost attraction at Leh during summers is lovely weather and fresh, unpolluted air. But apart from that, there are a lot of activities and site seeing options to keep you busy for a week or more. There are some nice monuments and important Buddhist monasteries in Leh, some of the very important in Buddhism. Markets of Leh are interesting and so are the hotels and restaurants. Besides these, there are several attractions around Leh, coverable within a day’s journey. Amongst these are Nubra Valley and Dha and Hanu, the societies with unique cultures. Khardung La pass, on the way to Nubra Valley is a major attraction for the bikers, as for a long time it was known to be the world’s highest motorable road. Pangong, Tso Moriri and Tsokar are some exquisite lakes, untouched by pollution of any sort. These are also the places famous for bird watching. Lama Yuru and Alchi are the famous Buddhist monasteries, of which Lama Yuru is loved by the photographers for its beautiful site.

 

It is always a strong recommendation that you spend your first day at Leh inside the hotel room in order to get accustomed with the climate. Not walking fast or making rapid movements is also on the top of the list. If AMS hits you, you may end up spending first three of your days in Leh in a hospital or, even worse, being transported back to Manali or Srinagar. But if you respect these prerequisites, you will end up having a great time. The next day, you can slowly start with the local site seeing options, until you are ready to face the higher altitude places such as Khardung La or Chang La passes.

 

Shey Palace and Monastery is quite inside the city and a famous tourist place. This 17th century palace was built by King Deldan Namgial. He also made a brilliant statue of Buddha, created from copper gilt, which graces photographers of all kinds by its magnificent look. Shey Palace is not a very large place, but an interesting one to start with.

 

The next stop is Thiksay Monastery, probably the most famous in Leh. This large monastery blanketing a hillock in the typical fashion of monastic designs was built in the early 15th century. As you take the walk up the hill, which could be demanding despite of a short length as your body still might be in the process of getting used to the altitude, you arrive at a square that offers a nice view of Leh. One way from here leads to the shrines situated upwards and another to a museum of precious objects nearby. There is an intriguing souvenir shop here where you can find useful books about Ladakh and various gift items that do not fail to please the people back home. The place also offers a nice café where you can sit and enjoy the pleasant ambience.

 

Leh Palace, built in the early 17th century, is at the outskirts of Leh. Its Ladakhi name is Lhachen Palkhar. It was built by King Namgyal. This nine storied structure stands over a hillock, overlooking the older town of Leh. For the most parts, the palace is in ruins. Photographers often spend a lot of time here taking pictures of the wide-spread houses on the backdrop of snow-capped hills.

 

Nearly 45 kilometers from Leh is Hemis Monastery, one of the important ones.  This historical monastery, well hidden in the hills, has been here at least since 11th century, though it was further developed by King Namgyal in the 17th century. This simple yet attractive and serene place has an important museum. Also, Hemis Monastery is popular for Hemis Festival, dedicated to the Guru and sage, Padmasambhava. The festival is famous for traditional Ladakhi dance performances.

 

Markets and other parts in Leh can make a good tour. An ideal time for a leisurely stroll through the town could be when you have returned in the morning from Nubra Valley or Tso Moriri Lake after a night’s stay and have the rest of the day to be spent in the town itself.

 

An important tourist hub, Leh has a sophisticated hospitality industry, with a wide range of hotels to choose from. During the season, it is suggested that you book your stay well in advance.

 

Though Leh has an option of reaching by air, it is highly recommended that you make the journey by road, ideally starting from Manali and ending at Srinagar. Where the road from Manali to Leh offers amazing views of gigantic mountains and some exquisite snow-lands, the road from Leh to Srinagar is full of typical Ladakhi Mountains without any vegetation, which make a unique and captivating site. Though the roads in the state of Himachal have been rough and unpleasant, most of the roads in Ladakh are smooth and offer great driving pleasure.

 

 


Back to article

Quick Reference

The distinguished city of Leh is the capital of Ladakh. Laying at an altitude of 3500 meters this city is a unique and scenic travel destination. An important tourist place in India, Leh has beautiful ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries that attract thousands of tourists from all over the world. The Shey Palace and Monastery, Thikse, Stok and Hemis Monasteries are the major tourist spots. The Leh Palace further adds charm to this place. Around Leh, the Nubra Valley, Dah-Hanu, Alchi and Lamayuru are the places worth visiting. Exquisite lakes like Pangong Tso, Tsokar and Tso Moriri are in proximity to Leh and exhibit subtle natural beauty. The weather of Leh is very pleasant during summers. The city has interesting markets and has all the necessary facilities for the tourists including good hotels, resorts and restaurants.

 

Destination Grade: A (What is this?)
Rating: 9/10
Population: 27513
5 Star Hotels: Hotel Karvan Central.
Luxury Hotels: The Grand Dragon
Airport: Leh
Railway station: The nearest railway station is in Kalka, a bus or taxi to Manali via Shimla can be hired from here
Nearest Major City(s): Srinagar(256 km) and Jammu (296 km)
How to reach: Leh is well connected by roads from Kashmir and Manali. Good time from June to October
Major Tourist Attraction: Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Namgyal Monastery
Food speciality: Buddhist Monasteries
Back to article


Rating:
63.0
47 votes
1 2 3 4 5
 
Total Reviews : 14
 
 
Reviews by users : (14)
Back to article
About Leh - by Utpal Ghosh  Dated : 2011-05-02
Leh is the best tourist place in India. When you go to Leh, you get many options to look around. Pangong lake and Khardung La are the major attractions. Pangong is a salt water lake with nice scenery. Khardung La is the world highest pass and it is thrilling to visit this place. Apart from this the town of Leh itself is also a very nice place to spend a few days. There are many tourists here during the tourist season.

There is a place called mini iran here where a lot of Irani people stay. Very few people know about this place and it is a good place for youngsters to hang out during the evenings. The main area of Leh is also very nice with many shops and restaurants that offer great food.

The only one thing about Leh is that it is very expensive. Even the stall owners charge heavily for things such as hats and gloves and they do not reduce the rate for anyone. Food in good hotels costs a lot and accommodation is also costly. The people of Leh say that they can make money only for a few months of a year during the tourist season and that's why it costs so much.

But apart from that Leh is a great place to visit and one should go there at least once in life.
Enchanting and Engaging Leh - by Akshay Munshi  Dated : 2011-03-17
My visit to Leh cannot be put into words, because the trip was just so amazing. Leh is the capital of Ladakh and is the largest town in the region. Located at a great height, it can make you feel low, owing to the high altitude, you can get breathing problems. No matter what, the views you see are more breathtaking! Leh offers a wide array of destinations that are worth seeing. Be it the spectacular nine storied Namgyal Palace or the ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, they enchant you.

On the third day of my stay in Leh, I set off to visit the places in and around Leh. The first place that I explored was the Namgyal Palace. Built by the King Singee Namgyal in grand traditional Tibetan architecture, it is the cynosure of the eyes of the locals and attracts tourists from all over the world.

Leh has a historic bazaar. The main sites to visit here are the newly built Buddhist temple called Jo-Khang and the mosque built in the late 17th century. As I walked through the main bazaar, I observed a varied crowd of tourist looking curiously into shops, it was an engaging experience. When I got tired strolling, I moved into a nearby restaurant that served local Tibetan, Indian and continental cuisine.

Other places I explored in the radius of 20 kilometers from Leh were the Shey Palace and monastery that overlooked the Holy pond, the picturesque Shey village and the famous Thikse monastery and the Stok Palace museum. It was an overwhelming experience.
The Leh Trip With Ramesh - by Saurabh Aboti  Dated : 2011-03-16
Leh is nothing but a treasure chest full of ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. And thus it is traditionally as well as religiously important to the Buddhists. No matter what, people from all over the world go to Jammu and Kashmir to take a look at a state that is called “heaven on earth’. Like any other tourist I went to Leh, the capital of Ladakh on a holiday. I had only 5 days to spare. I had gone with my best friend and colleague Ramesh to Leh upon his insistence. He had had such plans since quite some months, so I gave in.

We took a flight to Leh from Delhi; Ramesh had made the bookings already, the hotel and everything. Better check hotel availabilities couple of months ago. When we reached Leh I was bowled over by the beauty of the place. But the air was so damn thin, I couldn’t breathe comfortably, plus we had taken the flight, hell I had blues already. My head started aching horribly. I visited the hospital in Leh and they treated me like a kid down with fever. Well, high altitude sickness is common for first time travelers, it is better to take precautions and better save 2 days for rest.

Likewise, 2 days of ours went in the thin air thing. We then hired a car and saw monasteries. Thikse, Shey and Stok gompas or monasteries are really near to Leh. They are really beautiful. Hemis is quite far away, we went to Hemis on the 4th day of our tour. Funny, none of us are religious, but we were happy to visit the monasteries. We took a lot of pictures there. We bought leather stuff and woolen garments also. The five day trip was rejuvenating. Thank you Ramesh!
Leh - A Good Surprise - by Radhika Srinivasan  Dated : 2011-03-10
Upon the suggestion of many people I decided to take my mother to tour Jammu and Kashmir. She is a travel enthusiast but due to her busy life she did not find time out to go and explore places. It was always that we both travelled extensively during my school holidays, I so much wished to relive those moments. I got the booking for a good hotel in Leh and I preplanned things with my travel agent. On her birthday I surprised her, she was really happy.

We boarded a flight to reach Delhi from where we had a flight directly to Leh. After we reached Leh we rested for two days, to get little used to the altitude and the air. According to my itinerary we went around Leh, saw the beautiful monasteries. I liked the Thikse monastery the most; the architecture of the monastery was really credible. It is built on a hill and is very large.

However, the altitude did affect our staminas, we could not exert ourselves much, nor did we try. Other monasteries that we visited were the Shey monastery and Stok monastery. They were also exceptionally good to visit.

The market in Leh offer good stuff to buy. We bought woolen garments, small statues of Buddha and other good items of leather. The weather of Leh is really pleasant. My mom was so relieved from her day to day chaos and we felt really relaxed in Leh. I suggest any person who wants to travel for getting rid of routine tensions must choose Leh. A short trip can be really be a good stress buster.
Camel Safari in Leh - by Vardhan Kondvikar Dated : 2011-03-09
In my review I would like to recite my exciting experience of a camel safari in Leh. It is one of the most favored and enjoyed recreational activities that are offered by Leh others being mountain climbing, cycling and skiing.

The most appropriate season for a camel safari in Leh is from May to September. I was lucky enough to be in Leh in June. The season was still on. I was keen on exploring Leh sitting on the back of a camel and look around at the snow clad mountains.

During the favorable season, the weather is not only pleasant but also warm and exciting. I left my hotel along with my friend with a determined intension of taking a camel ride. The hotel staff guided us for it. And in no time we were at the place from where the ride was to start.

The safari makes you wander through pleasing plateaus and the lush beauty spread all around. In Ladakh you will not find camels like the camels of Rajasthan. Here the camels have two humps and are called as Bactrian camels. They are shorter in height and fatter than the normal camels. They have the capacity of carrying two adults at a time.

If you do not like to ride the camel for more time then you can choose short camel safaris, even that facility is available in Leh. I suggest that for a camel safari you must wear enough woolen outfits, comfortable shoes and must carry a first aid kit also.

I had lots of fun while I took the camel safari. It is worth a try.
Into the Thin Air of Leh - by Hashim Badani Dated : 2011-03-09
At the beginning of my review itself, I would like to advise anyone who wants to go to Ladakh that Leh is a great start and no need to think twice about going to this wonderful place.

Leh is an interesting settlement and very exciting location for mountain climbers. Those who love mountain climbing can go to Leh anytime in between May to October. You are bound to get optimum pleasure climbing ice clad mountains at this time in Leh. Cycling and skiing are other popular activities here. I tried my hand at skiing and was not that good but I enjoyed myself. The Zanskar and the Karakoram ranges are preferred for climbing.

Leh is a small town; just by roaming around I could appreciate its treasures, mostly the beautiful landscapes and the sky. Woolen garments and rare paintings drawn artistically are other good things about Leh. I shopped a good deal at Leh. However you must spare some cash for emergency as there not many ATMs in Leh.

It is known as a Buddhist pilgrim place due to the ancient Buddhist monasteries around Leh. I visited all the monasteries around Leh, Thikse, Stok and the Shey gompa have great architecture. The people of Leh are a bunch of silent people and are not very social but your hotel staff can surely help you arrange a tour to visit the monasteries. Hotels and food in Leh is not very bad.

The whole atmosphere is very calm and pleasant. To reach Leh you can take the road from Manali or a flight from Delhi. But it is likely that you may suffer from breathing problems as the air in Leh is thin. It is always good to take precautions. Since I was traveling with a friend who was well acquainted with Leh and the area around I did not face any serious problems. Do not exert yourself immediately after you reach Leh. if you take good precautions you can enjoy to the fullest in Leh.
Leh Good Times At Leh - by Kashish Chopra  Dated : 2011-03-07
I am so excited to write this review on Leh, it’s like getting to relive the time I had spent sightseeing in Leh. I spent quality time roaming around Leh, eating Leh food, shopping woolen merchandise and taking photographs. The people of Leh are not very social but do help you when you need. It was in June that I was in Leh, busy thinking how much the locals of Leh would be enjoying living here all year. The weather is just o fantastic!

I visited the Leh Palace; there you are not allowed to do photography with flash light. But I still enjoyed capturing it from the outside. It is a royal palace of the old world fashion. I could imagine how royally the King would have lived in there. There were rooms on the upper floor and stables and store rooms on the lower floors.

As my driver drove me through ice bordered roads that lead to the gompas, I could easily picture Kareena Kapoor dancing on these roads happily. I felt like being on a film shoot where in the midst of a ice bordered road the hero stylishly steps down his car. What an aura of the snow; crystal white and cold. I was so mesmerized. I visited the gompas, Thikse, Shey, Stok and Hemis one by one over a few days. I was so happy being in Leh. Everything in Leh is almost affordable.
Leh, Me and Magic Momen - by Namita Patel Dated : 2011-03-07
My first stop over in Ladakh was Leh. I am too tempted to tell how much I enjoyed being in Leh but I think my words will fall short for that. At first sight Leh looks like colorful, cute town. I felt like putting together a small house right beside all the mountainous houses in Leh. The sky was never so beautiful. Not a moment did I feel that there were no amusement parks, plush five star hotels or towering building here. I just didn’t miss the metropolitan life looking down the valley from a mountain cliff.

I had taken a flight from Delhi to reach Leh but I later came to understand that a road drive would have more interesting. Fellas if you want to go to Leh by road, you must first enquire about the highways being open. There was a little discomfort due to the high altitude but it didn’t bug me after a day. I felt like I always stayed on such high altitudes. I bought pashmina shawls for my friends back home; they were on a special shop list of mine, quite costly but total paisa wasool!
My hotel staff helped me to hire a car that took me around Leh. Leh palace was good to visit. This 17th century palace was home to the royal family. The driver was smart enough to tell me such add on information. I happily clicked photos outside the palace like it was mine. In the next few days, the driver took me to see the gompas around Leh. They didn’t interest me much but they have a beautiful architecture. Leh made my week enjoyable. Do not think twice about planning a trip to Leh.
Mera Pyara Leh - by Nisar Khan  Dated : 2011-03-07
My first stop over in Ladakh was Leh. I am too tempted to tell how much I enjoyed being in Leh but I think my words will fall short for that. At first sight Leh looks like colorful, cute town. I felt like putting together a small house right beside all the mountainous houses in Leh. The sky was never so beautiful. Not a moment did I feel that there were no amusement parks, plush five star hotels or towering building here. I just didn’t miss the metropolitan life looking down the valley from a mountain cliff.

I had taken a flight from Delhi to reach Leh but I later came to understand that a road drive would have more interesting. Fellas if you want to go to Leh by road, you must first enquire about the highways being open. There was a little discomfort due to the high altitude but it didn’t bug me after a day. I felt like I always stayed on such high altitudes. I bought pashmina shawls for my friends back home; they were on a special shop list of mine, quite costly but total paisa wasool!

My hotel staff helped me to hire a car that took me around Leh. Leh palace was good to visit. This 17th century palace was home to the royal family. The driver was smart enough to tell me such add on information. I happily clicked photos outside the palace like it was mine. In the next few days, the driver took me to see the gompas around Leh. They didn’t interest me much but they have a beautiful architecture. Leh made my week enjoyable. Do not think twice about planning a trip to Leh.
Leh- A Place That Gave Me Kodak Moments - by Harish Sen  Dated : 2011-03-07
Leh is a small yet captivating settlement. It has a very pleasant weather and is very affordable with respect to lodging and food. But it is always wise to plan your trip keeping in mind the high altitude sickness that can eat up at least two days of your trip.

When I first thought about visiting Leh I thought it would be very chilly out there, but I went there I found the weather just so pleasant and cheerful. Traveling alone gives you a lot of freedom but going to Leh in groups or with family is not a bad option either. Just the problem is if you take kids or elderly people along they may suffer due to the altitude sickness. Whatever, I was alone in this very beautiful place in Ladakh and I was enjoying every bit of it. I was staying at a resort, it was quite good and the people helped me planning my itinerary. I was keen to see the gompas that surrounded Leh, I had heard a lot about them.

The Stok gompa was really beautiful. I also visited the Thikse gompa and the Leh palace. To remember my trip and take something Lehish back home, I bought some sweet souvenirs; shawls and a small statue of Buddha. Things in Leh are quite affordable; the costs of food did not worry me at all. After experiencing the beauty of Leh I further went to see rest of Ladakh. Leh was a great start.
Leh, a pleasent city - by Amit Bansal Dated : 2011-03-04
As I looked across the mountain I could see small dots, colorful and placid moving upwards. I made out that it was a small herd of mountain goats making way further up. I was overwhelmed by the breathtaking views this place was offering me now and then. I smiled to myself and patted my wife’s back for convincing me to come to Leh.
Every year I take a good, long holiday and choosing destinations is always difficult as India has so much to explore. I and my wife are travel enthusiasts and we love travelling than rather standing at the doors of relatives. This time my wife suggested that we go to Leh but I was reluctant. In the end she got me convinced (I was more convinced after seeing beautiful pictures of the Tsokar Lake on the internet). We booked our flight tickets from Chennai to Delhi and decided to travel from Delhi to Leh by road. Since it was June we came to know it would be quite easy to go to Leh by road.
We hired a car from Delhi and left for Leh. I had a good itinerary in mind and I was going to force my wife to follow it. Peeping out of the window she smiled like never before and Leh had already charmed us for sure.
We were to first visit the Leh Palace according to my itinerary and I couldn’t hide my excitement as my wife had easily agreed to follow it (she rarely trusts my planning skills). Food was also quite good at our hotel. The Palace was indeed beautiful and I so much wanted to stay there myself. The upper floors were where the royal family must have resided. The lower floors had store rooms and stables. Sadly photography with flash is not allowed inside the Palace so I the photos which I clicked look so hazy and lifeless, but the memory remains fresh whatsoever.
Next our driver drove us to check out the Thikse monastery, just 19 kilometers away from Leh. The aura of the place really enchanted us both, the serenity is imposing. We also visited other monasteries in vicinity of Leh. I had the time of my life exploring Leh, it is beautiful and so is my wife. :)
Beautiful Leh - by Ramchandra Shukla  Dated : 2011-03-04
When I set foot in Leh I so much wanted to invite all my friends to see and experience the joy of staying at Leh. Leh is a beautiful town. People of Leh are very warm and help you whenever required. There are many ancient Buddhist gompas in Leh. The Leh Palace is also an interesting place to visit.

But I would like to caution travelers about money expenditures. I could find only one ATM around Leh. Also please have your medical kit ready as you may need it. High altitude sickness is a very common problem; headache, nausea and giddiness can be caused because of it. Please spare two days of your trip to get adjusted to the altitude. Hospitals in Leh are good if you get any health problems or breathing problems.

Better not mix shopping with sightseeing it can waste your time, locales in Leh are far more interesting than the market. Exploring Leh can be very interesting experience. Lodging and the food you get in Leh is good and very cheap. You can find many foreign tourists relishing on local dishes of Leh. The USP of Leh is its pleasant weather, however if you go during winters it is very hard to bear the intense cold weather.

I had a very good time in Leh and my personal experience about Leh is that you must visit Leh at least once in your life. You will never be disappointed. But make sure you charge up your energy before reaching Leh as it can tire you to a great extent. The experience of visiting Leh can be one of its kind for sure.
A Trip with Friends - by Milind More  Dated : 2011-03-04
What I liked most about Leh is its lovely, pleasant weather. But a good two days are gone in getting acclimatized to the high altitude so you must plan keeping this in mind. Sigh seeing, great weather, thrilling locales is what Leh can offer you.

Me and a whole lot of my friends made a plan to get to Leh. we had heard about adventurous road trips, when our hired taxi was moving like a goofy camel on the snow laden roads over the hilly terrain our hearts were in our mouths. But it was a thrilling experience. The weather was chilly but the cold was not biting our skins. A mad company of friends can always make trips memorable.

One of my friends was so mad that he got down every ten minutes for taking photographs; to him every little thing in Leh was beautiful. Indeed Leh is a beautiful town, no doubt. The lodging, sightseeing and food facilities in Leh are very affordable. The people are warm and help you out most of the times.

Spots we visited in Leh were the Leh Palace, Thikse gompa, Shey gompa and the Stok Gompa. We had fun exploring the Leh palace. The landscape of Leh is very interesting to photograph and we spent a good deal of time taking photos.
I really enjoyed my stay in Leh and we didn’t know when 8 days finished and we felt like staying there for some more days.
Leh - by Mahesh Jamkhedkar  Dated : 2011-02-11
Leh is a beautiful city. It is not only beautiful at a glance but also has a rich heritage. I had heard lot of praise about Leh as a tourist destination and I was keen on exploring myself. Leh is a small, sweet and engaging settlement and maximum people of Leh are Buddhists. There are many beautiful ancient monasteries in Leh that prove how influential Buddhism has been on Leh. The best season to visit Leh is around the beginning of June, the onset of summer in the northern India. I was completely bowled over by the natural beauty of Leh, the surrounding ice clad mountains and the lush green lands. Leh simply justifies the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is called Heaven on earth. My trip to Leh was superb.