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Leh is a dream destination for many travellers in India and even for those who are visiting from overseas. It is not just a destination for solo travelers but has so much to offer to young travellers, families and couples alike. Leh is famous for its high altitudes and numerous passes connecting various locations in this difficult terrain. To explore the best tourist places in Leh, one must visit this frozen paradise to explore its secrets and admire its breath-taking beauty.

Despite its harsh weather and inaccessibility, it remains a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world. But make sure you are physically fit to endure the harsh weather and difficult terrains of Leh. You must be wondering why visit this place is perfect when the terrain is difficult to navigate. Well, you must visit this place because not only is it a pocket-friendly tourist destination, (provided you book in advance), it is sparsely crowded even during peak season and the local hosts are committed to ensuring you to have a terrific experience

Leh is a dream destination for many travellers and the holy grail for the adventure enthusiasts. If you are a photography enthusiast then Leh is the paradise you have been waiting for all your life. There isn’t much to offers in terms of nature or wildlife photography, but what you can capture instead is a vast empty canvas that you can paint.

The landscape here is unlike anywhere in India and worldwide and so much of it is still undiscovered and undocumented. In addition to the mesmerizing landscape, there are many turquoise blue lakes, beautifully constructed monasteries, snow-covered mountains and unimaginable sights that change every few kilometres. It’s safe, economical and you can travel here by yourself, or with your friends, families and even that someone special. Explore tourist places in Leh with the best Leh tour packages which will leave you mesmerized by its beauty.

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Pangong Lake

The Pangong Lake or the Pangong Tso is one of the highest altitude lakes in the world and is famed for its colour changing water, from blue to red and green. From camping to lakeside bonfire, a wide variety of activities can be enjoyed here. During the winter months, the lake can be seen completely frozen, which is a delightful sight in itself.

Nubra Valley

Nestled in the northern part of Ladakh, Nubra Valley offers a stunning blend of deserts, rivers, and snow-capped mountains. Famous for its Bactrian camels and scenic vistas, the valley is accessible via the thrilling Khardung La Pass. Home to remote villages, ancient monasteries, and the enchanting Shyok River, it offers a serene escape for travelers, Nubra Valley has everything that an explorer seeks and is among the most famous places to visit with our Le Ladakh packages. Being a high-altitude destination, you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of this remote Himalayan region.

Leh Palace

A nine storey high building that displays the influence of Potala Palace in Lhasa is the famed Royal Leh Palace. It stands with its head high on a cliff top overlooking the ravishing Leh town. Leh Palace has now been converted into a museum which features ancient paintings and relics of Buddha along with cutlery used by the Royal family.

Chadar Trek

With the word Chadar meaning a blanket, the Chadar Trek depicts a trail over the frozen Zanskar River, on which people travel for several kilometers to reach the final destination. Unlike other trekking expeditions in India, this one does not require you to pass through forests or rock formations, but instead lets you walk over frozen water, which once was a gushing river. 

Hemis Monastery

Nestled within the scenic landscapes of Ladakh and the shore of the Indus River, Hemis Monastery stands as a symbol of spiritual devotion and fine architecture. Founded in the 11th century by King Senge Nampar Gyalva, this ancient monastery is known as one of the largest and wealthiest monastic institutions in the region. Currently, the monastery is serving as a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism, attracting pilgrims, scholars, and tourists. Here, young Lamas are prepared to enter the royal monasteries of Shey, Leh, and Basgo, all of which can be experience with our well-curated Leh Ladakh holiday packages.

Leh Post Office

Situated at a lofty altitude of 3500 meters above sea level, Leh Post Office stands as one of India's highest. Operating seamlessly amidst unpredictable weather conditions and challenging roadways, it remains a testament to efficiency. Part of the Jammu and Kashmir circle, under the jurisdiction of Srinagar headquarters region and Leh division, this post office is a remarkable feat of resilience. Explore this unique destination with Ladakh holiday packages

Leh FAQ's

What is Leh famous for?

The northernmost region of India, Leh is a very popular tourist destination. Other than its frosty mountains and climate, Leh is famous for various things. They are as follows:

Monasteries - Leh is the house of Buddhism in India and it is home to many beautiful Buddist monasteries. Among the various Monasteries, Spitul Gompa is the most famous monastery.

Valley - With the world-famous Zanskar valley which neighbours the Pakistani Kashmir and the Nubra Valley which is famous for its white-flat ground, the various valleys of Leh are very popular.

Bike Riding - The highest motorable pass in the world is located in this region. Leh houses some of the finest roads for a bike trip. The snow-clad Himalayas mark the perfect route for a bike trip.

Lakes and Camping - Camping beside the Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso lake is one of the best experiences in Leh. With stars and above and the shining water of the lakes, this would be a once in a lifetime experience

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When is the best time to visit Leh?

Given its harsh weather, the best time to visit Leh is during summers most specifically from April to June. The temperature during these months is moderate.

  • Summer (April-June): Leh is relatively warm during this time and the weather is comfortable for travel.
  • Monsoon (July-August): Monsoon descends on Leh from July-August. Landslides and cloudburst are common during this time.
  • Winter: (September-February): Winter starts around September, but the time from November to February is particularly unbearable in Leh.

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Is it safe to visit Leh?

Yes, Leh is safe to visit. Taking into consideration the various climate conditions and abrupt climate changes, it is advisable to plan your trip in advance.

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How to reach Leh?

Leh can be accessed by Air, Road, Bus and Train

Air: Flights to Leh can be booked year round, even in Winters. The Leh Airport is not a private airport but rather a military one. So, the security checks are stricter that you are used to. Make sure you have all your travel document ready before you reach the airport. Once you exit the airport, you can hire a private cab that will take you to your hotel.

Bus: There are direct buses to Leh from Jammu and Kashmir and Manali. If you are planning on taking a bus, be sure to prepare for a bumpy and adventurous ride. If you are starting from Delhi, the journey will take 4 whole days and is suffice to a will become a journey of a lifetime.

Train: The railway station closest to Leh are Pathankot and Chandigarh. Even if you take a train to either of these cities, Leh is still a 3-day ride away. This is the least preferred route by travellers to Leh.

Road/Self Drive: For most travellers and adventure seekers, a road trip to Leh is the most preferred option to travel to this beautiful and breath-taking location. Although a bike road trip is often the most common choice amongst travellers, many even opt for SUV’s for a more comfortable road trip. But the ultimate adventure seekers have known to bike this rugged terrain.  There are two accessible roads to Leh, a lower road from Jammu and Kashmir and the higher road from Rohtang La via Keylong and Sarchu.

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Is there any oxygen problem in Leh?

The parts and regions of Leh which are located above the height of 10,000 feet can have oxygen problems as acclimatization can be really difficult. The continuous flow of cold winds and frequent blizzards can cause problems like dizziness, headaches, AMS (acute mountain sickness) or even vomiting. Although the main parts of Leh do not have any oxygen problems, the higher regions are frequently met with oxygen issues. 

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Which are the best places to visit in Leh?

There is an endless list of places to visit in Leh and really shortlisting the Top 10 is an impossible task. So here is a list of all the places worth visiting in Leh. Remember that Leh is not a location you travel to frequently so try and cover most if not all.

  • Pangong Lake
  • Shanti Stupa
  • Tso Moriri Lake
  • Leh Palace
  • Khardung La Pass
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Nubra Valley
  • Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
  • Spituk Monastery
  • Hall of Fame Museum
  • Chantang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tso Kar Lake
  • Stok Palace
  • Zanskar Valley
  • Nyoma
  • Phutkal Monastery, Zanskar
  • Chemrey Monastery
  • Diskit Monastery, Lachung Temple and Hundur Monastery
  • Dah Hanu
  • Alchi
  • Kargil
  • Likir Monastery
  • Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary, Hemis
  • Hemis Monastery
  • Panamik Village, Nubra Valley
  • Sanskar Gompa
  • Yarab Tso, Sumur
  • Lamayuru Town
  • Moonland, Lamayuru
  • Maitreya Buddha, Nubra Valley
  • Samstanling Monastery, Nubra Valley
  • Wanla Gompa, Lamayuru
  • Lamayuru Monastery, Lamayuru
  • Gotsang Gompa, Hemis
  • Stakna Gompa, Hemis
  • Shang Gompa, Hemis

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What clothes to wear in Leh?

The climate in Leh is cold all-around the year as the average temperature ranges between 1-degree Celcius to 16-degree Celsius. It is advisable to wear full-sleeve clothes mainly made up of wool. Also, thermals are a compulsory item to wear. This list sums up your clothing in Leh

  • Lost and comfortable trousers

  • Therma undergarments

  • SweatShirts/Fleece/Warm Shirt

  • Caps, Muffler and other items to cover nose and ears. 

  • Rough and tough shoes

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What are the things to do in Leh?

Leh is a dream destination for thrill seekers, but there are many activities for someone looking to connect with the divine and soak up the rich culture of this magnificent place.

Here is a list of some of the best activities to do in Leh

Are rented bikes allowed in Leh?

Yes, rented bikes from outside of Leh are allowed in Leh. Also, private bikes are allowed in Leh. Only in the Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso, you cannot take a bike rented from outside Leh. In those areas, only rented bikes from Leh are allowed. 

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Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Leh?

Here is a list of the best places to eat in Leh. Each restaurant serves up local delicacies among other food items.

  •   Bon Appetit
  •   Food Planet
  •   Wonderland Restaurant and Coffee Shop
  •   Ladakh Café
  •   Tibetan Kitchen
  •   G-Kitchen
  •   Lehchen 
  •   Penguin Garden
  •   Bob’s Café
  •   Gesmo
  •   Gohil’s Restaurant
  •   II Forno
  •   Café Jeevan
  •   Hidden North Café
  •   Neha Snacks
  •   Chopsticks
  •   Ladakhi Food
  •   Bakery Shacks
  •   Amigo
  •   KH Restaurant
  •   Spituk Gompa Canteen
  •   Little Café

Is Leh and Ladakh the same?

No, Leh and Ladakh are not the same. Leh is the capital and a part of the larger Ladakh region. Leh is located in the Union Territory of Ladakh.

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Which are some best resorts to stay in Leh?

Here is our carefully compiled list of resorts in Leh. The offer luxurious stay at competitive prices and offer the ultimate Leh experience. You trip to Leh is incomplete without a stay at these outstanding resorts.

  • The Zen Ladakh
  • Ladakh Sarai Resort
  • Qik Stay @ Royal Palace Leh
  • Saser Camp
  • The Last Resort – Ladakh
  • Shey Bhumi, Leh
  • Saboo Resorts
  • Tsokar Eco Resort and Restaurant
  • Hotel Shambhala
  • Fana Resort

Can we smoke in Ladakh?

Yes, you can smoke in Ladakh. You can smoke in the public places in Leh as it is allowed to smoke in Leh. Although, it is not allowed to smoke or carry cigarettes in the Nubra Valley.

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How much does a trip to Leh cost?

An average trip to Leh costs around Rs. 12,000 to Rs.18,000 for a 3-day trip. Although the costs can change if you plan to visit nearby places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri by another Rs. 2000 to Rs. 4000.
Accommodation in Leh is comparatively cheap and most of your expense would be in travelling.

Which are the best places for shopping in Leh?

In addition to buying unique handicrafts in Leh, you can also stock up on some amazing winter wear made using the best local wool. And if you are in the mood to splurge a little you can even buy the famous Pashminas here.

Here is a list of some the famous shopping places in Leh.

  • Ladakh Art Palace
  • Tibetan Handicraft Emporium
  • Ladakh Environment and Health Organization
  • Tibetan Handicraft Community Showroom
  • Cottage Industries Exposition
  • Ecology Centre
  • Women’s Alliance
  • Tibetan Market
  • Moti Market

Can we visit Leh Ladakh in May?

Yes, you can visit Leh Ladakh in May as mid-April and May marks the tourist season in the region. As the weather gets clearer, the region gets more sunny days than ever. The Srinagar-Leh highway also becomes operational during the month of May. Also, you can experience snow in the higher regions of Leh Ladakh without any problems. 

The interior roads from Leh that lead to Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso are also open and operational during the month of May. Hence, you can completely enjoy your Leh Ladakh trip and visit all the tourist places in May.

Do we need any permit to visit Leh?

Yes, you will need a permit to visit some of the protected regions of Leh Ladakh like Khardung La, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Dah, Hanu Villages, Nubra Valley, Man, Merak, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Chushul, Hanle, Digger La, Tangyar. You will not need a permit to visit other places in Leh. 

The permit which you will need is called an ILP or Inner Line Permit. The validity of an ILP is 2 weeks for Indians and 4 days for International visitors. 

ILP costs around Rs. 400 (environmental fee) and an additional Rs. 20 per day as the IL fee.

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I am visiting Leh for the first time how should I prepare myself?

A solo trip to Leh can be thrilling but it’s important to plan everything possible but remember to leave wiggle room because your plans can change once you arrive in Leh.

  • It is important to confirm and book a few things especially with regards to transportation and accommodation.
  • Make sure you have enough money in different forms such as cash, cards, travellers cheque etc. This way if you lose your belongings or god forbid are robbed, you will have access to resources.
  • Don’t forget to  carry extra batteries and power banks as you may go days without access to charging points especially if you're camping and tracking.
  • Plan the essentials and don’t worry too much about the day to day activity. There is a lot you will learn and discover once you reach Leh. So, make sure there is wiggle room in your travel plans.
  • Make sure you travel during high season i.e. June to September. This way you will ensure your safety among other traveller and you may even meet other solo travellers.
  • Make sure you have a taxi budget if you are planning on using private cabs to get around. Private Cabs are very expensive and travelling alone, that can be a huge expense.
  • Keep sharing your location and plans with friend and family so they can contact or locate you in case of an emergency.
  • Don’t pack too much, travel as light as possible.
  • Carry at least two proofs of identifications.

Which places are good for a bike trip In Leh?

You most likely will start your bike trip to Leh from Delhi, Manali or Srinagar. But once in Leh these are the places ideal for a bike ride.

  • Nubra Valley
  • Pangong Tso Lake
  • Karu
  • Sarchu

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Which are the famous monasteries in Leh?

There are numerous monasteries in Leh and its hard to pick the best ones. It won’t be possible for you to visit them all, so, here’s a list of the 10 most spectacular monasteries in Leh.

  • Hemis Monastery
  • Thiksey Monastery
  • Diskit Monastery
  • Likir Monastery
  • Spituk Monastery
  • Stakna Monastery
  • Alchi Monastery
  • Phyang Monastery
  • Takthok Monastery
  • Sumda Chun Monastery

What are some must carry things to keep in mind while travelling to Leh?

Here is a list of essentials to carry on your trip to Leh.

  • Hat/Cap
  • Sun-Screens
  • Stole/something to protect you from the dust
  • Warn Jackets
  • Inner thermal suits
  • Heavy woollens
  • Sun glasses
  • Water bottle
  • Medicines
  • Lip Balm
  • Moisturizer as your skin can become very dry
  • 2 proofs of identification

Where is Pangong Lake Located in Leh? And how can I reach there?

Pangong lake is located at a height of 4,250 meters in the barren land of Ladakh, it is 160 Km from Leh.The lake is a 5-hour drive from Leh. You will pass two villages names Shey and Gya and the Changla pass on your way to the lake.

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Where is Zanskar river located? What is special about it?

The Zanskar river is a tributary of the ancient river Indus. The river lies in Zanskar which is a tehsil of the Kargil District. The river is a popular tourist spot for rafting.

Where is Nubra valley located? And how can I reach there?

Nubra valley is located 150 Km north of Leh. The valley can be accessed from the Khardung La Pass. Alternatively you can access the valley from Wari La Pass in Sakti, which is located east of the Khardung La Pass. The third access point connects the valley from Pangong Tso lake vial the villages of Shyok and Durbuk.

Where is Khardung La located and Why is it so famous?

Khardung La is located at a distance of 39 km from Leh. Khardung La is pass that connects Leh to Shyok and Nubra Valley. It is famous as it acts a gateway between Leh and these locations. Historically, the route lies on a major Caravan route from Kashgar in Central Asia to Leh.

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Which are the best locations for camping in Leh?

Camping is a popular tourist activity in Leh. Following are the best places to go camping in Leh.

  • Diskit in the Nubra Valley
  • Pangong Lake
  • Thiksey
  • Tsermang

Where can I experience a Yak safari in Leh?

There are several places in Leh that offers the yak safari. There are many tour operators that organize these safari tours. Make sure you book in advance as this is an extremely popular tourist activity.

What are some famous festivals of Leh?

There are many cultural festivals in Leh. Here’s a list with dates. So next time you plan a trip to Leh, you can do so keeping in mind the dates of the festivals.

  • Deskit Gustor Festival: 17th October to 18th October
  • Thiksey Gustor Festival: 6th November to 7th November
  • Chemday Wangchok Festival, Padum: 16th November to 17th
  • Galdan Namchot Festival: 12th December
  • Losar Festival: 19th December
  • Yargon Tungshak Festival: 19th February to 20th February
  • Matho Nagrang Festival: 1st March to 2nd March
  • Saka Dawa Festival: 29th May
  • Yuru Kabgyat Festival: 12th June to 12th June
  • Sindhu Darshan: 12th June to 14th June
  • Hemis Festival: 23rd June to 24th June
  • Stongday Gustor Festival: 1st July to 2nd July
  • Karsha Gustor Festival: 11th July to 12th July

Leh Reviews

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Reviewed: 08 Jul 2023
Hi, The experience overall was wonderful. Had a fun time and returned home with a lot of memories to cherish for life. The hotels, food and driver(Ali) were pretty good.
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Reviewed: 26 Apr 2023
I had a great experience and enjoyed the trip
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Reviewed: 06 Aug 2022
Best solo travelling experience ever ❤️
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Reviewed: 26 Jun 2022
When it comes to experiencing adventure, nothing can beat the rough trails and the magnificent landscapes of Leh Ladakh. This is a paradise for every adventure junkie who wants to conquer the heights of the Khardung La Pass or just escape from the hustle-bustle of the city life.
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Reviewed: 29 Aug 2023
Excellent job done by Thrillophilia team for our dream destination Thanks to team Thrillophilia
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