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Leh Travel Guide: Places To Visit And Things To Do

 
  • Leh is a paradise on earth with its mesmerizing scenic beauty and is blessed with majestic snow laden Himalayan ranges, lush green landscape, sparkling blue waters and deep gorges.

    This is the place which makes you enter a whole new world where you can relax, rejuvenate and give a treat to your senses. It attracts millions of tourists not only from India but from the across the world because of its incomparable, breathtaking natural beauty.

    It  is serene, calm and an ideal place for spending your vacations away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Adventure enthusiasts will fall in love with Leh because it has some of 
    the best trekking trails on which one can have incredible trekking experience.

    Besides its magnificent beauty, it has a spiritual value because it houses some of the most royal ancient monasteries like Raisi fort, Royal palace, Phyang, Likir, Spituk and Thiksey.
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  • 02Places to visit - Leh

  • 03Pangong Lake

    Pangong Lake
    Image Credit : _paVan_- Flickr

    Pangong lake is one of the most popular places to visit in Leh and is located just 160 kilometers away from Ladakh. The drive to Pangong lake is an exciting experience offering scenic views. It is a beautiful lake with crystal blue waters blessed with pleasant weather throughout the year.

    Enjoy the solitude near the placid waters of this magnificent lake and take out your cameras to capture the picturesque view of this wonderful place. Black necked Siberian can be spotted near the Mahe marshes, the only breeding place for these rare migratory birds.

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  • 04Magnetic Hill

    Magnetic Hill
    Image Credit : Rohit Ganda- flickr
    One of the places to visit in Leh is the Gravity hill having strong magnetic properties which can pull cars uphill and make Aircrafts go higher in terms of altitude so that they could bypass magnetic interference. Due to this amazing effect, millions of people from all over the world are attracted towards this place.
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  • 05Nubra Valley

    Nubra Valley
    Image Credit : Chinchu2- Flickr

    Trekking on the rocky, colossal trails of this valley is a truly exciting experience as it is situated near the banks of the pure nubra river.

    The valley is named as “the valley of flowers” and it has some of the most beautiful, vibrant and colourful flowers set amidst lush green landscape. This place is popular because of its serene and tranquil ambience.

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  • 06Tso Moriri Lake

    Tso Moriri Lake
    Image Credit : Prabhi B Doss- Flickr
    Drive to the beautiful Tsomoriri lake from Leh taking around 6-7 hours is a thrilling and adventurous experience as the last 60 Kilometer journey is on rugged paths. It is beautifully placed in the secluded Rupshu valley.
  • 07Lamayuru Trek

    Lamayuru Trek
    Image Credit : Martin Sojka- Flickr

    It is the most ancient, royal and interesting located at a distance of 125 kilometers from leh. It is picturesquely enveloped by the rugged, dusty mountains and is beautifully carved out of the badland area.

    It comes in your way when you move towards Kargil from Leh. Drive on the road towards Lamayuru is an excellent way to explore the scenic snow capped mountains of the region. Tso Moriri is one of the must see places to visit in Leh.

  • 08Diskit Gompa

    Diskit Gompa
    Image Credit : Pradeep Kumbashi- Flickr
    It is the most ancient and largest gompa located near the Nubra valley. The golden Buddha statue which is 32 meters tall is worth seeing. It is located 120 kilometers away from Leh.
  • 09Shanti Stupa

    Shanti Stupa
    Image Credit : Chinchu2- Flickr
    It is a white domed sacred shrine situated on a hammock in Leh. It is indeed a masterpiece of royal, ancient beauty. The astonishing Buddha statues, holy books and holy relics are sealed here for future generations. It was built as a monument to celebrate 2500 years of Buddhism.
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  • 10Shey Monastery

    Shey Monastery
    Shey monastery is famous because of the magnificent metal statue of Buddha and one of the places to visit in leh , the second largest statue in Ladakh. It is located 15 kilometers south of Leh. It was built in the year 1655 by Ladakh’s king Deldan Namgyal. The royal kings of Ladakh used to stay here during summers.
  • 11Kargil

    Kargil
    Image Credit : Rajesh- Flickr
    The Ladakh district lies near LOC having Kashmir valley towards south and Gilgit-baltistan towards west. It is situated 234 kilometers west of Leh. It is a perfect place for camping at night before moving forward your journey to explore other attractive places around Leh.
  • 12Khardungla Pass

    Image Credit : Elroy Serrao- Flickr
    Situated at an altitude of 5359 meters, it is the second highest motorable pass in the district of Leh. The drive from Leh towards this pass is a fun-filled experience yet scenic experience. The word Khardungla signifies the “pass of lower castle”. The above ten were some of the best places to visit in Leh.
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  • 13A Visit to Ancient Monasteries

    A Visit to Ancient Monasteries
    Image Credit : Stefen Huebert- Flickr
    The monasteries talk about the rich culture and history of Ladakh. Some of the most beautiful statues of  Lord Buddha are present here. The Gompas are a sacred place for the Buddhists and are worth visiting.
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  • 14Visit to Drass Valley

    Visit to Drass Valley
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    Popularly called as the “Gateway of Ladakh”, it is the second coldest destination around the world that is inhabited.  Keep your sweaters, gloves and jackets ready before you visit this beautiful chilling place.
  • 15Festivals of Leh

    Festivals of Leh
    Image Credit : Rajkumar1220
    Ladakh is a land of several vibrant and colourful festivals celebrated by the monks and local people. The native people celebrate these festivals as per the Buddhist calendar. In order to explore the rich culture of this place, you must participate in the Hemis festival and Ladakh festival.


    1) Hemis Festival: This festival is celebrated to honour the birth of the guru Padmasambhava, the founder of tantric Buddhism in Tibet. This festival is celebrated annually in the month of June or July.

    2) Losar Festival: It is celebrated in the 11th month as per Tibetan calendar which is 2 months ahead of New year.

    3) Ladakh Festival: Held during the initial weeks of September, It is a unique and a colourful festival which includes stunning ceremonial costumes and amazing mask dances paraded by troupes along the lanes of Leh.

  • 16Shopping at Leh

    Shopping at Leh
    Image Credit : Greg Willis

    Visiting the local market of Leh is an excellent way of interacting with the locals and learning about their tradition and customs. Besides, a visit to the local market allows you to purchase unique items such as semi precious stones, pearls, tribal jewellery, organic products and local handicrafts.

    1) Pashmina Shawls

    Every woman would love to add the graceful, beautiful and fine pashmina shawl to her wardrobe. It is made up of cashmere wool which comes from pashmina or changthangi goat. The pashmina goat can be spotted in the high altitudes of Himalayan ranges.

    2) Prayer Wheels

    It is a spiritual item which consists of a cylindrical wheel mounted on a spindle made up of coarse cotton, Leather, stone, wood and metal.

    3) Buddhist Relics

    It is believed that these relics that are original parts of lord Buddha’s body still exist which includes the much talked about sacred relic of his tooth.

  • 17Adventure Activities - Leh

  • 18Go on a Jeep Safari

    Go on a Jeep Safari
    An enthralling jeep safari on the scenic landscape of Ladakh is absolutely fun and exciting. If you have to travel several miles, then the best way is to hire a Jeep which will make your journey relaxing and comfortable.
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  • 19Cycling

    Cycling
    Image Credit : Henrick Johansson- Flickr
    Cycling on the rocky trails of this beautiful place is a unique experience which you will remember throughout your life. Thrillophilia has organized a number of cycling tours in this region which takes cyclists along scenic paths.
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  • 20Motor Biking

    Image Credit : Prabhu B Doss
    Hire a bike and hit the road of Leh and explore the surrounding regions. Riding around this region is a truly hair raising experience.
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  • 21Trekking

    Trekking
    Image Credit : Karunakar Rayker- Flickr
    Talking about adventure activities in Leh ladakh, you can’t afford to miss trekking on the rocky and arduous slopes of the Himalayan ranges enclosed by thick dense forests and lush green landscapes. Thrillophilia organizes a number of treks in Leh from June to February every year. This is one of the things to do in leh , that would make your trip a splendid one.
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  • 22Go on a Camel Safari

    Camel safari is a great way of traversing the colossal valleys of Ladakh wrapped up in the lap of nature surrounded by the magnificent hills and green landscape, this should be included in list of things to do in Leh.
  • 23Go Mountain Climbing

    Go Mountain Climbing
    Image Credit : Chandramohan B V- Flickr
    Something to be included in things to do in Leh list is mountain climbing. Leh and the surrounding regions in Ladakh is a haven for mountain climbers with its unique charm and natural beauty. Hiring a local guide or sherpa is highly recommended before venturing out to conquer the mountains.
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  • 24Ice Skiing

    Enjoy Ice Skiing on the high and long snowy slopes of the Himalayan mountain ranges and make your vacations truly memorable.
  • 25Paragliding

    Paragliding
    Image Credit : Kiwi Wings
    Fall free with the cool breeze blowing across your hair, experience the view of the clear sky, the snow capped peaks and the huge green landscape adorned by rivers. This region offers some of the best views for those thinking of paragliding in Leh. 

    Paragliding shows you the best of beautiful Leh, hence including this in your things to do in Leh becomes inevitable.
  • 26Stok Kangri Trek in Leh

    Stok Kangri Trek in Leh
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    About the Activity:
    • The Stok Kangiri is the highest mountain range of the Himalayas in the Ladhak region, making this a very popular and challenging trek. 
    • Your trek starts with your arrival from Delhi to Leh.
    • Spend some time and acclimatize yourself with the exquisiteness and the cold weather.
    • Start your trek to Stok, the whole path to the Stok Village is full of natural grandeur and flourishing green trees.
    • Reach Chang Ma, from where you head over to the Base Camp.
    • This destination of your base camp is blessed with lush greenery and numerous water bodies, your expert guide will train you and prepare you for your trek to Stok Kangri.
    • Trek for around 9-10 hours and reach the summit of Stok Kangri from where you can view the Karakoram Range to your north and Zanskar Range to your south.
    • Travel back to the base camp and then depart back to Leh. 
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  • 28Manali To Leh Jeep Expedition

    Manali To Leh Jeep Expedition
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    About the Activity: 

    From the pleasantly hospitable town of Manali, the Manali to Leh Jeep expedition  takes you on a roller coaster drive through distinct geographies portraying diverse geographies. From hill town to high altitude arid desert, this safari is one mega experience.

    The Manali to Leh by road traverses over five high altitude Himalayan passes such as Rohtang (3,978m), Keylong (3,350m), and Tanglang La (17,585ft) showcasing an ever changing dynamic landscape that alters from barren lands to lush green pastures. A drive through Skyangchu Thang, the biggest and highest plateau on earth on a stretch of 42kms leaves you breathless. For you to capture moments like these, the safari also includes a brief photography workshop to help arrest high altitude frames with more panache.

    By the end of the journey multi-hued prayer flags, Tibetian chortens, and friendly locals would be etched in your memories for a very long time to come.   

  • 29Bike Tour from Manali to Leh

    Bike Tour from Manali to Leh
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    About the Activity:
    • Take the toughest roads of Leh in a 12D/11 N long bike ride trip around Leh, the most beautiful valley in northern India.
    • Catch a Volvo bus from Delhi, travel overnight to reach Manali the next morning, get a short drive around Manali.
    • Make your trip exciting with a ride to cross Rohtang pass, then visit Keylong and Jispa; and the next day, cross another pass, the Baralacha pass before you reach Sarchu.
    • Roam around Leh, visit many local places and attractions to have  beautiful sightseeing day in between.
    • Pangong lake makes the trip more enjoyable because the view of the lake amidst the greenery is something very charming and exhilarating.
    • Take a ride to see Tsomoriri lake too after riding for 8 hours which is located in the Indus Valley of Ladakh and also visit Sarch before you get back to Manali.
    • Board an overnight Volvo bus to reach Delhi the next morning and your awesome trip ends there.
  • 30Bike Trip from Leh to Leh

    Bike Trip from Leh to Leh
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    About the Activity:
    • Leh, situated at 3500 m from sea level, is a place of absolute marvel.
    • Located in the upper Himalayas, this quaint district offers incredible sights and scenery.
    • This bike trip of 7 days is a chance to experience the uniqueness of Leh and the Indo-Tibetan culture that exists in perfect harmony there.
    • The trip covers areas like Pangong lake, Khardong-La and Nubra along with Leh.
    • Get ready for the adventure ride of a lifetime as you explore the town that once was a major commercial spot on the silk route during this 7 day trip. 
  • 31Bike Tour to Leh and Srinagar from Delhi

    Bike Tour to Leh and Srinagar from Delhi
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    About the Activity:
    • Prepare for a 12D/11N bike trip in Leh and Srinagar, if you are really a enthusiast about travelling, try to partake in this trip.
    • Start your trip from Delhi after boarding an overnight Volvo bus to Manali, after reahing Manali, enjoy a local ride over there.
    • Ride to Jispa, enjoy an overnight stay there after exploring Jispa for sometime, visit Barlacha Pass prior to reaching Sarchu.
    • Gear up your bike to meet the enchanting beauty of Pangong lake by car or bike as per your wish and while you return to Leh, get a chance to visit Thiksey monastery.
    • Also, visit the Khardong La and Nubra by car or bike, get back to Leh for a local exploration and an overnight stay.
    • From Leh, speed up your bikes to reach Lamayuru and then finally you will reach Kargil, visit Zozila pass before your go ahead to reach Srinagar and on the final day depart from Srinagar and you tour ends.
  • 32Jeep Safari and Photo Tour from Srinagar to Leh-ladakh

    Jeep Safari and Photo Tour from Srinagar to Leh-ladakh
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    About the Activity:
    • Embark on this amazing jeep safari tour of Leh and its surrounding region.
    • Start your journey by arriving in Srinagar.
    • Explore Srinagar and its surrounding locations and get acclimatized. 
    • Next day, start your jeep safari  towards Leh via Sonmarg, Zojila Pass, Drass War Memorial, Kargil, and Mulbek Buddha.
    • After reaching Leh, explore the beautiful town and some of its most beautiful locations.
    • Continue your journey from Leh to Nubra Valley via the Khardung La pass, which is the highest motorable pass in the world.
    • Visit the Pangong lake and get a chance to stay in the camp near the lake.
    • End your amazing trip by heading back to Srinagar from Leh.
  • 33Manali to Leh Cycling Trip

    Manali to Leh Cycling Trip
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    About the Activity: 
    • Explore the breathtaking Himalayas atop two wheels on this enthralling cycling trip across Manali and Leh.
    • Start your trip from Manali and make your way across 5 passes with a maximum altitude of Khardung La (5602 mts).
    • Pass by Rohtang Pass, Bara Lachha La, Naki La & Lachu lung La and many more. 
    • Cycle through loopy passes, high altitude peaks, cold deserts and breathtaking snow filled landscapes. 
    • Conclude your 11 day tour by arriving at your stunning destination of Leh.

  • 34Manali To Leh Cycling Tour 2016

    Manali To Leh Cycling Tour 2016
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    About the Destination:

    Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La, the world’ second highest motorable pass standing at 5280m before entering Manali. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.

    In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude  crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m). 

    Temperature: Around 25 degrees (Day) to 10 degrees (Night)

    Max Alt: 5328m (Tanglang La)

  • 35Motorcycle Ride from Leh to Manali

    Motorcycle Ride from Leh to Manali
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    About the Activity:
    Fixed Departures: 18th June 2016, 16th July 2016, 13th August 2016
    • Use the opportunity to take a Royal Enfield ride to have a view of the most beautiful valleys in Leh and Manali and the trip will take eight days and seven nights.
    • After arriving in Leh, you can get familiarized with the climate and get to know about the places. On the second day have some practicing rides on the bullet and prepare for the long riding session.
    • From Leh ride to Pangong Tso lake, feel the beauty of the lake where you can relax for an overnight stay.
    • Ride for few kilometers along the Pangong lake, have a glance of the nature's possessions and come back to Thiksey, take rest and get prepared for the highway ride next day.
    • On your ride to Sarchu from Thiksey, you come to have halts at Taglang La, Lachlung La and Nakee La.
    • Enjoy the sight of Baralach La at 16500 feet altitude on your way to reach Keylong and on the last day you will reach Manali where your tour ends by the evening.