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LehIndia

Delight in a range of outdoor pursuits in the mountains, explore Buddhist monasteries and visit a former royal residence in this Himalayan town.

Hillside monasteries, beautiful temples, an ancient palace and snow-capped mountains; Leh is a place of outdoor adventures and historical and cultural wonders. This captivating town is the former capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh and is located high up in the Himalayas. Spend days trekking through mountains and valleys, tour temples and historical sites and go on a spiritual retreat.

Stroll through the meandering alleys of the old town, past mud brick homes, stupas, Buddhist temples and mosques. Visit the magnificent nine-story Leh Palace, a former royal palace that overlooks the town and dates back to the middle of the 16th century. Glean insights into the region's royal heritage at the Stok Palace Museum. Browse regal costumes, royal seals, coins and other artifacts related to the old monarchy. There is also a collection of weaponry that includes bows, arrows, swords and shields.

Embark on a spiritual retreat amid the picturesque surroundings of the Mahabodhi Sambodhi Retreat Center and try meditation at the Mahabodhi International Meditation Center.

Take advantage of Leh's awesome mountainous scenery for a range of exciting outdoor adventures. Enjoy short or several day-long treks through the mountains, stopping by isolated villages and Buddhist monasteries. Spot local wildlife during your hikes, such as gazelles, yaks and snow leopards. Go rafting on the Indus River and its tributaries and mountain bike through the Ladakh region. If you are into rock climbing, scale Stok Kangri massif in the Zanskar Range, the closest climbing area to the Himalayan town.

To get to Leh, take an internal flight from New Delhi, approximately 772 miles (1,243 kilometers) away. Alternatively, you can travel the long distance by road. Most tourists come from June to September because of the extreme cold during the long winter.

Due to Leh's high altitude, give yourself time to acclimate before touring ancient buildings or doing any energetic outdoor activities in the rugged landscape.

Top hotels in Leh

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
TIH P3 Camp - Pangong
TIH P3 Camp - Pangong
3 out of 5
Near 3 idiot shooting point, Pangong Lake, Spangmik, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir
Rs3,500
per night
4 May-5 May

Situated in Leh, this bed & breakfast is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Pangong Tso and 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from Pangong Tso.

TIH P3 Camp - Pangong
TIH Goodluck Camps and Guest House
TIH Goodluck Camps and Guest House
3 out of 5
Spangmik Village, Pangong Lake, Leh Ladakh, Leh
Rs2,700
per night
4 May-5 May

Situated in Leh, this tentalow is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Pangong Tso and 5.3 mi (8.6 km) from Pangong Tso.

TIH Goodluck Camps and Guest House
The Grand Dragon Ladakh
The Grand Dragon Ladakh
4 out of 5
Old Road Sheynam Leh, Union Territory of Ladakh, Leh, Leh

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Jama Masjid - Leh and Leh Temple. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa and Sankar Gompa are also within 2 miles ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (38 reviews)

"Our flight was cancelled and the staff assisted in reorganizing our flights assisting with translating and organised a beautiful night around a bonfire. Staff here are friendly and very helpful. Would definitely recommend"…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2019

The Grand Dragon Ladakh

Popular things to do in Leh

Pangong Tso
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Pangong Tso

Explore the great outdoors at Pangong Tso, a lovely green space in Leh. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the temples while you're in the area.

Thiksey Monastery
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Thiksey Monastery

Enjoy an outing to Thiksey Monastery during your stay in Leh. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the temples while you're in the area.

Shanti Stupa
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Shanti Stupa

Learn about the local history of Leh when you spend time at Shanti Stupa. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the area's mountain views.

Leh Royal Palace
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Leh Royal Palace

You can learn about the history of Leh with a visit to Leh Royal Palace. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the area's mountain views.

Lamayuru Gompa
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Lamayuru Gompa

You can learn about the history of Leh with a stop at Lamayuru Gompa. Make time to visit the temples and monuments while you're in the area.

Chemrey Gompa
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Chemrey Gompa

You can learn about the history of Leh with a visit to Chemrey Gompa. Amble around the area's riverfront or visit its monuments.