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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

Ladakh Villa
Ladakh Villa
3.5 out of 5
Opp.Tibetan Kitchen Fort Road, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

Located in the heart of Leh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jama Masjid - Leh and Leh Temple. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa and Sankar Gompa are also within ...

Ladakh Villa
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
The Abduz Leh
The Abduz Leh
3.5 out of 5
Old Sheynam Road, Leh
The price is Rs8,644 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Located in the heart of Leh, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Shanti Stupa, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Indus River View Point and Shey Palace. Stok Palace ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Staff could not be more attentive and helpful . It’s a lovely clean hotel with good food and excellent service at am affordable price. Sure there are loads of low budget places here but why take the risk when for a reasonable budget you will be sure of clean water good food and staff that will help ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019

The Abduz Leh
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Leh

Silk Route Cottages
Silk Route Cottages
3 out of 5
Sumoor, Nubra, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

Situated in Leh, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Sankar Gompa and Shanti Stupa. Jama Masjid - Leh and Leh Temple are also within 2 miles (3 km).

1/5 (1 review)
inaccessible to foreigners

"Located where foreigners need special permission to stay. Was given no notice of this in advance. Therefore could not stay at hotel and am still fighting to get prepaid amount refunded."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2017

Silk Route Cottages
TIH Norling Cozy Cottages Lukung
TIH Norling Cozy Cottages Lukung
3 out of 5
Lukung, The Pangong Lake, Leh

Situated in Leh, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Pangong Tso and Pangong Tso.

TIH Norling Cozy Cottages Lukung
Pangong Sarai
Pangong Sarai
3.5 out of 5
Pangong Lake Road, Man, Leh

Situated in Leh, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Pangong Tso and 10.7 mi (17.3 km) from Pangong Tso.

1/5 (1 review)

"THERE WAS LITERALLY NO ROAD FOR ABOUT 8/9 KM BEFORE THE HOTEL . IT WAS COVERED WITH ROCKS. THE NORMAL TEMPERATURE IN THE NIGHT DIPPED TO APP 0 DEGREES , AND THE HOTEL STAFF ONLY PUT ON THE HEATER FOR 3/4 HOURS , FINALLY SWITCHING IT OFF AROUND 11PM, LEAVING US FREEZING .THIS COULD HAVE BEEN LIFE ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2018

Pangong Sarai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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