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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
Ladakh Villa
Ladakh Villa
3.5 out of 5
Opp.Tibetan Kitchen Fort Road, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is $27 per night

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
The price is $132 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jama Masjid - Leh and Leh Temple. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa and Sankar Gompa are also within 2 mi (3 ...

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 Sep 3, 2019

The Grand Dragon Ladakh
The Abduz Leh
The Abduz Leh
3.5 out of 5
Old Sheynam Road, Leh
The price is $104 per night

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 and ...

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 Sep 30, 2019

The Abduz Leh

Popular places to visit 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.

Shanti Stupa
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Shanti Stupa

5/5(2 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Leh with a stop at Shanti Stupa. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the area's mountain views.

Thiksey Monastery
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Thiksey Monastery

5/5(2 reviews)

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.

Shey Palace
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Shey Palace

5/5(1 review)

You can learn about the history of Leh when you stop by Shey Palace. Amble around the area's riverfront or visit its temples.

Leh Royal Palace
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Leh Royal Palace

5/5(1 review)

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

Diskit Monastery
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Diskit Monastery

5/5(1 review)

You can learn about the history of Diskit with a trip to Diskit Monastery. Discover the area's desert landscape and temples.

Top things to do in Leh

Khardung La trip from Leh (Pickup from Hotel)
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Khardung La trip from Leh (Pickup from Hotel)

$93
Per adult
Lamayuru day tour from Leh (Pickup from Hotel)
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Lamayuru day tour from Leh (Pickup from Hotel)

$133
Per adult
Leh city tour (Pickup from Leh)
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Leh city tour (Pickup from Leh)

$66
Per adult
Trans Himalayan Motorcycle Tour
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Trans Himalayan Motorcycle Tour

$1,296
Per adult
6 Day Himalayan Ladhak Tour: Monasteries Lakes & Yaks
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6 Day Himalayan Ladhak Tour: Monasteries Lakes & Yaks

$1,463
Per adult
Leh Ladakh Tour 5 Days
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Leh Ladakh Tour 5 Days

$547
Per adult

Reviews of Leh

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4/5 - Good

Tiwari

Jul 27, 2019

Leh has become congested and tourist-infested. Everyone is out to exploit the tourist and cheat them. Best parts of a Ladakh are outside Leh. However the city has good food and shopping.

4/5 - Good

gerardo

May 16, 2019

Wonderful monasteries, but the tour to the highest route of the world in the himalayas is the top of the tops tours!!!

5/5 - Excellent

USAtraveller

Apr 3, 2019

great town and people!