Leh Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021
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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05 October 2017
Excellent
First, I would like to say thank you to shyam@thrillophilia.com for their coordination and cooperation by writing my thrillophilia reviews.The trip was well planned and executed extremely well by the tour operators, I am very happy with the services provided by thrillophilia during this trek. 1) Our trek leaders Salman and Stenzin are really a wonderful Guys, they were very helpful and supportive all the time during trekking.Other staff members were also supportive and helpful. 2) Food quality and quantity was good. 3) Accommodation was good, camps were in good shape, neat and clean and quite spacious. Let's review the Trek about which I had read a lot at thrillophilia reviews. No doubt Stok trek was awesome as well as difficult. It would not be correct if I will say Stok trek is the most beautiful trek ???? but there is something which makes this trek different from all other treks and which is the main reason to attract tourist from every corner of the word, that is its height. At 20,500 feet Stok Kangri is the highest trekkable summit in India (6,153 m), what google says but when I googled it bit more and try to find if there is any other trek exist in this word which is above Stok, I did not get any information so I assume this is the highest trekkable summit in world ???? Highlights of this Trek 1) Trekking till base camp is not very tiring, which itself a big achievement as you would be able to achieve the height of 16300 feet ???? and the best part what I found in this trek is “you don’t need to walk too many hours to reach base camp” 2-4 hours walk a day is max you will walk. 2) Leh treks are totally different from Himachal and Uttrakhand treks in terms of scenic beauty, it’s a different experience, you would be able to see some splendid views of the Stok mountain ranges. 3) The last day “Summit day” will give you a totally different experience. You start your trek at night time which generally don’t happen in other treks. Moreover, you will get a chance to do snow trekking in summers as well “Only in summit Day”. Here is a great saying "the best view comes after the hardest climb" Very True!!! Preparation: I should say this is not a trek for first time trekkers but still if someone wants to give a try, Start your preparation at least 2 months before this trek as last day “Summit Day” is really a challenging one, compare to other days where you have to just walk 2-4 hours max here on final day you have to walk for a 12 – 14 hours and Trekking at night on Snow is bit tricky task and it becomes more challenging when you have to walk by putting Crampons on your shoes as rightly suggested by many people at thrillophilia reviews. a) Aim for 5 km running in 30 minutes b) Do breathing exercise which helps you a lot during this trek especially. c) Drink as much as water you can.
It had everything that you dreamed about. It had ice (lots and lots of ice), even when I was sleeping battling the cold at night I was could see those ice sheet right in front of my eyes. We were walking on ice, we were drinking those ice (of-course the boiled one), but the most exciting part was that we were never complaining even under these extreme condition. Thank to these amazing group of people I was travelling with. The support staff, the organiser and each and every people related to this trip were an amazing host. They made us feel at home, they fulfilled almost all our demands. I had done 2 treks before with other organizations, but these people were the best. The fun we had is quite vivid with this picture, but trust me nothing can be explained in words, you just have to feel it. Keep yourself fit and go for it . It will change the way you see nature , it will change your perception towards people and many more things. Stay happy and keep trekking
12 February 2019
Excellent
Being a fauji kid i always dreamt to do something adventurous and so i chose the most dangerous most exciting chadar trek as my first trek. After reaching the hotel in LEH i was welcomed by Satya sir and guess what we both shared common backgrounds i.e. fauj. After having breakfast i went to the room and slept for an hour or two. In the evening we were briefed by Satya sir and Shashank sir about the trek which actually helped me during the trek. We were a group of 14 among which 8 came solo just like me. At night we introduced each other and slept. Next morning we went for sightseeing and explored beautiful Shey palace and monasteries and by that time we all knew each other names. On day 3 we all went for medical checkups and every member from our group was fit for the trek. In the meantime we went to LEH market for some shopping. We were again briefed by Satya sir , Shashank sir and Sonam Sir and guess what we slept in the tents with our sleeping bags. Next day we started our journey from LEH to Chilling . After reaching chilling we were all set to step our foots on chadar for the first time and that feel was amazing. We walked for 3 hours and reached our first campsite. After having a lovely dinner by our porters we sang songs and went to sleep. Next morning i experienced first snowfall of my life and everything all around us appeared to be white and ahhh what an amazing feel i had that time. By God's grace we all successfully made it to Nerak on day 6 and saw that frozen waterfall for the first time. The josh and the deshbhakti inside me came out, i removed my jackets and stuff, wrapped myself in INDIAN FLAG and waved it at NERAK. I cannot describe that feeling until you experience chadar trek, we spent two hours at Nerak. Alright we made it to Nerak so easily and we all were like wow that was easy but nah something was about to come. After having lunch at Tibb caves we started our journey , after an hour there was a patch when our trek leader Dorge sir saw that chadar is weak ahead and went solo upto 50-80 meters & came back and said we cannot go from here, so we climbed up the hill carefully as it was all covered with snow. And again after this we saw the same thing but this time we couldn't go through the hills as those were standing hills. And at this point we all thought one thing that we all made it to nerak so easily, this has to be happened. Dorge sir again went solo up to 50 meters to check the chadar and suddenly his legs went inside the chadar upto knee. Being an experienced trekker he immediately came out and changed his socks. We didnt have any option so we started walking on the chadar. I being second last in my group saw my group mates how carefully they were walking on chadar, I heard the satisfying sound of crushing the chadar when my right foot went inside the chadar and my gumboots was filled by water. Ah i didn't went mad but stayed calm, my friend Dev behind me shouted Dorge sir come here, and he within 30 seconds came back to me removed my gumboots and helped me to change the socks. We successfully made it to our tents that day and the rest of the journey. All I want to say is we were a group of motivators, we became a family and from day 1 to day 9 we all were positive and supported each other. Much thanks to all the porters who made such yummy foods for us. Thank you to dorge sir & Sonam Sir who always said we will go to Nerak. Thank you to Satya sir and Shashank sir who's briefings really helped me during the trek. I wish again to be with this group because we became a family. Thankyou Thrillophilia for such a wonderful journey on chadar. I will be uploading my chadar trek journey on youtube soon i.e. PUNEET VLOGS. Peace
12 February 2020
Excellent
Hi My name is Hemendra Kateja, I live in Jaipur, Rajasthan. My Chadar Trek was one of the unimaginable and most memorable trek. I went with my friend Nikhlesh for this incredible trekking adventure in February 2020. We both were very excited for this trek as we already mesmerised with chadar trek footage that we saw in several vlogs on youtube. We invested a lot of money in trekking gears and in other stuff because we were very keen to see the Chadar. I have heard a lot about the beauty of the Zanskar River but when I reached there it was much more amazing and I fell in love with the mesmerizing views of Zanskar Valley. We leave from Jaipur to Delhi on 31st Jan 2020, and reached delhi around 3:30 AM on 1st Feb 2020, Our flight was at 6:20 AM from IGI Airport Delhi. We both already pre booked our window seats to experience the aerial view of Magnificent Himalaya Peaks. After experiencing aerial view of Magnificent Himalaya Peaks we landed on the land of LAMA. Pilot announced that the current temperature of leh is -16, and we were eager to experience that kind of cold temperature, so we put out a woolen cap and gloves before getting out of the plane. From 10 degrees (Delhi) to -16 degrees (Leh) was teeth chattering cold. Reaching on a Leh Airport we took our luggage and moved towards the exit. Our tour operators were waiting outside with placards and welcoming gestures. We met Mr. Dorjay. He drove us to the guest house which was situated in STOK which was 15-20 Km away from Leh. We met Rovit Singla. He also came here for the Chadar trek and he was part of our Trekkers group. We reached our Guest House “Skitsal Guest House”. Staff gave us a warm welcome as we were first to arrive from the group. There was a Dog “Shadow”, he also came to us and started sniffing, so now we were now officially roam around out of fear. Arrangements were very good which were made for us by the team. We met Mr. Tenzing and other staff too. After a couple of hours we met with 3 other trekkers of the group (Bittu, Shishank & Shubham) at Skitsal Guest House After an hour Abdul & Vikash also joined the group as a trekker. The Trip coordinators “Kavish Rathore” and “The Bearded Traveller” Visited to the Guest house and started the introduction session and also briefed us about chadar trek and do’s and dont’s during the trekk. They told us not to exert ourselves on the first day as we were already feeling heavy while breathing because we were still not acclimatized to the leh environment. Second Day, Tenzing took us for a small trek around the village and Buddha Stupa which was around 3 km from the Guest House. We enjoyed Kids dance Performances also which was happening in school nearby. Then we went to have authentic Laddakhi local food. We had Kahwa, Butter Tea, Ladakhi Bread, Fried Momo & steamed momo with Pasta. We also tried a local Wine called “Chaang”. After an exciting visit to a village four people have decided to visit Ice Stupa & Shanti Stupa, So we asked Tanzing to arrange a Taxi for four of us so we can visit these places. We Visited visit Ice Stupa & Shanti Stupa and came back around 8PM. We had Dinner and and slept early as tomorrow was our Health checkup and Chadar trek Registration. Tonight we asked to sleep in the camps rather than rooms. Next Day we left for the Health checkup and Chadar Trek Registration and all of the group members passed the health test and we got a green flag to go on chadar trek. From Leh Market we brought Gumboots & Trekking Pole. Some of our group members also brought some hot jackets and gloves. Tonight again we asked to sleep in the camps rather than rooms. From tomorrow our trek was going to start in the actual manner. Trek Day 1: On the first day of trek, we started with a thrilling ride to Shingra koma (Starting point of Chadar trek) via Tilad Do, Chilling and Nimmu. Passing through the high mountains was a bit scary but we had a wonderful driver with us. We met our 2 guides Hanif and Tundup, they taught us how to walk on different types of ice.The day got colder as we reached Shingra Koma. Our Helpers cooked soupy maggi for us followed by the tea and cookies. It was our first-day of trekking in Zanskar. We had to cover around 5 km today. Be careful while you walk on the ice as it will be very slippery at times. At first, I was a bit nervous to walk on the ice but as we continued I was able to walk but steadily. I fell on ice in the very first hour of chadar trek. Nikhlesh leg slipped twice in cold water on the very first day and the whole shoe got frozen within 5 - 10 minutes. Today almost every one slipped and fell on ice multiple times. We reached our First campsite at Gylapo by evening and porters and cooks were already there and they served us hot tea and snacks followed by Dinner. The campsite was very beautiful and we could see the mountains on all sides. Temperature dropped significantly at night while we were in sleeping bags. Hanif told us that there is a possibility that we might not get permission to move to tibb cave because chadar has been broken before Tibb cave and there are 2 groups stuck at tibb cave and army guys are trying to get them out safely. Trek Day 2: On the second day of trek, we had our morning tea and delicious breakfast, and we were waiting for the update of the trekking association that we can proceed to tibb cave or not. We noticed that many groups decided to move to tibb cave without a backpack because they thought that they have to come back eventually. But our guides Hanif & Tundup decided that we have to take risk and take our backpacks and then go to tibb cave, so if there is any possibility to reach tibb cave we will attempt that and it will save our whole day too. We started our trekking from Gylapo to Tibb Cave. Today was a big day for us as we had to cover around 15 km. We started trekking through the deep ravines of Zanskar, and the day was a bit colder as there was no sunlight at all. We noticed the place where 2 groups got rescued, because there was a rope tide to make a path for trekkers. Chadar breaks and forms very quickly in these cold conditions , so we were very lucky to get a chance to walk on solid ice. We saw many caves and frozen waterfalls. We reached Tibb cave at our camp site. We explored the tibb cave where porters were preparing for the bonfire. We also enjoyed the warmth of the bonfire. We had a wonderful dinner with some roti and a sabji. Before going to bed we noticed that there were very few people reached here for camping, because in morning they decided to stay in the camps in Gyalpo.We were in confusion that could we move to Nerak Village tomorrow or not, But Hanif came to us and gave us a good news that because tomorrow and day after tomorrow there is Chadar Festival at Nerak village ,so officials gave permission to open trekk to nerak. Hanif told us that Chadar condition is very bad so we need to leave early in the morning so we don't experience broken chadar. We took some night mode shots on our camera and went to those suffocating tents and sleeping bags. Trek Day 3: On the third day of trek, Today we had to trek from Tibb cave to Nerak Village. Morning started a bit early for us. The first time on the journey we woke up around 6 and had wakeup tea, and had our breakfast and we left for Nerak Village around 7:30AM. As we started trekking we came across many Junipers and prayer flags tied on a twig. It was such a beautiful sight. Within an hour we faced a broken chadar and our guides helped us and guided us to cross the broken chadar where water was at knee level. We changed our wet socks very fast. We also came across a huge broken waterfall on our way to the camp. We had to walk slowly as few of the paths were a bit slippery.Hanif and Tundup decided to setup camp 5 km before nerak village so we can save our whole day while going back to leh. Just before reaching the camp site I had a great fall on a chadar when I slipped very badly and I hit my shoulder and head on rock solid chadar. I must say i was very lucky that head gears came out as a saviour and they saved my head, but unfortunately i hit my shoulder and now it was very painful to walk with that heavy rucksack backpack. We reached our campsite and had tea and snacks, I applied a fast pain relieving spray on the shoulder and put our bags in the camps and moved towards nerak village.At that particular moment for fraction of second i thought i can't do that and i need rest, but that what i learned in this trip is to push your limit and challenge your body. I started again with that painful shoulder. Now I reduced my speed of walk because somewhere in my mind there was fear of falling again on the chadar. That thought was not going and I tried many times. Beautiful landscapes distracted my mind and I forgot my pain. We saw a hot water spring on the journey of the trek. We took a rest for lunch and from this point we could also see the Narek village and some stupas. Our trek leader Hanif & tundup was really helpful throughout the journey. After having lunch we moved to Nerak Village and we saw the grand canyon of Nerak and the mighty Nerak frozen waterfall. We clicked pictures on the frozen waterfall and then we moved to nerak village where the Chadar festival was happening. We saw the local people wearing their traditional woollen Gonchas. It was such a wonderful view to see how these people have adjusted to the biting cold here Chadar village people welcomed us very warmly, they started traditional dance with traditional songs of nerak, Drums were so in sync with songs and the echo of music in the valley was an epic experience. After Half hour of enjoyment we took our leave and started moving towards our camp. We came across many pug marks of foxes. After reaching our camp, the pain in my shoulder started irritating me and I was not able to do normal work. Today clouds covered the sky and it was too windy, so because of that we were feeling so cold and our hands and palm were getting numb. Here Hot water bag saved us in this horrible situation. Trek Day 4: On the third day of trek, Today we had to trek from Narek camp to Gylapo via Tibb Cave which was basically our return journey. And today we have to go more than 15 km I guess. IN the morning we woke up many times because of the windy weather and stage noise on our tents. After we woke up we found out that it was snowing, and everywhere there was a layer of snow. We had Tea and breakfast and moved towards Gyalpo. After we started our trek within 10 mins snow started falling again and this was the cherry on the cake of the journey, that we experienced trek in snow fall too. The morning was very cold when we started. We reached Tibb cave very fast and then we pushed our speed to reach Gyalpo camp. Everyone was very tired that they wanted to reach leh asap. But we need to spend one more night in the tents. We reached so early to Gylapo that we had enough time to explore nearby places, we took rest in sunshine and then we saw local blue sheeps, did some photography and then moved to the dining area. As this was our stay of trekk, so all the group of trekkers started playing dumb share arts and time flew by, we had great fun , laughs. We became good friends during the course of our journey. Then a hot dinner was served by the helpers and then we were surprised that all the crew members prepared a delicious and beautiful cake. Hanif and Tundup and all our crew came together and shared their experience of the trek, ever one were very emotional and happy at the same moment that they have achieved a milestone. We had a bonfire and sang songs and we danced together. Today's temperature was not that harsh.That night was the best night of the whole trek. We went to our sleeping bags and tent for the last time. Trek Day 5 : We were almost coming to an end of our trek. Today we had to trek from Gylapo to Shingra Koma. We started the trek for the last time, and as we know that our group is very fast so everyone expected that in 2 hours we will reach Shingra Koma. But as i previously said that Chadar is unpredictable. Last night it was not that cold, so because of that after 15 mins of trek we saw that there is no chadar present anymore and there is water everywhere, and the mountains were very steep that we cannot walk through. We were in huge confusion as our travellers were already waiting for us at the pickup point as Shingra Koma. We thought adventure was over for us on the last day but wait now we have to climb the 30 Feet mountain and then cross the valley from the mountains. How interesting and it was very dangerous too. Nikhlesh, Abdul and Ashish already climbed and reached on the top of the hill, I started to climb and slowly and steadily everyone climbed that hill. This was so much thrill and fun. We threw rope and the remaining group climbed the hill very soon. Thanks to Hanif Bhai and Tundup for making our trek such an awesome one. We were the first group who reached nerak from thrillophilia this season. We reached our pickup point and took a sigh of relief. We Stopped at Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib Ji and thanked god for the success of the Chadar trek and then we had langar prasad and moved towards leh city. We checked in our guesthouse Palam Hills Guest House. We took a bath after a week and then we went to leh market, and brought souvenirs for my friends and family. We enjoyed a bonfire with drinks and then we had dinner together and started packing our bags as we all have early morning flights. Today was our last day at Leh, we were ready for our return journey. We took our flight back home. We had the best time doing this incredible trek, a must do trek for all the adventure seekers, you will just love everything about this trek. Just remember to wear thermals and wear gumboots during the trek. You can buy them at Leh on your first day itself. We click a lot of pictures to cherish these memories. Huge thanks to team Thrillophilia and Kavish and The bearded Traveller. Thanks to all crew members and especially Hanif & Tundup, Keep rocking guys. Special thanks to my Team Nikhlesh, Abdul, Ashish, Bittu, Viskash, Rovit, Shubham and Shishank.
Amazing trek.. Thanks a lot to THRILLOPHILIA. Life changing experience. This is the master of all the treks. I am marathon runner, always wanted to go for a trek. Finalized to go for Chadar trek with little hesitation. But, THRILLOPHILIA cleared all the mental blocks and made me confident. Hats off THRILLOPHILIA. What an experience... People tells Swizz mountains. Guys come to Leh and go for Chadar trek. Then compare :) Again thanks a ton to THRILLOPHILIA
06 February 2021
Excellent
After skimming through numerous tour providers, I bumped into thrillophilia. Although quite skeptical initially, I decided to go through them for the Chadar trek; couldn’t have made a better choice! The pre-arrivals and registration team, especially Devanshu did a great job at providing detailed information concerning travel, accommodation, trek and miscellaneous. Super safe for Solo travelers, absolutely nothing to worry about. The trek group is a conflux of people from various age-groups and backgrounds with similar interests, meticulously put together. Extremely hospitable hosts, super-hard working porters made sure our trip was incredibly amazing!!! The ground operations lead SATHYA was constantly on his toes making sure every trekker’s need was tended to. His delightful rapport with the staff and fellow trekkers is truly commendable!!! SATHYA was a savior in disguise, helped us get through any glitches we had during acclimatization period and also made the post-trek celebrations an unforgettable experience!!! Great food, mesmerizing views, genial, super-responsive staff and a bunch of like-minded trekkers, all these made my trip freaking aweeeeeesome!!! #THINKTHRILLOPHILIA for your next adventure!!! They are tremendous!!!!
06 February 2021
Excellent
When I have received this link for sharing my story with thrillophilia uphorians, I indeed thought once really am I worthy enough for this column!! Then I thought no, if I don't put my bit through here,it will be a non-justice towards those blossomoed flowers who actually could made my story...... They are Satya right from thrillophilia ground team at Leh, Jimmy the Mithun chakraborty of our team who ensured safe dispatch of every individual in trip in one piece from leh...or even Mr Nimoh,.... Who ensured knocking every individual during the trek for keeping them safe.... Yes I of course did trekking of Sandakaphu or Pindari Glacier earlier.... But they were much earlier almost about 30+ years back ... So again this CHADAR trek was a bit challenge kind of trek to me to prove the actual worthyness of a 50+ mota (fat) aadmi all through..... Still it could become possible only because of never ending support of thrillophilia ground tean along with real time management... This is not a bid adieu to you all. ... it's just a break...I will be back definitely again amongst you all buddies....
06 February 2021
Excellent
Trip with thrillophilia is so amazing.. Arrangements and all the staff are so good....it's a life time experience for me....every one should visit ones. Akash Agrawal
Completed Chadar trek with Thrillophilia last week it was one of the finest trip of my life. Starting from the booking to execution every thing was planned well. We were well briefed by Satya regarding trek and we'll organised local operator.
05 February 2021
Excellent
Had a recent trekk to Chadar Lake. It was planned with add ons by thrillophilla in a very professional manner. We had a date change as well due personal reasons and they accommodated our request. All communication were well handled from office side and local operator were very helpfull. The trekk team and porters were very supportive and helpful. The ground representative of thrillophilla based in Leh could do better in way of a more professional briefing and feedbank about trekk in general and fine tuning. Rest was very nice.

People Also Ask About Leh

  1. Travel Advice:

    • The politically sensitive Leh: Tourism is comparatively new to the region of Leh with only a few years of experience in this field and given how politically sensitive Leh is, it is quite tricky as to how one must approach situations in this place. One requires special permits to visit the Inner Line regions and these are available from local authorities.

    • Don’t be dehydrated: If you’re visiting this beautiful location, it is important that you also indulge in trekking since the most primary attraction is that and if you’re going to do that then it also becomes important for you to keep enough stock of drinking water. Sometimes, serious problems can be caused due to lack of care.

    • Photography: Like mentioned previously, Leh is rather politically sensitive. Hence, photography too is prohibited in certain places. Keep a look out for sign boards which warn you of such restrictions and make sure you obey them.

    • Bottled water: It is more advisable to carry bottled water throughout your journey and not drink the local water as it can get quite polluted.

    • Drinking laws: There are only two known vendors in Leh that sell alcohol and if they happen to ask for IDs, then it is essential that you provide them with that. Alcohol is generally permitted as per the country’s rules but it is better to stay safe than become sorry later on. Apart from that, the nightlife is quite relaxed but also exciting.

  2. What you cannot afford to miss:

    • The beautiful mountains of Leh: The whole district of Leh is typically mountainous with approximately three parallel ranges that consist of the Himalayas, the Zanskars and the Ladakhi ranges. In fact, there are serene rivers flowing through these ranges. For instance, the Shayok and the Indus which make up for the requirements of the locals. Explore these beautiful and scenic places with the help of a trusted guide.

    • Town hopping in Leh: Set your foot in the beautiful little town of Leh and you will realize just how wonderful everything that comprises Leh is. The twon consists of the Palace which was the former mansion of the royal family. There is much historic relevance lying to this place wherein the great Dalai Lama was only once a part of. You will truly understand the feeling in-depth once you visit this place yourself.

    • Visit the famous Pangong-Tso lake: Remember that breathtaking view that is showcased in many of the famous Bollywood movies? Well, that place truly exists and is not just a set created with artificial backdrops. It is called the Pangong-Tso lake which stretches through the boundary between India and Bhutan. You can camp in and around the place and there are many services that will happily allow you to do so. Indulge in extra-curricular activities too while you’re at it.

    • Visit the historic passes: We are sure you have heard of the Khardungla pass. Well, it might look like just a simple road to many but if you take a closer look, the place is quite beautiful. The Khardungla pass is managed by the Border Roads Organization and is the gateway to the north. This place holds much historic relevance and due to that, it has successfully emerged as one of the most important tourist spots in India.

    • Spiritual oneness at monasteries: There are numerous monasteries situated in and around Leh. The spiritual energy one receives at such places is truly enchanting by nature. This is one of those must-do things for all tourists who visit Leh.

  3. What you will like in Leh:

    • Watch the sunrise sitting by the lake: One thing that you cannot absolutely miss is watching the sunrise by the lake situated in Leh. Camping in and around coupled with spending quality time with your loved one at such a scenic place will help you feel whole and complete.

    • Walk through the mountains and hear them birds tweet: Quit tweeting from your phone. Instead, take a closer look at the mountains and hear the birds tweet away to glory. The glistening magic that this place holds is way above what your phone can offer you.

    • Witness a local marriage: Each one of us hail from varied backgrounds. What we do is quite different, our mannerisms, our cultures and so on. Similarly, in Leh as well, it is quite fascinating to watch and even indulge in some of the ways the locals conduct certain ceremonies. Witness a typical Leh marriage if you’re lucky enough.

    • Food hopping: There are numerous typical food items that you can savor yourself in. Chief among them are momos. Imagine sipping on hot soups in the time of chilly monsoon climate of Leh! Isn’t that thought enticing. We are quite sure it is. So what are you waiting for? This is one of those must do things in Leh while you’re at it.

  4. 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

  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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. 

  9. 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
  10. 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

  11. What are the different things/activities 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

  12. 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. 

  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Leh?

    There aren’t any public busses in Leh. Just the Private or Haryana Tourism busses that ply from Manali and Jammu and Kashmir. So, the best way to get around Leh using public transport is by way of private cabs.

    They are all run by locals and they offer packages to various tourist destination in Leh. You can compare and decide the best can service you would like to hire.

  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.

  21. Which are the best cycling tours in Leh?

    Cycling tours are very popular in Leh. Here is a list of some of the tours available there.

    Manali to Leh Cycling Tour

    Cost: The tours cost approx. INR 32,591 or 500 USD Per Person

    Duration: 12Days and 11 nights

    Inclusions: Meals, Activities, Guide and Accommodation

  22. 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.

  23. 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.
  24. Which are the famous and most adventurous treks in Leh?

    Trekking is the most popular tourist activity in Leh and there are trekking options available. There vary in price, difficulty and duration, you can choose the one that suits you best.

    Here is a list of some of the most popular and adventurous treks in Leh.

    • Stok Kangri Expedition. The duration of the trek is 8 Nights/9 Days. It costs approx. 16,800 INR or 259 USD Per Person.
    • Markha Valley Trek. The duration of the trek is 7 Nights/8 Days. It costs approx. 15,000 INR or 231 USD Per Person.
    • Chadar Frozen River Trek. The duration of the trek is 8 Nights/9 Days. It costs approx. 21,500 INR or 331 USD Per Person.
    • Lamayuru Chilling Trek. The duration of the trek is 4 Nights/5 Days. It costs approx. 17,000 INR or 259 USD Per Person.
    • Kanamo Peak Trek. The duration of the trek is 2 Nights/3 Days. It costs approx. 4,500 INR or 69 USD Per Person.
    • Spiti Valley Trek with Homestay. The duration of the trek is 5 Nights/6 Days. It costs approx. 9,200 INR or 141 USD Per Person.
    • Parang La Trek. The duration of the trek is 8 Nights/9 Days. It costs approx. 23,000 INR or 354 USD Per Person.
  25. How is Leh for Honeymoon couples?

    Leh is a magical place and while it may seem like the ultimate adventure paradise, it is so much more. In fact, it is an ideal and unlikely Honeymoon destination with numerous activities for couple’s.

    Leh offers you a location that is not very crowded even during peak season. Hence making it ideal for couples to spend some quality time and not having to worry about crowded tourist attraction. In addition to the numerous sightseeing options, you can also explore your wild side by taking you one the many popular adventure activities. And to top it all, Leh has some luxurious resorts that offer world class facilities, so if you don’t feel like sightseeing, you can enjoy at your resort with your partner. There are direct flights to Leh from Delhi, the travel time by air is just under 2 hours. So, if you have time restrictions you can always plan a quick getaway and return for a more wholesome experience.

  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. Which are the famous sanctuaries and parks in Leh?

    Leh has some unique wildlife specific to the region. To view the wildlife in the Leh region, head to one of the following parks or sanctuaries.

    • Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Hemis National Park
    • Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Donkey Sanctuary
  33. 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.

  34. What are some best destinations for white water rafting in Leh?

    The best place for white water rafting would be in the one of the tributaries on the Indus River such as the Zanskar River.

  35. 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
  36. 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.

  37. What are the famous museums in Leh?

    Here is a list of all the famous museums in Leh.

    • Hall of Fame
    • Stok Palace Museum
    • The Little Paradise
    • Ladakh rocks mineral museum
  38. What are best places for paragliding in Leh?

    The best place for paragliding in Leh would be the Khardung La Pas.

  39. Where are the Magnetic hills located and How can I reach there?

    Magnetic Hills or Gravity Hills are located 30km from Leh and our 14000 feet above sea level. In order to reach the magnetic hills, you must take the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National highway which will lead you straight to the hills.

  40. 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
  41. What are some famous destinations for skiing in Leh?

    Skiing in Leh can be best experienced at Ladakh Himalayan Range ‘Zanskar’.

  42. What are best places in Leh to experience beauty of Himalayas?

    Although all of Leh is breath takingly Beautiful. But there are some places where the beauty just amplifies. Here a list of some of the places.

    • Zanskar Valley
    • Pangong Tso Lake
    • Kargil
    • Khardung La Pass
    • Nubra Valley
    • Magnetic Hills
    • Spituk Gompa
  43. Are there any tents at Pangong lake and how much is the average cost of stay in these camps?

    There are numerous camping sites around the Pangong lake. Average price for camping varies from INR 2800 to INR 5500 Per Person. Click here for more info.