Leh Ladakh served as the capital of the Himalayan territory of Ladakh, presently the Leh district in Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India. Leh Ladakh spans 45,110 km2. In terms of area, it is the second biggest district in India.
About Leh Ladakh
Leh Ladakh is famous for the remains of Leh Palace, earlier residence of the monarchs of Ladakh, constructed in the same manner and around the same period as the Potala Palace. It is situated at an elevation of 3,524 meters or 11,562 feet. In the northwest, it is connected to Srinagar by National Highway 1D. The climate of Leh is extremely cold. For its natural beauties, Leh is called "Shangri-La" or "Little Tibet". It is the biggest town in Ladakh. In terms of adventure sports, it is a very popular destination for both domestic and international tourists. You can indulge in adventure sports like rock climbing, cycling, river rafting, and trekking.
Tourist attractions in Leh Ladakh
The prominent tourist attractions in Leh Ladakh are as follows:
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is also known as the Leh Palace. This famous palace was the creation of King Sengge Namgyal. The palace features nine stories. The upper stories were meant for the royal clan. The lower stories were used as storage rooms and horse barns. Leh Palace was designed like the Potala Palace located in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The Palace is currently undergoing a renovation process by the Archeological Survey of India. It is open for public viewing and offers bird's-eye views of Leh and the bordering regions. You can also see the Stok Kangri Mountain in the Zangskar Mountain Range. The Ladakh Mountain range is located behind the palace.
Shanti Stupa is one of the top tourist attractions in Leh. It is a joint effort between Ladakh and Japan to conserve the remnants of Buddha protected by the Dalai Lama. You will get a breathtaking view of the picturesque valley from this stupa. It was opened in 1983.
This tower was constructed to remember Ladakh's triumph in the 16th century over the Baiti Kashmiris.
Fairs and festivals
Major festivals observed in this city include the following:
- Hemis Festival (The most famous festival)
- Losar Festival (Observed to greet Tibetan New Year)
- Dosmoche Festival
- Ladakh Festival (cultural event)
- Sindhu Darshan Festival (river festival)
- Tak-Tok Festival (summer carnival)
Monasteries in Leh Ladakh
Leh Ladakh is home to a number of Buddhist monasteries, which include the following:
- Bardan Monastery
- Alchi Gompa
- Lamayuru Monastery
- Karsha Monastery
- Rangdum Monastery
- Phugtal Gompa
- Shanti Stupa
- Rizong Monastery
- Stakana Monastery
- Spituk Monastery
- Thiksey Monastery
- Takthok Monastery
- Zangla Monastery
- Tonde Monastery
- Zongkhul Monastery
Hotels in Leh Ladakh
You can stay at any of the following hotels and accommodations during your trip to this picturesque place:
- Chamba Deluxe Camp
- Camp Himalayan Saga
- Hotel Mahay
- The Grand Dragon
- Hotel Cho Palace
- Hotel Caravan Center
- Hotel Dragon
- Hotel Chube
- Hotel Holiday Ladakh
- Hotel Gawaling International
- Hotel Namgyal Palace
- Hotel Khanglachan
- Hotel Royal Palace
You will find the following species of wildlife in this area:
- Snow Leopard
- Endemic and migrant birds
Leh is linked to Srinagar by National Highway 1D. You can also arrive at Leh via the Srinagar-Leh Road. Both ordinary and deluxe bus services are offered by the Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (J&KSRTC). You can also travel by taxis (both jeeps and cars). The Manali-Leh Road is another means to reach the city from Manali. By Air, Leh is connected to other major cities of India with the Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport. Flights from Chandigarh, New Delhi, Srinagar, and Jammu are available.
When is the ideal time to visit Leh?
You should visit this place between June and September.