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Overview of Leh

What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Leh?’ Snow-clad Himalayan peaks, enchanting valleys, wide spread meadows, high mountain passes, white washed monasteries and unparalleled beauty. Travelers who do not fear the adventure and elevation of this level are always seen exploring this quaint little town of Jammu and Kashmir.  If road trips are your kind of thing, then this one destination is for you to visit. Sprawling huge Lakes and roaring massive

Rivers offers adventure of a lifetime. Travelers, climbers, hikers, explorers and tourists all come here to visit the wonderful land of Leh-Ladakh. Its unparalleled beauty is like a food for the souls of adrenaline junkies. Major tourist attractions like Pangong Lake, Sham Valley, Parang La, Spituk etc. Leh is a thriving holiday destination in North India which is best known for its enchanting scenery dotted with majestic snow-laden Himalayan peaks, mystical valleys, torrential rivers and deep gorges.

The neighboring Valleys of Leh namely Nubra and Markha serves as the best trekking trails near Leh for adrenaline junkies who want to satiate their unprecedented adventure desires. For those who seek challenge in their lives, Leh offers challenging elevation in the form of high mountain passes that takes your breath away for a while when you reach there. However, expedition to this area is the only expedition that will give you uncountable memories for a life time.

Places of attractions

Hemis Monastery

Location: Leh, India

The most popular monastery in Leh area, Hemis Monasterywas founded by first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso who was invited to Ladakh by the King Singay Namgyal and was give estate throughout the region in 1630. The major attraction of this monastery is a copper gilded statue of Lord Buddha and other stupas which are believed to made of metals like gold and silver.

Things to do at Hemis Monastery: Visting The Place

Alchi Monastery

Location: Leh, India

Alchi Monastery is situated in small village of Alchi that lies in the lower regions of Leh. The monastery is believed to be the oldest in the area and was built by 958 and 1055 AD BY Guru Rinchen Zangpo. The stunning architectures and minutely carved paintings here in the monastery, are believed to be the oldest surviving in Ladakh.

Things to do at Alchi Monastery: Visting The Place

General Zorawar Fort

Location: Leh, India

The best part of the General Zorawar Fort is made of local clay, sun dried bricks, stones ad wooden frames. The fort was home to the "Conqueror of Ladakh" late Zorawar Singh Kahluria who consistently struggled against the Chinese Rulers. It is one of the national monuments in India as declared by Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958.

Things to do at General Zorawar Fort: Visting The Place

Spituk Monastery

Location: Leh, India

Spituk Monastery was founded by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od during his visit to Maryul in the 11th Century. The beautiful monastery is situated on the hilltop overlooking the roaring Indus River flowing through the deep gorges of the Valley.

Things to do at Spituk Monastery: Visting The Place

Thiksey Monastery

Location: Leh, India

On the hilltop, lies a kingdom of this massive monastery that looks surreal and absolutely stunning. It is the major favorite of many photographers and it is one of the reasons that drives tourist to this region. In the arid desert, the Monastery looks like an oasis. The complex houses a number of thankas, stupas, wall paintings and statues in the twelve storied building. This must visit attraction also has a museum which carefully treasures many sacred items. You can also find a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings and a 15 meter high Buddha statue at the main prayer hall.

Things to do at Thiksey Monastery: Visting The Place

Shey Monastery

Location: Leh, India

The Monastery was built in the year 1655 by Deldon Namgyal, , in the memory of his father, Singay Namgyal. . The gompa is known for its colossal copper-gold gilded statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. The place is 2 km far from the main hub and you can reach there by hiring a cab.

Things to do at Shey Monastery: Visting The Place

Stakna Monastery

Location: Leh, India

Stakna is beautiful white washed monastery sitting atop the desert hill near Leh. Stakna Monastery or Stakna Gompa was founded in the late 16th century by a Bhutanese scholar and saint, Chosje Jamyang Palkar – the renowned scholar and saint. The view of majestic Himlayan Mountains from this monastery is breathtakingly enchanting. Getting lost is something you can do here.

Things to do at Stakna Monastery: Visting The Place

Jama Masjid

Location: Leh, India

The only mosque in the region acts as an icing on the cake and is an example of “unity in diversity,” which is more prevalent here in Leh. Built in 1966-67, it is located in the heart of the city and receives pilgrims from around the country every year. And this historical mosque in Leh is always crowded by tourists since it is surrounded by the main bazaar. This place also has a Shahi Hamdan Memorial which is made in dedication to Mir Syed Ali Hamdani who was a Muslim Sufi Saint.

Things to do at Jama Masjid: Visting The Place

Shanti Stupa

Location: Leh, India

Shanti Stupa, is a popular Buddhist architectural heritage that has now become world famous. It is typically identifiable by its white-domed stupa (chorten) that sits on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh which is located in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

It was built as part of the Peace Pagoda mission between 1983 and 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura. Interestingly, the The Shanti Stupa has the relics of the Buddha at its base and was enshrined by HH Dalai Lama the 14th.

Things to do at Shanti Stupa: Visting The Place

Weather in Leh

The region has cold semi arid climate that ranges between 7°C - 30°C in summers, and between -20°C - 12°C in Monsoons from the month of October and May.

Best Time to Visit

The months between June and September are ideal for visiting Ladakh.

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How to Reach

By Air

You can take a flight to Kushok Bakula Airport in Leh from Delhi. It is around 2-3 hours flight from Delhi. On landing you can hire a cab to reach the different attractions around Leh.

By Train

You can both board a train till Delhi or Chandigarh and there on hire a taxi to reach Ladakh by road.

By Road

Ladakh is connected by road from two sides- Manali-Leh highway and Srinagar- Kargil highway. You can choose any of the two routes to reach Leh.

Places to visit in Leh :
Hemis Monastery, Alchi Monastery, General Zorawar Fort, Spituk Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Shey Monastery, Stakna Monastery, Jama Masjid, Shanti Stupa
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9 Tour packages available for destination Leh!

Amazing Ladakh Tour with Pangong Lake

Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days

Leh - Tsomoriri Lake - Tsokar Lake - Nubra Valley - Pangong Tso

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Best of Ladakh

Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days

Leh - Indus Valley - Nubra Valley - Pangong Tso - Tsomoriri Lake - Toskar Lake - Stok - Uleytokpo

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Discover Ladakh on Bike

Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days

Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh - Pangong Lake

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Discover Ladakh

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Leh - Indus Valley - Nubra Valley - Pangong Tso -

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Incredible Ladakh Tour

Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days

Leh - Spituk - Pather Sahib - Pangong Tso - Khardung La - Stok

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Jewels of Ladakh

Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days

Leh - Spituk - Pather Sahib - Pangong Tso - Khardung La

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Journey to Ladakh

Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days

Leh - Alchi - Nubra Valley - Pangong Tso

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Ladakh Wonders

Duration: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Leh - Khardung La - Pangong Tso

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Wonders of Ladakh

Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days

Srinagar - Kargil - Leh - Nubra Valley - Pangong Tso - Sarchu - Manali

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