Leh Travel Guide

  • Leh monastery and town
    Leh monastery and town
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Leh Highlights

  • Pro
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     amazing landscapes and friendly locals 

  • Con
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     The swindling Kashmiri shop keepers, the grossed out sewage running along the main road 

  • In a nutshell
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     Make sure you go, if in India 

Leh Things to Do

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  • Monasteries

    There several monasteries to visit the real way to visit these mountain top monasteries is to walk to them. As pilgrims do

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  • tibetan markets

    you can see some of non-permanent blue tents selling beautiful tibetan accessories made by the tibetan refugees along the old fort road (from zorawar fort) heading to main bazaar and there are several tibetan shops selling thanka and tibetan praying and music instruments.

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  • Hemis Monastery

    On day one, as you go towards your first monastery (gompa or gonpa) visit to Hemis (3740 m; 12,270 ft.), the river Indus flows towards you on your right. The drive is smooth and the breeze is so pure. You drive up to Karu village, a distance of only 35 kms. Then you branch off to your right and go up a long, windy, narrow road for another 7 kms. As...

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Leh Restaurants

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  • Good food, great service

    We fell in love with this restaurant! They not only served up steaming hot and fresh food, they'd also be very open to telling us if some of the food was cooked from canned vegetables. We went there whenever we were in Leh, they got so friendly with us that on a high traffic day they even requested us to give them a written order so our food...

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  • Restaurant at Oriental Guesthouse

    While in Leh I ate most of my breakfasts and dinners at Oriental Guesthouse. If it was warm I sat by a table in the garden, otherwise indoors, and indoors I preferred the low tables with sofas over the tables and chairs. For breakfast you can choose between several different set breakfasts for Rs 80 (July 2010). You can have porridge with banana,...

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  • very nice place and good food

    friendly and prompt service.nice family run restaurant.the wife and her son karma are too cute..dont order kashmiri food there.its not nicethe tibetan and other indian food is very very good there.lovely ppl.the waiters are always smiling.A MUST GO!!!! momos,chowmein,thupka

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Leh Nightlife

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  • Booze parties

    This place is sort of camouflaged (maybe for valid reasons!), and you have to pay off some people to get in. Once inside, it's a total blast if you're the drinking type. I wasn't too keen on drinking because I hadn't acclimatised to the altitude yet, and I still had to bike all the way back to Manali. So, it was a sort of a mediocre experience,...

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  • watch the moon... watch the stars...

    let's say that nightlife is practically non-existent in Leh... there's very little entertainment. Then again one doesn't come here for wild nights. I found my fun watching the sky at night: the moon and the stars looked so near - it felt as if one could nearly touch them. Around 10 august, when I was there, its the perfect place to watch the...

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  • EVENING UNDER THE STARS

    Do not expect anything like Nightclub, Casino, Theater, Live music, Adult Spot or Discos in Ladakh.The only fun place in Ladakh are "THE GARDEN RESTAURENTS & BARS". So you have to creat your own nightlife here. It is fun to drink and dine in the Open air restaurents in Leh under the closely visible stars...

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Leh Transportation

  • Adventureous !!!

    One of my dream was to drive on the highest motorable road on my Swift Dzire and to make it thrill fill,we(me n my wife) took the worst terrain for driving i.e Manali-leh road in Jun'12.We started from Gurgaon and made it to Manali in 13hrs,took a night stay at Campville,Jagatsukh Village and next day we arranged for the permitt to take your...

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  • Chauffer-driven Innova

    If you require an experienced and well-behaved driver and a vehicle, try out Shri. Sabir (+91-9419326234). We booked him for 6 days and he took us everywhere we wanted to go at any time in his Innova. The owner of the vehicle is one Shri. Nangyal (+91-9419219412).

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  • Altitude Sicknes Srinagar-Leh Road &...

    Altitude sickness is more or less a non-issue on the Srinagar-Leh road IF you make a night stop in Kargil @ 2693 meters. Don´t plan before mid-May , the road has opened later. Last ten years openings here : http://vistet.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/srinagar-leh-opening-dates/Road updates : http://korta.nu/sleh

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Leh Shopping

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  • Only pearls

    Pearl Market, by the side of the Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBF) camp, is a unique place to shop for pearl and other semi-precious stones. Just stick to stones and trinkets; no ‘traditional' Buddhist artefacts. Pearls, semi-precious stones, paschmina products.

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  • Organic Produce

    While at Leh, you might want to try out Ladags Apricot Store at LBA Shopping Complex, Zangsti, on the main road itself. This store sells eco-friendly, organic local products of Ladakh. The owner is Skarma C. Namtak. Organic, local produce, including beauty products.

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  • Shop for the local goods

    try and shop for the local goods ..in case of jems and jewellery..ladakh is famous for turquoise and coral...rest of the gems come from delhi ,jaipur or srinagar...so beware..as the shops open for 3-4 months they will be highly priced... bargain...

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Leh Local Customs

  • Local drinks: Leh Berry

    Leh Berry is a fruit juice made from berry called seabuckthorn - whatever this is. It's sweet and really good and - if you read the back of the package - it says that it has many properties, including anti-aging & anti- oxidant properties. Anti aging??? As soon as I noticed it I started drinking galls of it, just in case it really works. It's also...

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  • Leh Berry Juice

    Be sure to drink plenty of the Leh Berry juice extracted from the Seabuck Thorn Berry, a local shrub.

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  • Top Ladakh Photographer

    Nomad Russ is an American photographer who speaks Ladakhi and lives year round in Ladakh. Before you visit Leh or Ladakh you must visit Nomad Russ's web site. You will see the top Ladakhi photographs. You will find his postcards in the Leh gift shop.

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Leh Warnings and Dangers

  • Health problem for 50 yrs and above

    If you have any symptoms of breathlessness after a little exercise, heart problem, or scared of height, then you should not visit Leh at all. Take rest the first day, drink lots of water, eat in moderation, but more frequently. And rest means REST, and also sleeping all through the day.HTHAngchuk

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  • Beware of Leh in WINTER

    Beware of going to Leh in WINTER. Yes the scenery, with the snow and the numerous bare but colourful dogwood-type shrubs, is stunningly beautiful. But the very cold weather means a level of discomfort beyond simply being cold. (We were there end Nov 06, rarely got above zero). Few hotels provide any heating, I am told. Ours, the Oma Sila, did...

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  • Acute mountain sickness

    Please do not exert yourself on the day u reach..just relax and sleep through the day.....i guess you'll be fine.......i have heard about it but nothing happened to us....just slow down on the first day to ensure your full trip does not go to waste.......

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Leh Tourist Traps

  • Only pashmina & semi-precious stones

    At Leh, don’t buy anything except ‘pashmina’ products like shawls, scarves, stoles and semi-precious stone products like ear-rings, bracelets, bangles ans other similar trinkets. All other ‘tourist’ items, like ‘tankas’ and other Buddhist artefacts, are manufactured in mainland India. The reason? As one owner of a shop selling ‘authentic’ Buddhist...

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  • FAKE THANKA PAINTINGS

    There are fake thanka paintings sold by Kashmiri shops in Ladakh. They will tell you that the paintings are antique and old.Buy thanka paintings from local Insititutes and art centers only.

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  • Tourist rip offs

    Usual story - try to avoid being ripped off by the traders when buying presents etc. There are some bargains but most will require time to haggle, which I find tiresome eventually. A useful tip is to walk out of the door when negotiations stall. this is usually enough to kick start proceedings!

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Leh What to Pack

  • woolens-the most important..

    please carry enough woolens...as one place requires only tshirt the other requires warm jackets...so carry clother according to places u want to visit if only Leh town then one sweater will be ok for the evening if u want to travel to the passes then thick woolens would make u comfortable.. medicines are always essential so pls carry what u...

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  • Lots of woollens

    Carry lots, don't be afraid of carrying more luggage coz more you carry better equipped you will be. Good heavy shoes, socks, gloves, mufler, jacket, and pullovers. As the temperature reaches down quite low even in August. Caps will also be of great help. Goggles are a must because of strong rays of the sun. Sun screen, moisturisers, body oil,...

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  • packing for leh

    Make sure you have a backpack of convenient size with you to pack in sun screen, water and other stuff. You will probably spend a considerable time outdoors and the cool winds could be misleading. There is a strong sun in summer. The weather can change pretty fast, so its best not to take chances with clothing. Also, it can get cold pretty quickly...

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Leh Off The Beaten Path

  • Backstreets

    Just walk around the backstreets below the palace and you are bound to see something interesting, like this man mixing a big batch of flower.

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  • Pangong Lake

    Pangong Lake is a beautiful lake situated at an altitude of 4350 metres. The water is cold and clear and shift in blue and green colours. The lake is surrounded by bare mountains, some with snow on the tops even during the summer months. The water in Pangong Lake is brackish so it makes it the highest situated lake with salt water. Pangong means...

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  • Journeys along Glaciers- Zanskar PART 2

    Rangdum is an isolated amphitheatre like valley which lies 130 km from Kargil . Enchanting in its beauty, it has two small hamlets and a monastery that date from the 17th century. The villagers are basically agricultural serfs of the monastery, which like many other monasteries is perched on a high hillock. The region is ideal for camping hiking...

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Leh Sports & Outdoors

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    by bradbeaman Updated Sep 16, 2005

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    Rent Bikes and just head for the mountains. Start with the Shanti Stupa as your first destination. You can rent a jeep and drive the bikes up to Khardung La, the worlds highest motorable pass at 18,380 ft and then ride (fly) the bikes back to Leh. Be sure to be at the first army checkpoint before 10:00 AM or you will not be allowed up to Khardung La.

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  • Something necessary to know about Leh...

    Hi, Nick.. See it is the month of August and probably rainy season in India. so be careful while you opt for your journey to Leh this time as you can face landslides this time. So better ask to some travel companies which provided tour and travel to Ladakh, as they can clear your doubt. Moreover, if you hire some agency for your trip then they will...

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  • Ladakh, the Moonalnd

    Hi Nansub,At first a great trip this one, you would love it. One thing-hope sept would not be too late as officially by sept 15th the roads close. Nevertheless, during this time the weather is at its best around Ladakh and Spiiti Valley. Night stay at Jispa is fine but next day it would be difficult to make it to Leh. So instead stay the next night...

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  • Leh for elderlies

    Travelling to Leh at the age of 55/60 should not pose any health related problem, as long as you are physically fit. Its a fact that Leh is situated at a very high altitude and amount of oxygen there is less in the air. Hence for asthamatic patients and those with respiratory ailments, things may not be as favorable. The other tip on this query is...

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