Leh, located at altitude of 3524 meters, is the headquarter of Ladakh District of Jammu And Kashmir. It is a historic city that was an important part of trade route between India and China. Even though a small city in size which is accessible only for a few months by road and almost vacant during winter, it still receives high number of tourists every year. The variety of people from all over the world that you see here during peak tourist season is amazing. It is a city that has a unique blend of Tibetan and Indian culture, still has a touch of its rich and glorious past yet facilitates every modern day amenity.

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Getting There :

AIR : Leh is well connected by Air. Kingfisher, Jet Airways and Indian Airlines have daily flights from Delhi to Leh's Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport. Indian Airlines also provides a weekly flight to Srinagar and twice weekly flight to Jammu.

ROAD : Leh is connected by 2 roads to rest of the county, the Srinagar Leh highway and Manali Leh highway. Both these roads are closed during winter due to heavy snowfall.

Click here to read in detail about Srinagar Leh highway.
Click here to read in detail about Manali Leh highway.

RAIL : There is no rail service to Ladakh however one is currently under proposal which, if materialized. will run along the Manali Leh highway.

Places Of Interest :

Shanti Stoopa - Located on the outskirts of Leh, on a hilltop, Shanti Stoopa offers a panoramic view of the city and surrounding mountains. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhists and Ladakh Buddhists together. Quite a marvel of art, it provides breath-taking views of sunrise and sunset.

Leh Palace - Built by the Royal family of Leh in 17th century, Leh palace provides a panoramic view of the city of Leh. It is nine storeys high and what now remains are merely ruins of a building with a glorious past. Restoration work by the Archaeological Survey of India is currently under progress. The palace museum has a rich collection of centuries old jewelery, ornaments and royal dresses.

Leh Trekking Trails - Leh is also the starting point of several trails in the Himalayas, specially the trails to Hemis National Park.

Stok Palace - Located around 15 kms from Leh.

Thiksey Gompa - Located 20 kms from Leh. Primary attraction is the 15 mtrs tall gold covered statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha.

Gurdwara Pathar Sahib - Located on Srinagar Leh highway, near the village of Nimmu.

Jama Masjid - Located in Leh Market

Polo Ground - Located near Ladakh DC's office, it is the highest Polo ground in the world.

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Weather : Leh remains warm during the day in Summer, night are however still cold. Winters are h arsh with temperature way below freezing point, during which the city is near abandoned with most of the population moving towards Srinagar.

Accommodation : Leh being one of the primary tourist destinations of India has end number of hotels that can fit into any budget.

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