Tired of Manali for Weekends? Head to Leh For The Best 48 Hours

Bestowed with irrevocable beauty, Leh Ladakh, the cold Indian desert is one of the world's must-visit destinations. With several attractions and landscapes on the list, we have created this perfect 48-hour itinerary for you. Read on to know how you can take home to perfect Leh experience in just two days!

Day 1

Morning

Enjoy Breakfast at Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro

Openhand Espresso Bar & Bistro
Start your trip with a hearty breakfast at this refreshing cafe. Admiring the beauty of Leh over a steaming cup of coffee will be a great kick-start to your journey. A great place to hang out for a meal, Open Hand Bar and Bistro is an attraction, especially if you're an art aficionado. The restaurant adorns art pieces that have been set up in collaboration with a South African artist. Besides, the restaurant also sells handicrafts, bags, jewellery, and souvenirs. This cafe is proof that Leh is much more than just magnificent landscapes. Housed in a great ambience, open Hand Bar and Bistro is a seasonal cafe functional only between April and October.
Address: Raku Complex, Fort Road.
Cost for two: INR 600 
Recommended dishes: Cake, coffee, chips and mayo, cupcakes and muffins. 

Visit the Leh Palace

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Leh Palace is one attraction that you should visit if you're keen on excavating Leh's opulent historical edifice. Presenting a panoramic view of the town, the Leh Palace used to be a royal site. One of the tallest constructions of the 17th century, this grand structure should be witnessed in all its glory. Some part of the palace is in ruins due to the Kashmiri invasion, however, continues being a royal heritage zone.
Entry fee: INR 15 per head
Timings: 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Afternoon

Go Monastery hopping - Namgyal Tsemo Monastery and Spituk Monastery

Namgyal Tsemo Monastery
When in Leh, you can't miss out on monastery visits. Take a quick tour of the tranquil Monasteries in Leh and explore the spiritual folds of the town. Namgyal Tsemo and Spituk are the much-renowned Monasteries of the region. Drawing tons of tourists throughout the year, these monasteries are open, especially for those who seek Buddhist experiences. These structures always have something in store for its travellers. For example, you can learn about their preachings or strike an enlightening conversation with the monks here. 
Timings:
For Namgyal Tsemo
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM      
For Spituk Monastery
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Entry Fee:  INR 20 per head (for both) 

Lunch at Bon Appetit Restaurant

Bon Apetit
Dig into Bon Appetit for a wholesome meal. With an eclectic menu and a great vibe, Bon Appetit serves a vast cuisine ranging from salads, pizzas to fabulous desserts. Adorning a gorgeous interior, the eatery is a pretty, classy and upbeat place. It's a rare restaurant to dine in and undoubtedly one of the best! 
Address: Chang Spa Road, Opposite Moravian Mission School.
Cost for two: INR 800
Recommended dishes and drinks: Veggie Tempura, Cashew Chicken, and Tandoori Grills

Evening

Indulge at the Leh Main Market

A shop at Leh Main Market
Who doesn't like to shop when they travel? Sometimes it's essential! Leh market has a plethora of amazing woollens and handicrafts items for you to take back home. The biggest shopping market in Leh, Leh Market is flanked with street-shopping options such as jewellers, shawls, and carpets. 

Dinner at Lamayuru Restaurant

Lamayuru Restaurant
Lamayuru is a quaint little restaurant at an elevation. Presenting a beautiful view of the town and great food options, Lamayuru is comparatively a less upbeat place. With friendly staff and a delicious menu, Lamayuru is an excellent place to hang out. Serving an extensive list including Italian and Tibetan, Lamayuru burns the midnight lamp for its customers.
Address: Fort Road Opp Hotel Yak Tail.
Cost for two: INR 800
Recommended dishes and drinks: parathas, hash browns, sandwiches, masala tea, paneer dishes

Day 2

Morning

Drive to Gesmo Restaurant for Breakfast

Gesmo Restaurant
Gesmo is another breakfast spot recommended in Ladakh. Indulge in a delectable breakfast without burning a pocket hole. With a friendly and warm ambience, Gesmo adorns a welcoming decor with good interiors and large window panes. A delicious meal at this colourfully engaging eatery would make for the perfect breakfast
Address: Opposite Hotel Yak - Tall Fort Road.
Cost for two: INR 500 
Recommended dishes and drinks: cakes, sandwiches, lattes, chicken steak, pizzas.

Visit Leh's Architectural Marvels

Shanti Stupa
Leh is full of splendid architecture. Pay a visit to the beautiful heritage here like the Shanti Stupa, a brilliant hilltop edifice. The Druk Padma Karpo school here is a famous attraction as it was featured in the Bollywood flick, 3 Idiots. If you think shooting the film here was a set-up, then you are wrong. It is a campus that houses sustainable engineering devices. Unlike the other Halls of Fame, the Hall of Fame Museum in Ladakh celebrates the real-life heroes and brave soldiers would maintain and ensure the security of the country. 

Afternoon

Drop by the Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary

Hemis National Park
Located at an elevation, this park protects a variety of wildlife, flora and fauna of the region. A picturesque site surrounded by green vegetation, it also houses a 400-year-old monastery that stands in the vicinity of the sanctuary. Hike up a safari and explore the wildlife!
Entry Fee: INR 20 per head

Lunch at Wonderland Restaurant & Coffee House

Wonderland Coffee House
This quaint restaurant and coffee house has some delicious food to offer. Although not as extravagant, Wonderland Coffee House does serve an irresistible Indian and Tibetan menu including a range of delectable desserts. A go-to dining place for comfort food, the restaurant provides a casual ambience with friendly staff.
Address: Changspa Road.
Cost for two: INR 600 
Recommended drinks and dishes: coffee, cakes, Indian meals, Tibetan menu

Evening

Pay Respects at the Gurdwara Pathar Sahib

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
Why not conclude the last leg of your trip on a spiritual note. Visit the Gurdwara and soak in the holy vibes. Make sure to sit through the evening Ardas before leaving. The Gurudwara is said to bring peace and positivity. A landmark worship centre, the head, shoulders, and back imprints of Shree Guru Nanak Dev is the highlight of the place.

Seal the Journey with Some Leh Flavors at the Old Town Cafe

Old Town Cafe
Try out the local delicacies at Old Town Cafe and indulge some authentic regional food. This quaint little place serving food in a 17th-century atmosphere is bound to be a memorable meal. Unwind here with the excellent local food and some irresistible chai to warm you in the chilly weather. With regular Friday musical evenings, Old Town Cafe provides an inexplicable view as well!
Address: Lonpo House, Palace Area.
Cost for two: INR 500 
Recommended dishes and drinks: Honey and ginger tea. 
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So now you're sorted with your two-day itinerary. It covers significant attractions and some unmissable destinations of Leh, Ladakh. What keeps you waiting from packing your bags for this trip now?  Would you like to add any other places to this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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