The Himalayan town of Leh is a paradise for bikers and certainly not for the faint-hearted. Leh was once an essential stopover for vital trade routes that connected Tibet to the East, Kashmir to the West and India to China. Today, Leh is the best Himalayan town to find untouched natural beauty.
Most of the towns around Leh are said to have been founded by Nyima Gon. Many historical events led to the formation of today’s Leh, and the city captures its past through various monuments, palaces, mosques, monasteries, etc. Leh is administered by the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council(LAHDC) unlike other districts of Jammu & Kashmir.
The neighbourhood of Leh is home to some breathtaking sights of the majestic Himalayas. Some of the main attractions include the Magnetic Hill, where the strange gravitational waves make vehicles go uphill, the Hall of Fame which commemorates the sacrifice of the fallen soldiers in the Indo-Pak war and the Khardung La Pass which happens to be the Highest Motorable Pass (at the height of 5,602m).
The cuisine of Leh is varied with influences from the countries that border it. Restaurants in and around Leh serve Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and even Korean food. Visitors must try out the local dishes which almost define the daily diet here such as Thukpa (noodle soup), Tsampa (roasted barley flour), and Skyu. The Changspa Road in Leh houses most of the famous restaurants in the city. There are buses, taxis, motorcycles and bicycles available for getting around Leh but beware of road closures and landslides in the mountainous terrain.
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