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"Little Tibet & the Land of Lamas "

Leh Tourism

Popularly known as a biker's paradise, Leh is one of the two capitals of Ladakh that has numerous passes linking various locations in the challenging terrain. The city is nestled in a valley at an elevation of around 3,520 m in the upper Indus River, enveloped by the colossal peaks of the Ladakh Range. Regardless of its harsh weather and difficult accessibility, 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 exquisitely built monuments, palaces, mosques, monasteries, etc. Leh is famous for its high altitudes and has so much to offer, not only to young solo travelers & bikers but also to families and couples.

With a distinctive landscape, there is still so much of the city undiscovered. 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. Explore the city market for shopping for some beautiful handicrafts & souvenirs. Besides, you can get a glimpse of the local culture by visiting the fairs & festivals in the city. Notably, Leh also serves as a gateway to other spell-binding areas of Ladakh. There are buses, taxis, motorcycles and bicycles available for getting around Leh but beware of road closures and landslides in the mountainous terrain.

Must Know Before You Travel to Leh

  • From August until December, visiting Leh, Ladakh becomes a bit unsafe to travel as monsoon and winter have a considerable impact on Leh at this time. 
  • Everything from hotels, flights, and food usually gets expensive during the peak tourist season in Leh. Hence, if you are planning to visit this city during peak months, do advance booking of your tickets.
Getting Around (Permits)
  • To visit the remote areas around Leh, Ladakh, including Nubra valley, Pangong Tso, Khandungla pass, and Tso Moriri, Indian nationals should acquire Inner line permits & foreigners should get Protected Area Permit (PAP) for traveling to Ladakh. The permit can be obtained without any hassle from lahdclehpermit.in
Cellular Network
  • Prepaid cellular connections mostly do not work in Leh due to weak signals. You will find a few PCO booths amidst the Leh market that can be utilized to make emergency calls. At certain places, such as Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley, you will not get any connections, so make all calls and messages before traveling there. 
Documents to Carry
  • Indian citizens should carry photocopies of their passport, PAN card, AADHAR card, or voter ID card, whichever they have. However, some more documents are required for bikers, including bike registration papers, bike insurance, PUC, and driving license.
  • At high elevations, calories in our body get burnt at a faster rate. Therefore, you should carry some dry snacks and a water bottle everywhere you go. Eatables that you can carry include glucose biscuits, chocolates, nuts, wafers, etc. These things are sold at a higher rate over the MRP, so it is even better to bring them from your city.
  • At Leh or other places at high altitudes, the majority of people suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms. As the altitude increases, the barometric pressure decreases, making you feel uneasiness, headache, or nausea. It is advisable to carry AMS medication by asking your doctor.
Accessibility of Food
  • The people in Ladakh follow Tibetan culture, and most of the food offered is non-vegetarian here. Vegetarian dishes are very limited but available. Also, it is advised to eat or pack your food from any restaurants you find open as you will not find food vendors on the road to Leh.

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