Bounded by the 2 world's mightiest mountain ranges, Ladakh is known as the Little Tibet. Leh is the capital of Ladakh and the center of Tibetan Buddhist culture. The major part of the Leh city is camouflaged with the ancient Buddhist Monasteries. Leh is the land of Lamas and is mainly populated by Hindus and Buddhists.
Highlights of the place
Culture: Bon and Buddhism rule the lifestyle of the people here. The mosques dating back to 16th- 17th century and a 9 storied palace Sengge Nangyal built in the Tibetan architectural style are the majors highlights if the Leh city.
(a) Shanti Stupa:Is the Buddhist white domed stupa built in 1991. The Shanti Stupa was built to promote world peace and prosperity and to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism. It is considered a symbol of the ties between the people of Japan and Ladakh.
(b) Sankar Gompa: Known for its excellent architecture, the Gompa houses an interesting representation of Avalokiteshvara complete with 1000 arms and 1000 heads.
One can also experience the culture by visiting the city during the festival time, the famous ones being Ladakh festival, Tak Tok festival and Hemis festival.
Best Time to Visit
The weather is extremely cold and harsh and the best time to visit the city is June to September. This is also the time when the passes to reach the Leh are also open. Since the monsoon here is not confined to any particular season so it is advisable to carry raincoats and wind cheaters.
5 Star/ Luxury Hotel
- The Grand Dragon
- The Druk Hotel
- Mystique Meadow Camp
- Hotel Ladakh Continental
- Hotel Lasermo Leh
- Grand Hotel
How to Reach
By Air: Leh is connected by regular domestic flights from Delhi and Srinagar.
By Rail: Leh does not have a railway station so train travel is not possible. However Jammu is the nearest railhead.
By Road: Long, well maintained roads are the best option and there are 2 most popular routes that lead to Leh.