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Draped with the alluring charm of the Indian Himalayas and poised with enchanting tales, Leh is the crown of Ladakh. One of the most mystique as well as tourist-friendly destinations in the world, this historic city is a true treasure trove for its admirers.

Guarded by several fascinating ranges of the mighty Himalayas, ornate with sacred gompas, and poised with a unique charm, a visit to this gorgeous tourist destination in Ladakh is a must for every travel bug. Be it the honeymooners, leisure seekers, adrenaline junkies, history enthusiasts, or any other types of travellers, Leh something or the other for everyone!

The once a capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Leh, this semi-arid desert in the Zanskar Valley is located at an elevation of 3,524m, and is untouched by the mundane world. Though life in Leh does not run parallel with the rest of the country, it is revered as one of the tourist-friendly destinations in India. Book your Ladakh tour packages; visit this imposing city to explore its bountiful beauty, diverse history, rich culture, rustic traditions, and fill your travelogue with experience and not just memories!

Best Time to Visit Leh

  1. Winter (November to February):

For those who are planning for a Leh Ladakh tour during the winters, they should not proceed further with their tour itinerary! Visiting Leh or almost other parts of Ladakh is a strict ‘no’ during the winters. Temperature drops down drastically, and makes it almost unbearable for the outsiders. Except for the enthusiasts of the ‘Chadar Trek’, which is conducted only during January-February, Leh Ladakh tourism takes a halt during the winters due to heavy snowfall.

  1. Summer (April to June):

As Leh welcomes the summers, temperature starts rising and the valley starts regaining its charm and appeal. With the sun shining bright, the atmosphere becomes much clear. Snow starts melting by early April, and the vicinity comes alive once again with all its glories. However, visitors must carry as well as wear enough of warm clothes to maintain their body temperature and also to get acclimatised with the climate.

  1. Monsoon (July to August):

Even the monsoon is not at all recommended to indulge in Leh Ladakh tourism. With the advent of the rain, chances of landslides reach the peak in Leh. For those, who are planning to book Leh Ladakh tour packages during July to August, they must rethink on their choices.

Tourist Attractions in Leh

  1. Shanti Stupa
  2. Leh Palace
  3. Hemis Monastery
  4. Hall of Fame
  5. Zanskar-Indus Confluence Point
  6. Chamba Temple
  7. Jama Masjid
  8. Gurdwara Pathar Sahib
  9. Namgyal Tsemo Monastery
  10. Stok Palace
  11. Victory Tower
  12. Zorawar Fort
  13. Magnetic Hill
  14. Pangong Tso Lake
  15. Tso Moriri Lake
  16. Khardung La Pass
  17. Hunder Valley
  18. Alchi Monastery
  19. Nubra Valley
  20. Siachen Glacier
  21. Turtuk

Fairs and Festival in Leh

  1. Ladakh Festival:

It is an annual festival that is celebrated in the month of September. It is mainly celebrated with the intent to showcase the rich culture and traditions to the outer world; encouraging Leh Ladakh tourism is also one of the objectives of Ladakh Festival.

A 7 days’ celebration, visitors can enjoy and participate in an array of merry and fun-frolic activities during this festival. Traditional polo math, archery, monastic dance, and folk dances are the major attractions of Ladakh Festival. In addition to this, visitors can also experience the local life at its best while visiting Leh during this festival.

  1. Hemis Festival:

If you planning for Leh Ladakh tour, make sure you plan it in such a way, you get to witness the pageant Hemis Festival! A true riot of colours, cultures and traditions, it is an annual festival that is celebrated on the 10th day of Tse Chu (Lunar Month in Tibetan Calendar) to observe the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava.

The entire valley comes alive with the locals wearing their traditional and colourful garbs, jewelleries and much more. Festivity begins with the Head Lama of Hemis Monastery commemorating the birth of the Guru by carrying his portrait to the main courtyard of the monastery. Following this, the lamas perform their traditional ‘Cham Dance’ (or Mask Dance) in the most heartfelt way. Hemis Festival is celebrated to mark the triumph of good on the evils.

How to Reach Leh

  1. By Road:

A roadway journey is in fact the most enthralling ways to reach Leh! Buses and taxis are available from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir; visitors can opt for any of these options to reach their dream destination through Jammu and Kashmir or through the towering Rohtang La Pass. Jeep safaris and motorcycle expeditions are also popular among the visitors.

  1. By Train:

Pathankot serves as the nearest railway station to Leh. After arriving at the station, visitors can hire private taxis, cabs or SUVs to reach Leh. Visitors can also board any of the regular buses from Manali to reach Leh.

  1. By Air:

Leh has only one airport- Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, that keeps it connected with the rest of the world; even in the winters. Regular flights from major Indian cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Srinagar, and others are available to reach Leh.

Stay Options in Leh

Ranging from affordable to luxurious hotels, Leh has an ample of stay options for its visitors. Most of these lodging facilities offer all modern facilities and amenities. However, for those who desires to witness Leh at its best, they should opt for local homestays in Leh.

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