Visit Leh, India
Leh lies at some 3,500 meters above sea level and is the capital of Ladakh.
The town lies in the ancient Indus valley and has been a trading post for Himalayan peoples for centuries, with routes running up into the Nubra Valley to the Silk Route and over the high passes to Manali and the Indian plains towards to Tibetan Plateau.
Its dilapidated Palace makes for an interesting backdrop, it is described as a miniature version of the Potala palace in Lhasa, and is fine example of medieval Tibetan architecture and the central markets give the town life, they are well supplied from Kashmir.
The adventurous may choose to reach Leh by road to appreciate breathtaking scenery, or alternatively you may fly from Delhi. It makes a great base to visit the many monasteries, chortens and gompas in the surrounding area such as those at Lekir, Alchi, Stok and Thiksey.
Map of Leh
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Places near Leh
- Ladakh 12 kilometers away
- Alchi 39 kilometers away
- Nubra Valley 69 kilometers away
- Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj 247 kilometers away
- Pragpur 292 kilometers away
- Shimla 344 kilometers away
- Amritsar 380 kilometers away
- Mussoorie 416 kilometers away
- Rishikesh 457 kilometers away
- Haridwar 472 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Leh
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Leh. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Spic n Span is a modern hotel built in the traditional Ladakhi style, located in the heart of Leh town.
Ideas for experiencing Leh
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Immerse yourself in the mountainous scenery of Leh and explore the gompas (Buddhist fortifications) statues and palaces that characterize this special area.