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Leh lies at some 3,500 metres above sea level and is the capital of Ladakh.

Trading routes

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.

Architecture

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.

Visiting Leh

Stupas and prayer flags at Thikse monasteryThe 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.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Leh

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Leh, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Leh

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    Places near Leh

    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, Leh

      Spic N Span

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      Spic n Span is a modern hotel built in the traditional Ladakhi style, located in the heart of Leh town.

    Ideas for experiencing Leh

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Leh, and which use the best local guides.

    • Sarchu, trekking ponies, Manali to Leh Road

      Explore Around Leh

      Leh

      Immerse yourself in the mountainous scenery of Leh and explore the gompas (Buddhist fortifications) statues and palaces that characterise this special area.