Leh Vacations

One of the most iconic images of the high Himalaya, the dust-colored Buddhist town of Leh rests at more than 3500 meters in the rain shadow of the world’s highest mountains. With a super-relaxed traveler vibe, it was once the capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh, and is the jumping-off and provisioning point for numerous outstanding treks in ... Read more
the surrounding mountains. The road to Leh is only open from roughly June-October, and is closed by the first major snow of the year.
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Leh places to stay and top hotels

Leh things to do and experiences

  • Pangong Lake
    9.813 reviews
    Outdoors, Lake
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  • Nubra Valley
    9.810 reviews
    Outdoors, Landmark, Scenic Lookout, Park
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  • Leh Palace
    7.210 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Castle or Palace
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  • Chang la Pass
    9.54 reviews
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Top Leh restaurants

  • The Blue Lotus
    10.01 review
    Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian
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  • Bon appetit
    10.01 review
    Indian, International
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  • Lamayuru Restaurant
    10.02 reviews
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    Chinese, Asian/Pacific, Breakfast & Brunch
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  • Tibetan Kitchen
    8.01 review
    Indian, Vegetarian, Tibetan, International
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I loves it the best thing was culture, people, calmness, chant of Lord Buddha in the air. Apart from that most important thing was the helpful nature of local people. Leh is heven.

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The stark beauty of the land is mesmerising. The contrasting colours of snow and water on dry barren land make for breathtakingly beautiful shots.

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Ladakh is another planet. I have been to quite a places now but Ladakh is stunningly beautiful. Its way beyond comparison and one can't capture the beauty of the most spectacular scenery on earth. If I get a chance, I'd keep going there.

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Brighton and Hove, UK

Leh is a captivatingly beautiful and culturally fascinating enclave nestled between the Himalayan Mountains in Ladakh, India. It is the perfect destination for both adventure junkies and spiritual seekers.

Surrounding snow capped mountains and sweeping high desert terrain provide a spectacular setting for trekking, climbing, biking and rafting experiences at the top of the world.

For those exploring spirituality, Buddhist monasteries can be found perched on mountainsides and prayer wheels on every street corner in bewitching Leh. The Om Mani Padme Hum mantra is often inscribed on them which can be recited as you spin.

Ladakh is often referred to as the last Shangri La, and there is no arguing that it is a very special place indeed.

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i can say it is a place you have to visit once in your lifetime it is an amazing experience a lot of activities to go for natural beauty mesmerizing views breath taking moments

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Santa Clara, California, USA

Leh is usually easily reached by plane from Delhi, unless it is particularly foggy.

The Leh airport itself is simplistic and troubling but there is nothing you can do about that. The town is interesting to explore and is surrounded by numerous small resorts. This is a great home base before setting out on a trek.

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Sydney, Australia
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Understand: Leh is a tourist ghetto. It's a zone of pizza restaurants, internet cafes, and so many different travel agencies that you wonder how any of them manage enough business, singly, to stay alive. That said, for all the hundreds of tourists, backpackers, and trekkers from all over the world that constantly clog up and inhabit this tiny town (population is only about 20,000), it's still a really nice place. The scenery of the high desert, with its dust-colored mountains and distant snow-capped peaks, is stark and stunning, and the fact that the vast majority of the population are laid-back Ladakhi Buddhists (instead of the minority plains Indians and Kashmiri Muslims who give you vastly more hassle) means that there's surprisingly little bother. Sightseeing-wise, there's gompas, stupas, and more gompas, if that's your bag, and the usual clutch of yoga/meditation classes on offer. Leh is best experienced as the endpoint of a long trek: it's a Disney-style fantasyland, to be sure, but has all the comforts you've missed out amongst the mountains.

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Aberuthven

Leh is a stunning gateway to the high mountains of Ladakh. The town is at over 10000 feet so it takes time to get used to the altitude and if going trekking it is a very good idea to hang out in Leh prior to your trek to get used to the altitude. Leh Palace and the buddhist culture all worth exploring. Plenty of great places to eat and stay and many vibrant cafes

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Leh is great, once you get over the altitude sickness (home of the highest highways in the world). It's a ruined little town in the middle of no where, more touristy than it should be, and home to a largely Buddhist and Tibetan population from what I could tell. Eat momo and other non-indian/yes-Tibetan cuisine if you want something good, and enjoy some of the more spectacular treks one can find. Also - take the Leh highway to get there. Assuming you don't die, you'll love it.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

The now-defunct mountain kingdom of Ladakh called Leh its capital, and hints of royal glory still remain.

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