Leh is situated in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir. It was initially the capital of the kingdom of Ladakh. It is the second largest district in the country (after Kutch) in terms of area. It was an important stopover on the trade route between Tibet and the west during the time of the Indus Valley Civilization. It is located at an altitude of 3,524 meters above sea level.
Places to Stay
There are several budget-friendly hotels as well as luxury hotels in Leh. Some of them are Hotel Holiday Ladakh (Tariff- Rs. 3000), Hotel Kanishka (Tariff- Rs. 2800).
Ladakhi is most widely spoken. Other languages that are spoken here include Tibetan, Purik, Hindi and English.
Popular festivals in Leh include the Hemis festival, Spituk Gustor, (which is similar to Dusshera) Matho Nagrang and Karsha Gustor.
Places of Interest
Leh is known for its Buddhist monasteries and the most popularly visited ones include the Thikse Monastery, the Phyang Monastary, Stok Monastary, Spitur Monastary and the Sankar Monastary. Another very famous place to visit here is the Magnetic Hill. Other important places to visit include the Nubra Valley and the remains of the Leh Palace.
How to Get There
Leh has its own airport which has a regular stream of flights from all the major cities of the country.
Leh is poorly connected by rail as the closest station is in Jammu which is 734 km away.
Leh is well-connected to other parts in India by bus. There are buses that ply to Delhi, Manali Lahaul and Spiti. Avail of bus ticket booking facility on Ticketgoose.com and get a number of discounts.