Get your head in the clouds as you experience a city surrounded by mountains, boasting an authentic Indian enchantment. Beneath the steep, rocky ridges of Leh you will find an Old Town that is charmed with time-worn mud-brick houses, crumbling stupas and an incredible Tibetan Palace guarded by a fort. Not only does the inner city showcase an idyllic charm but as you travel further out of the hustle and bustle of the bazaar-style region you will find a green patchwork of barley fields, pathways and streams perfect for exploring the Ladakhi style suburbs.
The beauty of Leh is certainly something to behold, so make sure you enjoy every moment of this spectacular destination.
The history Leh
The city of Leh has an interesting history, and one that has been influenced by its neighbours along the way. King Sengge Namgyal ruled the city until the 17th century; however it was during this time that the city came under attack by the Kashmiri Muslims. Leh became the capital city of the region and flourished especially between the 1920’s and the 1930’s, during which time the bazaar received camel-trains and loaded ponies each day. This changed when the Chinese border was closed suddenly and the fortunes started diminishing until tourism became a leading market.
The city was also very important for the Indian army and after two wars; Leh had proven its strategic worth.
Accommodation in Leh
Leh is famous for attracting backpackers, hikers and campers. So if you are looking for an outdoor adventure in the heart of India, then this might just be the perfect destination for you! However if you are looking for a more comfortable experience, make sure you opt for one of the stylish hotels or lodges in the city. It is also wise to keep hydrated and take it easy for a few days when you arrive, altitude sickness can strike and the key to avoiding the headaches and nausea is to drink plenty of water and let your body adjust before taking on the steep ridges. The locals are aware of the condition and do their best to offer support and comfort in an effortlessly friendly manner.
While it might be advisable to enjoy the comfort of a traditional hotel for the first few nights, there are still plenty of camping sites to help you make the most of your time in Leh. So no matter what type of vacation you are planning in Leh; you can rest assured that there will be a place for you to call home once you arrive!
Tourist attractions in Leh
Buddhism is a key religion in Leh and can be showcased in the number of monasteries, temples and Tibetan-styled palaces that are present throughout the region. The Nubra Valley is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Leh with ample opportunity for backpacking adventures, interesting monasteries, beautiful mountainous landscapes and gorgeous lakes. The Magnetic Hill is also a must-see attraction, experience the hill’s gravitational properties and soak up the views from this mesmerising hill.
Make sure you visit at least one of these incredible monasteries or take on the inspiring task of seeing them all! Learn more about the rich Buddhist spirituality and find the path that leads to beauty and wonder in Leh. From Shanti Stupa to the Thikse Monastery and the magical Leh Palace, there is a spiritual attraction to amaze you in Leh!
Shopping is also an experience not to be missed, so be sure to visit the bazaar of the Old Town and dawdle through the souvenir shops while search for the perfect keepsake.