Leh lies on an altitude of 9000 meters! Swept by chilly winds and bright sunlight, gorgeous blue lakes and landscape devoid of vegetation, Leh is truly a masterpiece created by god and one of the most imporant place to holiday in North India
. With adventure sports ranging from rafting to mountaineering, from polo to archery, Leh offers all! It is also known as the Small Tibet as it hosts extra-ordinary monasteries or gompas (so they are called) and more than half of the population consist of monks. From one monastery to another, once can notice the different architecture in every one of the monasteries. Also famous for the picturesque landscapes and the fury of nature during winter, Leh is one of the most visited hill stations in the country.
Leh is famous for:
- Historical Jama Masjid
- Heritage Villages
The famous hotels that provide good food and decent hospitality are the Dragon hotel, Cho Palace Hotel, The Lotus and Lasermo Hotel. The hotels provide all types of cuisines with decent costs and adept in quality. Different cuisines prepared are Tibetan (being the specialty), Kashmiri, Indian and Italian. One must try out the Penguin Bar and Restaurant which provide guests with a wide choice of baked goodies and are best enjoyed on Leh Ladakh tour packages
At such high altitudes where breathing is a difficulty, most tough tourists look for adventure sports like hiking, trekking, mountaineering and rafting! Up here trekking is given most importance. Once cane experience the monastic way of the villages isolated from the rest whilst on trekking tour. The mountain scapes are a breath-full when viewed from atop the ridges. Generally, tourists opt for trekking camps as they are adventurously guided through hilly and windy areas, which makes for a good trek. If you haven't trekked here, you haven't trekked at all! So, the villagers say, as the it is the most pleasant journey in your life so come and rock.
Festivals in Leh
The festivals of Leh are a sight not to miss. To visit during the festival is like a double treat for guests. Numerous cultural events like dances, processions, archery, polo etc are exhibited during these festivals. In summer, Sindh Darshan and Hemis are the festivals that are celebrated. Another part and parcel of every visitor is the shopping for traditional items in Leh. You can shop for silver, copper or brass tea pots, or, other items like hookah base, chortens, dried as well as fresh apricots etc. The traditional head-dress for women – Parek, ornate teak kettle and turquoise are among the best buy and most appropriate souvenirs one can enjoy on Leh tours from Delhi
or any part of the world.
Leh city is well connected by air from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. Although by road is another option as the highways are breath-taking but during winter these roads are closed for six months as it is covered by snow! The best way to travel within the Leh city is by either renting a cab or drive down in a rented vehicle. Both of which are readily available.