A complete guide to Leh, Ladakh
Leh, Ladakh is a magical place in India. In this guide I´ll write about recommendations for restaurants, hikes, motorcycle trips and tips in general. Go out and explore Ladakh yourself! You won´t regret it.
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Leh
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Leh is a beautiful mountain city in the Kashmir region in India. The city is used by many travelers as a starting point for hikes, motorcycle trips and other activities. Although leh can be quite dusty at some times of the year, it is a great place to spend a few days wandering around the city, drinking some delicious coffee or chai or hike to some viewpoints to catch a glimp of the beautiful mountainviews and surroundings.
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Restaurants

Leh Cafe
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Great cafe to go for a coffee or cake.
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Montagne
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BEST restaurant in Leh. It looks very fancy and the meals are a bit more expensive than local Indian food, but it´s definitelt worth it. The waiters are insanely nice and the food is amazing! Do not miss out on this restaurant!
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Yum Yum Food N Cafe
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In the same square of this cafe is another restaurant/bakery that´s not on the map, but sells amazing food. It´s open every day at 7am and one of the first cafe´s to open in the morning. This was my go-to breakfast spot.
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Lehvenda Cafe
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Best coffee and lunch in town! Don´t go with big groups of people since it´s quiet a small place and fills up quickely.
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Where to stay?

Rainbow Hostelier
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During my stay in Leh I always went to ´Rainbow Hostelier´. It´s a beautiful hostel in the citycenter of Leh with their own restaurant and lovely employees. Whenever you go on a multiple day trip you can leave your belongings at the hostel for free and they´ll help you out with planning your trip. The rooms are definitely worth mentioning since they´re above average for an Indian hostel. I really enjoyed my time here and couldn´t recommend this hostel enough.
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What to do in Leh?

Tsemo Maitreya Temple
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Beautiful monestry with great views over Leh. It´s very close to Leh viewpoint and about a 20 minute walk up from the city.
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Leh valley view point
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From the city of Leh it´s only a small hike to this viewpoint. The prayerflags make it a magical place to chill and enjoy the views of the mountains around you.
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Leh Palace Parking
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Former Royal Palace overlooking the city of Leh. The palace is open for visitors.
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Shanti Stupa
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Beautiful Stupa with nice views on Leh.
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ladakh fitness center
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Simple cheap fitness center if you want to stay fit. Very nice people here and the gym is open 7 days a week.
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Airtel Store
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If you want internet in and around Leh, this is a must-go. Since the normal Indian SIM cards don´t work in Ladakh you can get a new SIM card at Airtel or BSNL. These are the only providers that work in this region.
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Permit Office
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For most of the areas around Leh it´s necessary to get the Inner Line Permit (ILP). It´s an official document signed by the Indian authorities. Most of the travel agencies will be able to get you this permit, but to safe money (and time in most cases) it´s easier to visit the permit office yourself. Don´t forget to bring your passport and only go after 10am.
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NEW BUS STAND, LEH
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The place where you can get local buses. In high season you can get local buses to almost every village in Ladakh. Safe yourself some money and take the local bus instead of a taxi ;)
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Places to visit outside of Leh

Nubravallei
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Beautiful valley with wide landscapes surroundes by high snowy mountains. Nubrevalley should definitely be on your itinerary if you visit Ladakh. You can go with a tour company by going on a (multiple) day tour or rent a motorcycle (highly recommended!). To reach the valley you need to cross one of the highest roads in the world (Kardung La Pass). Make sure you´ll visit Nubra valley in the right season, otherwise it´s not possible to cross the pass because of the snow.
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Where to stay?

Diskit
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Probably the most famous town for tourists to stay while visiting Nubra valley. You can find lots of guesthouses and homestays and there´s multiple restaurants.
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Hunder
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Hunder is a small village situated a bit further in Nubra valley. If you have a choice I would stay the night in this village since it´s a bit more authentic and you´re in the middle of the sand dunes where you can find the famous camels in Nubra valley. Also lots of choice regarding homestays and guesthouses.
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Places to visit outside of Leh

Khardungla Pass
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Crossing Khardung La Pass should definitely be on your bucketlist. It´s one of the highest passes you can cross by car/motorcycle in the world and the views are insane! Make sure the pass is open for traffic since the police will close it when there´s too much snow.
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Pangong
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Pangong Tso Lake is a must-do when you´re visiting Ladakh. This beautiful lake is situated at an elevation of 4225m above sealevel and is absolutely stunning to see with the snowy mountain ranges in the background.
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Where to stay?

Spangmik
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Beautiful little village next to Pangong Tso Lake. A good place to stay the night. Lots of nice homestays and guesthouses.
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Places to visit outside of Leh

Hanle
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Historic village with an astronomical observitory. Only visit this village if you´re driving a motorcycle or car since it´s in a pretty deserted place. Tourists are not allowed to stay the night here.
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Nyoma
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A good place to stay the night before or after visiting Hanle. There´s a number of homestays and restaurants.
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Hemis
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Beautiful little village in the Ladakh region. Mostly known for the monestry.
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Lamayuru
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Small village in the Ladakh region with a beautiful monestry.
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Hemis Shukpachan
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Likir
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Small village famous for it´s buddhist monastery.
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Alchi
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Little village with one of the oldest monasteries.
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Markha valley trek

Chilling
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Starting point of the Markha valley trek. You can reach it by taxi or try hitchhiking. There´s not much to do in chilling so i recommend to walk immediately to the next village Skiu.
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Skiu
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First little village to stay the night
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Nimaling Camping Ground
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A complete guide to Leh, Ladakh
Leh, Ladakh is a magical place in India. In this guide I´ll write about recommendations for restaurants, hikes, motorcycle trips and tips in general. Go out and explore Ladakh yourself! You won´t regret it.
32 Places • ago
Free
Leh
@sierrakingma
Leh is a beautiful mountain city in the Kashmir region in India. The city is used by many travelers as a starting point for hikes, motorcycle trips and other activities. Although leh can be quite dusty at some times of the year, it is a great place to spend a few days wandering around the city, drinking some delicious coffee or chai or hike to some viewpoints to catch a glimp of the beautiful mountainviews and surroundings.
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Restaurants

Leh Cafe
@sierrakingma
Great cafe to go for a coffee or cake.
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Details
Montagne
@sierrakingma
BEST restaurant in Leh. It looks very fancy and the meals are a bit more expensive than local Indian food, but it´s definitelt worth it. The waiters are insanely nice and the food is amazing! Do not miss out on this restaurant!
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Yum Yum Food N Cafe
@sierrakingma
In the same square of this cafe is another restaurant/bakery that´s not on the map, but sells amazing food. It´s open every day at 7am and one of the first cafe´s to open in the morning. This was my go-to breakfast spot.
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Lehvenda Cafe
@sierrakingma
Best coffee and lunch in town! Don´t go with big groups of people since it´s quiet a small place and fills up quickely.
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Details

Where to stay?

Rainbow Hostelier
@sierrakingma
During my stay in Leh I always went to ´Rainbow Hostelier´. It´s a beautiful hostel in the citycenter of Leh with their own restaurant and lovely employees. Whenever you go on a multiple day trip you can leave your belongings at the hostel for free and they´ll help you out with planning your trip. The rooms are definitely worth mentioning since they´re above average for an Indian hostel. I really enjoyed my time here and couldn´t recommend this hostel enough.
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What to do in Leh?

Tsemo Maitreya Temple
@sierrakingma
Beautiful monestry with great views over Leh. It´s very close to Leh viewpoint and about a 20 minute walk up from the city.
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Details
Leh valley view point
@sierrakingma
From the city of Leh it´s only a small hike to this viewpoint. The prayerflags make it a magical place to chill and enjoy the views of the mountains around you.
Add to
Details
Leh Palace Parking
@sierrakingma
Former Royal Palace overlooking the city of Leh. The palace is open for visitors.
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Details
Shanti Stupa
@sierrakingma
Beautiful Stupa with nice views on Leh.
Add to
Details
ladakh fitness center
@sierrakingma
Simple cheap fitness center if you want to stay fit. Very nice people here and the gym is open 7 days a week.
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Details

Good to know

Airtel Store
@sierrakingma
If you want internet in and around Leh, this is a must-go. Since the normal Indian SIM cards don´t work in Ladakh you can get a new SIM card at Airtel or BSNL. These are the only providers that work in this region.
Add to
Details
Permit Office
@sierrakingma
For most of the areas around Leh it´s necessary to get the Inner Line Permit (ILP). It´s an official document signed by the Indian authorities. Most of the travel agencies will be able to get you this permit, but to safe money (and time in most cases) it´s easier to visit the permit office yourself. Don´t forget to bring your passport and only go after 10am.
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Details
NEW BUS STAND, LEH
@sierrakingma
The place where you can get local buses. In high season you can get local buses to almost every village in Ladakh. Safe yourself some money and take the local bus instead of a taxi ;)
Add to
Details

Places to visit outside of Leh

Nubravallei
@sierrakingma
Beautiful valley with wide landscapes surroundes by high snowy mountains. Nubrevalley should definitely be on your itinerary if you visit Ladakh. You can go with a tour company by going on a (multiple) day tour or rent a motorcycle (highly recommended!). To reach the valley you need to cross one of the highest roads in the world (Kardung La Pass). Make sure you´ll visit Nubra valley in the right season, otherwise it´s not possible to cross the pass because of the snow.
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Details

Where to stay?

Diskit
@sierrakingma
Probably the most famous town for tourists to stay while visiting Nubra valley. You can find lots of guesthouses and homestays and there´s multiple restaurants.
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Details
Hunder
@sierrakingma
Hunder is a small village situated a bit further in Nubra valley. If you have a choice I would stay the night in this village since it´s a bit more authentic and you´re in the middle of the sand dunes where you can find the famous camels in Nubra valley. Also lots of choice regarding homestays and guesthouses.
Add to
Details

Places to visit outside of Leh

Khardungla Pass
@sierrakingma
Crossing Khardung La Pass should definitely be on your bucketlist. It´s one of the highest passes you can cross by car/motorcycle in the world and the views are insane! Make sure the pass is open for traffic since the police will close it when there´s too much snow.
Add to
Details
Pangong
@sierrakingma
Pangong Tso Lake is a must-do when you´re visiting Ladakh. This beautiful lake is situated at an elevation of 4225m above sealevel and is absolutely stunning to see with the snowy mountain ranges in the background.
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Details

Where to stay?

Spangmik
@sierrakingma
Beautiful little village next to Pangong Tso Lake. A good place to stay the night. Lots of nice homestays and guesthouses.
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Details

Places to visit outside of Leh

Hanle
@sierrakingma
Historic village with an astronomical observitory. Only visit this village if you´re driving a motorcycle or car since it´s in a pretty deserted place. Tourists are not allowed to stay the night here.
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Nyoma
@sierrakingma
A good place to stay the night before or after visiting Hanle. There´s a number of homestays and restaurants.
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Details
Hemis
@sierrakingma
Beautiful little village in the Ladakh region. Mostly known for the monestry.
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Lamayuru
@sierrakingma
Small village in the Ladakh region with a beautiful monestry.
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Hemis Shukpachan
@sierrakingma
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Likir
@sierrakingma
Small village famous for it´s buddhist monastery.
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Alchi
@sierrakingma
Little village with one of the oldest monasteries.
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Details

Markha valley trek

Chilling
@sierrakingma
Starting point of the Markha valley trek. You can reach it by taxi or try hitchhiking. There´s not much to do in chilling so i recommend to walk immediately to the next village Skiu.
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Skiu
@sierrakingma
First little village to stay the night
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Nimaling Camping Ground
@sierrakingma
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