The gateway to Ladakh and ‘The Land of Lamas’, Leh is a small but vibrant town. A melting pot of religion, along one street you might hear the chanting of Buddhist monks, a muezzin calling his brothers to prayer or the bells and dedications of a Hindu temple. Our pick of the best places to stay in Leh are all ideally located for exploring the town’s attractions.
This congregation of faiths and cultures is reflected in the food too. With plenty of cafes and restaurants you can sample Tibetan momos and Kashmiri kebabs in a couple of strides.
A great place to stop off for some rest and recuperation, a slap up meal and a spot of shopping either before or after beginning your adventures. There are plenty of agencies in town to help you book everything from treks to the Zanskar Valley, white water rafting down the River Indus, a motorbike trip to Pangong Lake or traversing the Ladakhi plateau by pony. There are countless ways to explore this land of extremes.
Our pick of things to do whilst you're here include:
Our pick of the best places to stay in Leh all provide a comfortable stay within easy reach of town.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Leh to start to plan your trip. Or you can check out all our recommendations in Jammu and Kashmir, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
The Kaal provides a simple, yet homely stay in Leh. Rooms have wood panelling, living areas and large windows, typical of the region, which open up onto terraces or private balconies. Bathrooms are basic. There is a pleasant sunny garden and restaurant serving local dishes - momos are a speciality!
From the approach Gomang is your typical Ladakhi hotel, complete with intricate wood carving. Step inside and it is a stylish, boutique offering. Rooms feature hardwood flooring, beds with leather headboards and colourful scatter cushions. Bathrooms are clean and modern. And there's a sunny garden!