Situated at an altitude of 3500m above sea level, Leh is the biggest town in the Ladakh region. With a population of more than 30,000 that is predominantly Buddhist, Leh is an internationally revered destination for followers of Buddhism. A key stop in the ancient Indo-China trade route, Leh has always been an important trading city with its stock of silk, indigo, wool, and salt.

In terms of landscape, the city is surrounded by a surreal view of the mountains in the Indus Valley. Leh is also home to a lot of beautiful monasteries that are a divine addition to this scenic city. Monuments like Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa, and Cho Khang Gompa provide a lot of depth to the rich cultural and religious history of the Ladakh region. For tourists intending to explore the Ladakh region, it is a good option for them to setup base in Leh and go on multiple day trips to places within Ladakh.  

Current weather: -8 degrees

Famous for: Sightseeing, Religious visit

Experience type: City

Best time to visit: May to September