Location: Northern Most Part of Jammu & Kashmir, India
Altitude: Leh 3505 m
Population: Approx. 2.40 lakh in the 2 districts of Leh & Kargil
Languages: Ladakhi including Balti / Purgi, Shina or Dardic, Urdu / Hindi
Ethnic composition: Mongoloid/Tibetan, Dardic and assorted Indo-Aryan elements
Max: 25 Degree Centigrades
Min: 8 Degree Centigrades
Max: (-) 5 Degree Centigrades
Min: (-) 20 Degree Centigrades
Rain-fall: 15cm, 6" (annual average)
Ideal Season: May to September
Dining: Leh town has a range of restaurants which serve Indian, Chinese, Tibetian and a host of European meals.
Temperature in winter touches as low as minus 30 degree (Leh & Kargil) and minus 60 degree in (Drass) subzero temp. prevails from December to February throughout Ladakh, whereas, zero degree temp. is experienced during rest of winter months. This results in freezing of all conceivable water resources. During summers the maximum temp. increases from 20 degree C to 38 degree C in July and August
Clothing: Light/Medium woolens in summers to Heavy woolens in winter
Ladakhi is the main language of Ladakh. Other languages spoken are Balti, Shina, Brokshat and Changshat. In hotels and restaurants, staffs speak English and Hindi, while tourist guides are well versed with the language.
Permit and Passport
Tourist don't require permit for Leh, however, all foreigners are required to be registered at Drass, Rumtse and Serchu if they are travelling overland. Those traveling by air get themselves registered at airport. Tourists are required to get permit for restricted areas like Tsomoriri, Tsokar and Pangong Lakes, Dhahanu and Nubra Valley, which can be obtained from District Magistrate, Leh, through Travel Agents at Leh.
Avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
If you are travelling to Leh by Air, you must allow a full day of complete bed rest for acclimatizing to the high altitude and low level of oxygen. High altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a serious condition that can happen to anyone at altitudes above 3000 meters or 10000 feet. Tourists are advised complete bed rest for a day.
Credit Cards & ATM Machine
Credit cards are accepted by very few hotels and tour operators but there will be 2.5% service charge. HDFC, Axis, Jammu & Kashmir Bank and State Bank of India has ATM Machines in the main Leh market.
Polo match below the palace
Road to Leh
Chortens at Shey