Leh, the second largest city after Kutch was the capital of Ladakh kingdom, now Leh district in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the coldest region in the world located at a North of Indus river and is nestled at a distance of 434 kms from Manali. The city is now emerged as favourite tourists spot for trekking, valleys and breathtaking lakes.
Leh is desert region with extreme cold conditions and very harsh winters from October to early days of March. During peak winters the temperatures drops down -20°C. Intermittent snowfall occurs during winter making the climate still chill. Monsoon climate is witnessed by [wp_ad_camp_1] average downpours. Summers are warm with temperature below 33°C.
Leh is the cultural paradise and oasis of natural scenic beauty. The Buddhist religion is being dominated in the region. Tibetan culture is prevalent due to its closeness to Tibet. Monastic rituals and festival are celebrated with much gusto throughout the region and celebrate this religious fervour in gompas and monasteries. These Buddhists festivals are major tourists’ attraction. Women are treated with respect and elevated status in Leh. All the festival chants are in Sanskrit or Tibetan.
Leh has mind blowing and stupendous sightseeing places to visit:
- Nubra Valley
- Thikse Monastery
- Leh Palace
- Shanti Stupa
- Magnetic hill
- Spituk Monastery
- Namgyal Tsemo Monastery
- Sankar Monastery
- Phyang Monastery
- Stok Monastery
Cuisines of Leh are directly related to items found in hilly altitudes. Meat dishes are most common in this region. Potatoes, pumpkins, beetroots and beans are cooked in mild spices and eaten with mutton and chicken savouries. The famous food is Sku and Thukpa, Pava and Khambir. Apricot jam is most favoured among tourists who eat it along with bread. Food festival is organized with many lip smacking dishes to attract tourists. Dry fruits, spices and spices are commonly used in ample quantity in cooking. With fabulous aroma Leh food satisfies your hunger and soothes your soul. Gurgur tea prepared from Yak milk and authentic spices is famous and yummy.
Shopping in Leh provides fascinating experience. Brassware, mortar, pestles, authentic Ladakhi tea pots, bells, cymbals, Buddha idols, jade rings, bracelets, bangles, watches, pearl strings, bags, blankets, prayers wheels, copper samovars etc. The handicraft items showcase the cultural heritage of the region and are used by local people which are crafted with beautiful art work of the local artisans.
Pattu a unique warm and woollen fabric is famous here. [wp_ad_camp_3] Pashmina shawls, carpets, hand woven woollen clothes and hand prayer wheel are sure to occupy place in your shopping bags. Tibetan silver jewellery is favoured by all the tourists.
There are umpteen numbers of stay options to cater to every hue. Most of the accommodations are family run and so one gets warm personal services as compared to professional ones. Guest houses are quite common catering to diversifies needs of upper class, middle and the economy ones. Accommodation as paying guests in some of homes is also another option one can go for. Government run tourists’ bungalows offer best place at affordable rates but has to be booked in advance.