Leh is a jewel crowning the Himalayas. This high desert city in Jammu and Kashmir was an important trade route of the Indus civilization in the bygone days. One can reach here via road either from Manali or Srinagar. Ladakh hasa high altitude extreme desert climate with the mercury dropping to -20°C in the winter months. Khardung-La boasts of being the highest motorable mountain pass in the world. Situated at an elevation of 17582 feet above sea level, this icy slush covered route has sharp turns and steep drops. Untouched by humans this remote landscape is breathtakingly beautiful.
The most prominent building in Leh is the Palace of the King of Ladakh. This palace was also the residence of Dalai Lama before he moved to Dharamshala. Pangong Lake lies at the Indo China border and is famed for its scenic beauty. Some significant Buddhist places of worship here are The Hemis Monastery, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Soma Gompa, Tak tok Gompa, Thiksey Gompa.
Popular things to do in Leh are white water rafting in the Indus river, yak safari, trekking, mountain biking and photography. Leh may be a small town but it has a good number of shops selling locally made Tibetan handicraft items.