Things To Do
In the main market of Leh, you are at almost 3500m above sea level at approx 77° 34̍ 40̎ E & 34° 09̍ 60̎̎ N. The town is a tiny metropolis in peak summer. It is the centre of all tourist activity and has all the amenities you might need, be it hotel, restaurants, banks, shops, taxis, etc.
Khar or Lachen Palkhar or the royal palace built in the 17th century is the iconic-landmark of the town. The nine-storey enormous palace is one of the oldest and largest single structure monuments found anywhere in the world and is truly an architectural masterpiece. The palace was built in the late 1630s by King Sengge Namgyal (1616-1642).
Shopping Adventure Tourism
The Adrenaline Rush
Adventure travel in Ladakh is dramatically different from the rest of India - it opens your eyes and mind to a different world. A world of humility and compassion. To some extent Ladakh in itself is a destination for an adventurist. It is not meant for the ‘fragile’ tourist. Even the sights to see are hundreds of kilometres away from Leh. However, core adventure in Ladakh means Trekking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, River rafting and Kayaking. Interestingly all of these sports have different grades for different level of adventurists.
Trained local guides are available for your treks and wildlife watching.
Trekking in Ladakh is one of the major attractions. It may range from a day-long trek to a nearby village to weeks of walking in the wilderness. The world in the desolate wilderness of Ladakh is quite different from modern civilisation and provides a firsthand knowledge of humanity in constant struggle for existence with harsh nature. Here time is neither digital nor analog, but a flow with the season.
There are plenty of mountain peaks (Kangri) in Ladakh above 6000m in the ranges of Karakoram, Ladakh, Zanskar and Great Himalayas.
One of the famous ranges ranges in the Zanskar region is the Stok Kangri (6153m). It is the most easily accessible peaks around Leh that can be climbed without specialised training and too much of technical equipment. With a suitable guide you can scale it in just 4 days .You can even see its streaked white peak from Leh town
There are quite a few travel agents organising river rafting in Ladakh. Several stretches are available. Hemis to Choglamsar on the Indus, and a wilder stretch on the Zanskar river from Chilling valley are among the more popular ones. Although there are some fixed routes, you can choose almost any stretch on the Indus depending on your appetite for adventure, budget and time.
Rafting on the Zanskar river is an ultimate game and is arranged as special packages. It passes through exhilarating gorges and wild waves between Padum and Nimo with rafting grades of III to IV.
A Cultural Experience
Memories to treasure
Buddhist culture and traditions conserved and nurtured in its purest form, are all there on a platter for a visitor to experience and savour from.
Ladakhi Homestays offers you a unique opportunity to stay with and share the culture of Ladakhi people in their traditional homes in a clean and comfortable room well furnished in Ladakhi style.