• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Volunteering, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Romantic
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Explore downtown Leh on an old city heritage walk through the main Bazaar.

This walking tour is provided by Leh Ladakh Tours, also known as Trekking in Ladakh, and introduces tourists to this incredibly unique city in the heart of the Indian Himalayas.

Leh is the capital city of the larger Ladakh region of northern India, but borders so close to Tibet that most of the food, faces, monasteries, and relics you'll see are primarily Tibetan. The town almost completely closes down to the outside world during the winter months when the roads and airport are inaccessible due to ice and winter weather. The elevation of Leh is right around 11,500 feet, so visitors from sea level should add an extra day or two of acclimatizing before setting out on any treks or strenuous travels.

Of course, during those acclimatization days, you'll be in the heart of one of the richest emblems of Buddhist culture. Leh is packed with cafes, restaurants, guiding companies, gift shops, government agencies and postal offices, and everything in between that you'd ever need. There are an abundance of hostels and hotels to choose from, whether you're looking for a $1 shared room or a $50 private deluxe suite.

From the Leh Ladakh Tours office, follow Fort Rd. northeast towards the center of town - you won't be able to miss the massive Leh Palace that overlooks everything. Directly below the palace is a kilometer-long pedestrian street that is considered to be the main bazaar. Locals purchase groceries and sell each other goods here on the weekends, and during the week days, you'll have no shortage of tea or snack options along this walk. Bring a book (or pick one up at the Ladakh Bookstore), and enjoy a relaxing stroll around town.

Pack List

  • Diamox, in case altitude affects you poorly
  • Good walking shoes that will keep out dust and dirt
  • Plenty of sun protection - glasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Guide book or simple translations sheet
  • Camera!
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