On the banks of the Indus River lies a beautiful city called “Leh” which is located in the Leh district of the Jammu and Kashmir state. This beautiful city is elevated at an altitude 3524 meters and connects to Srinagar via National Highway 1D and Manali via Leh-Manali Highway. This city is known for its scenic beauty and is a popular tourist destination. It is also the home of the Buddhist monks i.e. Lamas. It is also famous for ancient Buddhist monuments, mosques etc. Its landscapes are ideal for adventure related activities hence mountaineering, trekking, cycling etc are quite popular in this city. So if you are an ardent nature lover or you are looking for an adventure then “Leh” is definitely a destination that you need to explore.
How to get there?
This beautiful city has its own railway station which is well connected to many of major cities in the country.
There are a number of Jammu and Kashmir State Road and Transport Corporation (J&K SRTC) bus services that operate regular and deluxe bus service from Srinagar to Leh.
This city has its own airport called LehKushokBakulaRimpochee Airport which is located about 5 km from the main city. This airport is well connected to major cities in the country. There are various transport facilities available to Leh from the airport.
Climate and the best time Leh
The climate in Leh is pleasant in general except during winters. With the temperature during the summer months April to May ranges from 20 degrees to 30 degrees. The rainfall received during the monsoon season that begins in June and extends to September is heavy. The winters which begin in October and end in March are severe and the temperature ranges from -14 degrees minimum to 24 degrees maximum. The best time to visit Leh is from June to September.
Things to do
- Spituk Monastery: Is a monastery that offers a picturesque view of the Indus valley. This monastery has a vast collection of antique arms, ancient masks etc.
- Nubra Valley: Is a beautiful valley that comprises of bushes of yellow and pink wild roses. This valley also provides with magnificent views of snow clad mountains and a pleasant climate throughout the year.
- Leh Palace: Also called “LhachenPalkhar” this was palace was constructed in 1600 by DharmarajaSingeyNamgyal. It served as the official residence of the “Namgyal Dynasty”. The architecture of this palace is similar to Potala Palace of Tibet which features wooden balconies and huge walls. This palace is also considered as a major tourist attraction.
- Panamik: Is an extremely beautiful village located in the Nubra Valley. This hamlet is known for its hot water springs and beautiful colorful trees that can be witnessed during the months of September to October. This is scenic village is popular tourist destination especially for explorers.