LEH – Historic Silk Route

Leh is located in the Indus river Valley at the cross roads of the old trading routes via Tibet, Kashmir and Kashgar. It is having its importance as the trading town which slowed down with the partition of the British India, and ended with the closure of the boarders in the year 1962 during the Sino-Indian war. It opened in 1974, and since then has become one of the tourist destination and you could see lots of people making their way to that location. It is at an altitude of 3524 metres and is connected via National Highway 1D to Srinagar in the South West and Manali in the Leh-Manali Highway. In the year 2010, it was damaged due to the floods which were caused due to the cloud burst.

How to reach Leh?

Mountains are dominating the landscape across the Leh and transportation is not an issue as you could reach via all the three modes air, train and roads. There is the state owned radio station which broadcasts the local news on regular basis. It is the place to go trekking as is offering wide ranges of routes. It is one of the best location for picking up Pashmina shawls with reasonable prices.

  • Via Air 

Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport are having daily flights from Delhi and the providers are Jet Airways and Air India / Indian Airlines are providing twice or weekly flights to Srinagar and even Go Air is operating daily flights from Delhi.

  • Via Train

There are no tracks of trains till now but there has been plan proposed for the same.

  • Via Road /Car

It is connected with two high-altitude roads which are both subject to landslides and they are not recommended to pass in winter as they are covered with snow. The Leh-Manali could be problematic due to due to plateaus and high passes along with landslide prone area of the Rohtang Pass near Manali. The two routes are known as National Highway 1D and Leh-Manali Highway.

Top 10 places to visit in Leh 

  • Shanti Stupa
  • Leh Palace
  • Hemis Gompha
  • Leh Trekking Trails
  • War Museum
  • Chamba Temple
  • Jama Masjid
  • Stok Palace
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Turtuk

Where to Eat and Stay?

Main Bazaar is having few sweet shops which are selling chana dal, samosas and other Indian Food along with sweets. If you are checking out for the Tibetan style restaurants then you should go through old town or the area near the bus stand. They are offering more than Thupka (noodle soup) and dumplings (Momos). There would be difficulty in finding vegetable dishes in such locations like Lamayuru Restaurants, German Bakery and Monalisa on the Old fort road which is offering non- Indian Cuisine at reasonable costs. You could go ahead and try out their pizzas and Momos. You could also find Cafe and Open Hand shop around the Old fort road which has South African and continental food along with good Western coffee.

Leh is having ample selection of the mid-range accommodations which are having decent offering of values. In case you are coming from Manali then there are few options with attached bathrooms which are offering hot water. Maximum of the guest houses you could find Northern suburbs in Changspa which has been converted into guest houses. They are surrounded with the farmer’s fields and often providing marvellous views to spend couple of weeks unwinding yourself. It is quite easy to wander around the areas and could find out suitable guesthouses which could hit your budget. Some of the budgeted hotels mentioned are- Kang-La Hotel,Oriental guest house, Khan Manzil Guest house, Shanti Guest house etc.

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