A land like no other with superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth.

Bounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. Ladakh is mystical in all the spheres it covers, from nature, geography, sceneries to the modest cultures that it fosters. Right from gompas to the sensational momos, the superabundance of attractions to visit makes this city make it heaven on earth. It is said that only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time.

Directions by road from the nearest airport

Weather forecast

    Getting there

    Closest By Air

    Leh Ladakh

    95 Kms 2 hours 30 mins

    Closest By Rail

    New Jalpaiguri

    106 Kms 3 hours

    Closest By Road

    Jorethang

    3 Kms 15 mins

    Siliguri

    85 Kms 3 hours

    Bagdogra

    93 Kms 4 hours

    Stok Palace

    Nubra Valley

    Likir Monastery

    Leh Palace

    Khardung la pass

    Varkala

    Mcleodganj

    Manali

    Khajjiar

    Dalhousie

    Places to Stay

    Thongsal Hotel,The Grand Dragon and Hotel City Palace are exotic with charismatic backdrops and scenery. The services are highly polished and ensures a happy and luxurious stay. Cheaper and budget flixible hotels and inns are also available.

    Restaurants

    Leh is a multicuisine city serving Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and even Korean. The cuisine here exhibits tints of these foreign influences. Visitors must try out the local dishes which almost define the cuisine here such as Thukpa, noodle soup;Tsampa, known in Ladakhi as Ngamphe (roasted barley flour), and Skyu which is a heavy pasta dish with plenty of veggies as well as the very popular and delicious Momos which are steamed dumplings stuffed with vegetables or meat.
    Drinks include Tea, coffee, beer and Chang which is an alcoholic beverage drunk especially on festive occasions.

    Local Food Restaurant

    Tibetan
    11 AM – 4 PM(Sunday Closed)
    INR 40-100

    As the name of the restaurant suggests, all the resources used in the preparation of the food are locally produced. It has a garden seating, but with a very restrictive menu.

    Women’s Alliance of Ladakh, Leh, India

    La Terrasse

    Continental, Italian
    8:30 AM to 10 PM
    INR 500

    Good food at a reasonable price, sit on the rooftop terrace to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. They also have an indoor dining room, in case it gets too cold.

    Main Bazaar, Leh 194101, India

    Cafe Jeevan

    Multi-cuisine
    9:30am-10:30pm
    INR 120-500

    Cafe Jeevan has a much more classy and sophisticated look as compared to most of the other eateries. It serves one of the best vegetarian pizzas in the whole of Leh, and is also known for its other dishes. Surprisingly though, the prices aren’t as high as compared to other eating joints

    Booklovers Retreat, Changspa Lane, Leh, India

    Sheldon Garden Restaurant

    Multi-cuisine
    10 AM- 10 PM
    INR 80-300

    Sheldon Garden Resort has a very peaceful atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a meal with one’s loved one. The candle lit garden serves some mouth watering Mexican, Italian and local fares.

    Changspa Lane, Ladakh, India

    Booklovers Retreat

    Cafe
    7 AM – 11 PM
    INR 60-120

    A two-case bookshop and an appealing covered roof terrace in one, Booklovers Retreat is a perfect place for those tourists who need to unwind and relax with a book in their hands, and also enjoy reasonably priced, good food.

    Changspa Lane, Ladakh, India

    La Piazetta

    Italian
    11AM to 11:30 PM
    INR 170-600

    The warm atmosphere complements the super-thin-crust pizzas, curries, pastas and some very imaginative creations.

    Near Moravian Mission School, Changspa Road, leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir – 194101, India

    Calabria

    Cafe
    INR 60-190

    Despite the very dingy and unimpressive decor, the vegetarian Indian and Chinese preparations steal the show. Excellent taste along with inexpensive pricing and decent service, makes this Cafe a must visit.

    Changspa Road, Ladakh, India

    Wonderland Restaurant & Coffee House

    Continental
    7AM-10:30PM
    INR 70-400

    The extremely elaborate and comprehensive menu contains dishes from multiple cuisines, at reasonable prices. It’s a rooftop restaurant, with both indoor and outdoor seating options, and away from the loudness of the main road.

    Changspa Road, Near Alpha Mess, Leh, Ladakh, India

    Cross Road

    Multi-cuisin
    INR 100-400

    Choose from a range of seating arrangements, and enjoy the fully garnished meals at this rooftop restaurant.

    Changspa Road, Ladakh, India

    Otsal Restaurant

    Italian
    INR 80-300

    To fully enjoy the bright and lively decor of this restaurant sit on the rooftop with lanterns and tibetan tables for company. Choose from a number of dishes. Wi-Fi is available here at Rs. 60 an hour.

    Changspa Road, Ladakh, India

    Summer Harvest

    Indian, Chinese, Tibetan
    10am-9pm
    INR 250-400

    The intricate wood work and mood lightig gives a different appeal altogether to the aesthetics of this restaurant. The spicy tinge added to their Continental buffet is bound to leave you wanting more.

    Fort Road, Leh, Ladakh, India

    Tenzin Dickey Tibetan

    Tibetan
    INR 40-120

    A small, cozy place having vegetarian Tibetan food.

    Fort Road, Leh, Ladakh, India

    Gesmo

    Continental
    INR 150-400

    Good value meals here include a range of local and continental curries, along with Yak cheese pizzas and cakes.

    Fort Road, Leh, Ladakh, India

    Grill & Curry

    Multi-cuisine
    9AM-10PM
    INR 90-400

    One can get a surprisingly good view of the palace and castle from this restaurant. Though it’s known for its special tandoori chicken preparation, an eccentric fusion of Mexican-Ladakhi cuisines is also on the cards.

    Fort Road, Leh, Ladakh, India

    Mona Lisa

    Multi-cuisine
    INR 70-400

    Mons Lisa offers a diverse, multi cuisine menu, on a rooftop seating.

    Fort Road, Leh, Ladakh, India

    Old Town Cafe

    Tibetan
    9 AM – 7 PM
    INR 40-100

    Located in the Lonpo House, in the shadow of Leh Palace, this cafe serves genuine Ladakhi fare.

    Lonpo House, Palace Area, Leh

    Amdo Food

    Tibetan
    INR 45-120

    Ignore the decor while you’re here and focus on the delicious, Tibetan food instead. The momos and the fried vegetarian wantons rank highest among the must try dishes on the menu.

    Leh Market, Above HDFC ATM, Leh, Ladakh, India

    Norlakh

    Himalayan
    10 AM- 10:30 PM
    INR 55-200

    Norlakh is an easy to miss place. But once you find it, you wouldn’t want to leave it because of its trendy decor and the lip-smacking Tibetan dishes.

    Main Bazaar, Leh 194101, India

    Dolphin Bakery

    Tibetan
    11:00AM-10:00PM
    INR 70-300

    Hidden next to a small river, enjoy food in the clean mountain air, with a tree shaded, open terrace.

    Malpak Alley, Leh

    Il Forno

    Continental
    INR 170-600

    Craving for some different tasting pizzas? Head over to Il Forno, where you can find the most amazing thin crust, wood-baked pizzas.

    Zangsti Road, Leh, India

    Ga-Skyit (Gyaki)

    Multi-cuisine
    INR 90-400

    Ga-Skyit is a multi cuisine restaurant near the main junction of Padum.

    Padum Village, Ladakh

    Hemis Restaurant & Camping

    Multi-cuisine
    INR 100

    Located within the Hemis Camping Grounds, this restaurant offers basic meals at cheap prices.

    Ladakh, India

    Bon Appetit

    Multi-cuisine
    INR 200-800

    Not an easy-to-find place, one has to search a bit for it. Reputed as Leh’s most imaginative restaurant, Bon Appetit has glass doors which offer a wide panorama of the southern mountains. A limited, but thoroughly scrumptious selection of artistically prepared dishes includes sublime cashew chicken in pesto sauce along with succulent tandoori grills.

    Changspa Road, Opposite Moravian Mission School, Leh, India

    Amigo Korean Cafe

    Kerala
    9 AM – 10 PM(Sunday Closed)
    INR 85-300

    This cafe is known for the wide range of authentic, Korean specialties it offers.

    Changspa Road,Opp. Morivan Mission School,Ladakh,India 194101

    Chopsticks Noodle Bar

    Asian
    12PM-12AM
    INR 110-400

    It takes a little effort to find this place – but a great place in Leh. It’s located near to Gezmo Cafe on the first floor on Fort road. The restaurant is tastefully done up, spotlessly clean, staff is very helpful and has very interesting style of menu, just tick your order on menu and hand over to server. The Tibetan Momos at Chopsticks are a must try. While not all dishes score high on taste, their Chinese, especially noodles, and Ladakhi dishes are definite menu picks.

    Street, Raku Complex, Fort Rd

    Lamayuru Restaurant

    Multi-cuisine
    7:30AM- 11PM
    INR 50-300

    This restaurant serves varieties of food ranging from Tibetan, Chinese, Israeli, North Indian etc. Their chicken Biryani is tasty and comes with raita, also reasonably priced.

    Near Hotel Yaktail, Fort Road, Leh194101, India

    Pumpernickel German Bakery

    Bakery, Cafe
    INR 50-250

    Located on Old fort Road in the main market of Leh, it cannot be missed with its big yellow board. The bakery boasts of a restaurant as well. Their most famous creation is Coconut Cookie and their second best is Choco Danish. Behind the simple bakery counter lies a merrily ramshackle dining room, with Ladakhi wooden columns. It offers a number of dishes spread across different cuisines.

    Old Fort Road, Zangsti Street, Main Bazar, Leh 194101, India

    Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro

    Cafe
    7:30am-9:30pm
    INR 50-250

    Open Hand Cafe serves one of the best coffees in the vicinity. The breakfasts, lunch and dinner are all worth a try. The Leh cafe also has a great shop of unique, fair trade handicrafts from all over India. Beautiful shop, relaxing atmosphere, good SAFE food.

    Behind Bijoo Hotel, Fort Rd, Past Penguin Garden Restaurant, Leh, India

    Tibetan Kitchen

    Tibetan
    INR 200-800

    Not an easy-to-find place, one has to search a bit for it. Reputed as Leh’s most imaginative restaurant, Bon Appetit has glass doors which offer a wide panorama of the southern mountains. A limited, but thoroughly scrumptious selection of artistically prepared dishes includes sublime cashew chicken in pesto sauce along with succulent tandoori grills.

    Changspa Road, Opposite Moravian Mission School, Leh, India

    Commuting Within Leh Ladakh

    The mystic and awe striking region of Ladakh is surrounded with gorgeous scenery and travelling through this region can indeed be a pleasure. There are buses, taxis, motorcycles and bicycles available for getting across Ladakh and you can choose the one that you deem fit.