Top ChoiceFood & Drinks in Leh


Fill up drinking-water bottles here (₹7 per litre). Dzomsa also offers an environmentally friendly laundry service (₹95 per kg, same day service if given before 11am), fresh apricot and seabuckthorn juices, and a...

Clothing in Leh

Jigmat Couture

Ladakh's first home-grown fashion house uses local design as starting inspiration and sources much of its raw material from nomadic herders. This is the kind of cool ethnic clothing you could actually wear back...

Books in Leh

Ladakh Bookshop

Hidden upstairs opposite the entrance to Chokhang Vihara, this excellent bookshop publishes locally relevant works and stocks the updated 2013 edition of Olizane’s indispensible Ladakh Trekking Maps.

Sports & Outdoors in Leh

Venture Ladakh

Mountaineering outfit that rents trekking and climbing gear such as tents (₹200), crampons (₹100) and stoves (₹50), sells trekking gas cannisters (₹500) and runs off-the-beaten-track climbs and treks. Contact...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Leh


Upmarket boutique of Tibetan crafts that is part of the Tibetan Government in Exile's Norbulinka Institute of Tibetan Culture. Top-notch products include scarves, handmade paper, cushions, clothes and bags....

Food & Drinks in Leh


This outlet of Dzomsa in Upper Changspa has all the services of the main branch – water refills, laundry service and organic local products and juices.

Market in Leh

Nowshera Bazaar

This pedestrianised street of tiny shops is full of tailors and barbers, but several shops also sell prayer flags, Chinese brocade, carpets and other Buddhist paraphernalia.

Books in Leh

Lehling Bookshop & Cafe

This well-stocked bookshop is the first in Leh to install its own comfortable coffee shop area, with very decent espresso and wi-fi that actually works.

Gifts & Souvenirs in Leh

Tibetan Refugee Market

Leh has several colourful handicraft markets run by long-term Tibetan refugees, many from families who first fled to Ladakh more than 50 years ago.

Arts & Crafts in Leh


A disorganised collection of locally produced crafts, greeting cards and woollen clothes.