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Leh Palace

Leh Palace

Bearing a passing similarity to the Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibet), this nine-storey dun-coloured edifice is Leh's dominant structure and architectural icon. It took shape under 17th-century king Singge Namgyal...

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Lala’s Art Cafe

Entered beside a 2000-year-old Dhyani Buddha stela, this tiny, traditional temple-like house was saved from demolition and immaculately restored in 2006. Stone steps lead to an atmospheric cafe with floor seating...

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Bon Appetit

Hidden down unlikely footpaths south of Changspa Rd, classy Bon Appetit has far more finesse than most in Leh, so consider booking. Much on the eclectic menu has an Italian feel, but you'll also find good salads...

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Ja Khang

Excellent coffee from a Faema machine served in an uncluttered pine interior that has a traditional Ladakhi-style seating area, simultaneously balancing the modern and traditional. Tibetan folk music creates a...

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Alchi Kitchen

This branch of the Alchi restaurant offers the same mix of traditional Ladakhi foods given a modern twist and served in contemporary, stylish decor (with a fine rooftop). Order a chutagi (traditional Ladakhi...

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Dzomsa

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...

Area in Leh

Leh Old Town

Behind Leh’s central Jamia Masjid, winding alleys and stairways burrow between and beneath a series of old mud-brick Ladakhi houses and eroded chortens. The alleys themselves are a large part of the attraction,...

Buddhist Monastery in Leh

Spituk Gompa

Founded in the late 14th century as See-Thub (Exemplary) Monastery, impressive Spituk Gompa surveys the Sengye Tsangpo (Indus) Valley, with surreal views of jets landing at Leh airport just below (it's a Buddhist...

Notable Building in Leh

LAMO

This arts-media trust occupies an adjoining pair of 17th-century Ladakhi mansions, one of which was the home of the munshi (king's secretary) and thus one of the finest homes of its era. Beautifully restored...

Castle in Leh

Tsemo Fort

Visible from virtually everywhere in Leh, 16th-century Tsemo (Victory) Fort is a defining landmark that crowns the top of Palace Ridge, though there's little to see inside apart from a tiny Buddhist shrine....

Museum in Leh

Central Asian Museum

One of Leh's most remarkable buildings, this tapered four-storey stone tower is a modern construction based on a historic Lhasa mansion and built on the site of an old caravan camp. The museum looks at Leh's role...

Asian in Leh

Tibetan Kitchen

Local families tend to eat at home, but for a special treat this is one of the few tourist-area restaurants they are likely to come to, thanks to ever-reliable Chinese, tandoori (after 6pm), Indian and especially...

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Food Planet

A Russian–Indian couple has created a menu that really covers the globe. Expect a lot of the more interesting seasonal dishes to be unavailable (guacamole, Uzbek shorba soup) but the chicken breast with mango...

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...

Ladakhi in Leh

Ladakh Women's Café

This tiny little upstairs place run by a local women's group has a local vibe and unbeatable rock-bottom prices. Food is limited to a single lunch dish of the day (skiu stew on Wednesdays and Saturdays), so come...

Area in Leh

Sankar

For a charming wander, follow canal streams in the captivating yet relatively accessible area around little Sankar Gompa and the one-room geological museum. From here continue west to the nearby 11th-century...

Buddhist Monastery in Leh

Sankar Gompa

The timeless two-storey Sankar Gompa is Upper Leh's modest main monastery. It's a calming, meditative place, and the walk to reach it from Sankar Lane takes you past a curious stupa-monument.

Buddhist Monument in Leh

Tisseru Stupa

Ladakh's largest stupa is unlike anything else in the region – a giant, bulky mud-brick structure that looks like a half-built ziggurat (stepped pyramid).

Ladakhi in Leh

Namza Restaurant

This new open-air restaurant hidden at the back of a fashion boutique feels like a bit of an upscale town secret, which combined with the seating under a fabric-draped garden pergola gives it a lush, romantic...

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Wonderland Restaurant & Coffee Shop

Of several long-established rooftop restaurants on Changspa Rd, ever-popular Wonderland has neither the best view nor the snazziest decor but the food is consistently reliable, especially the Indian and Tibetan...