Top ChoicePalace in Leh

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...

Top ChoiceLake in Srinagar

Dal Lake

Dal Lake

Over 15km around, Dal Lake is Srinagar's jewel, a vast sheet of water reflecting the carved wooden balconies of the houseboats and the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains. Flotillas of gaily painted shikaras...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Monastery in Thiksey

Thiksey Gompa

Glorious Thiksey Gompa is one of Ladakh’s biggest and most recognisable monasteries, photogenically cascading down a raised rocky promontory. At its heart, the main dukhang (prayer hall) oozes atmosphere, and a...

Top ChoiceLadakhi in Alchi

Alchi Kitchen

Alchi Kitchen offers a rare chance to taste traditional Ladakhi foods made with a modern twist. The striking, mod-trad open kitchen runs out flavoursome skyu (vegetable stew containing something like a barley...

Top ChoiceCafe in Leh

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...

Top ChoiceMulticuisine in Leh

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...

Top ChoiceKashmiri in Srinagar

Ahdoos Restaurant

This historic restaurant (a century old in 2018) is the classiest place in town to try meaty wazwan (traditional Kashmiri multicourse meal) dishes such as methi maaz (mutton with fenugreek) and rista (minced lamb...

Top ChoiceCafe in Leh

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...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Alchi

Choskhor Temple Complex

The original murals and statues within these four outwardly modest 11th-century temples are considered the crowning glory of Ladakh’s Indo-Tibetan art. The complex was founded by ‘Great Translator’ Lotsava...

Top ChoiceVillage in Kargil

Hundarman Broq

Set in a sharp mountain gully 11km northeast of Kargil, the tumbledown ghost village of Hundarman is a remarkable sight. Rocky crags tower above, a steeply raked arc of stone-walled terraces sits below and...

Top ChoiceMosque in Srinagar

Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan

Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan

This distinctively spired 1730s Muslim pilgrim hall is Srinagar’s most beautiful mosque. It was constructed without any nails, and both frontage and interiors are covered in exuberantly painted paper mache...

Top ChoiceLadakhi in Leh

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...

Top ChoiceIndian in Jammu

Falak

This smart revolving restaurant serves superb tandoori kebabs and pan-Indian dishes while offering 360-degree views of the crowded Jammu cityscape. Try the Jammu speciality khatta gosht dhoonidar (smoked lamb...

Top ChoiceFood & Drinks in Leh

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...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Monastery in Yapola Valley

Wanla Gompa

Above Wanla village, tiny medieval Wanla Gompa is dramatically perched on a towering knife-edge ridge flanked by two shattered tower remnants of a now-destroyed 14th-century fortress. Its carved porch is...

Top ChoiceMulticuisine in Thiksey

Café Cloud

Hidden behind adobe walls, 1km from Thiksey, this upmarket garden restaurant is essentially the only choice for quality European food east of Leh. Dishes include pan-seared basa fish, Thai curry, an Indian combo...

Top ChoiceGardens in Srinagar

Nishat Bagh

Of all Srinagar's Mughal gardens, Nishat Bagh is arguably the most appealing, with beautiful water features that frame a lovely lake panorama. It's on Foreshore Rd, 7.5km from Nehru Park.

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 Diskit

Diskit Gompa

Directly above Old Diskit, a 2km spaghetti of hairpins winds up to this photogenic monastery complex, much of which dates to between the 14th and 17th centuries. At the back far right-hand corner of the medieval...

Buddhist Monastery in Lamayuru

Yungdrung Gompa

Lamayuru's gompa is one of the most photogenic Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. Behind glass within the gompa’s main prayer hall is a tiny cave-niche in which 11th-century mystic Naropa (AD 1016–1100) meditated.