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Top Choice Mosque in Srinagar

Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan

This distinctively spired 1730s Muslim meeting hall is one of Srinagar’s most beautiful. It was constructed without using any nails and both frontage and interiors are covered in papier-mâché reliefs and elaborately…
Ecological Products in Leh


Offers an environmentally friendly laundry service (per kg ₹95), water refills (per litre ₹7), juices (per glass/litre ₹20/80) and range of local products and secondhand books.
Top Choice Lake in Srinagar

Dal Lake

Over 15km around, Dal Lake is Srinagar's jewel, a vast, mirror-flat sheet of water reflecting the carved wooden balconies of the houseboats and the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains. Flotillas of gaily painted…
Top Choice Palace in Leh

Leh Palace

Bearing a passing similarity to the Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibet), this nine-storey dun-coloured palace is Leh's dominant structure and architectural icon. It took shape under 17th-century king Sengge Namgyal but h…
Top Choice Asian in Leh


This effortlessly stylish pan-Asian restaurant, with a solid reputation for quality wok dishes and Thai curries, now even offers trad-Ladakhi skyu (flat barley ‘gnocci’ in vegetable stew). The outdoor terrace is rai…
Top Choice Cafe in Leh

Lala’s Art Cafe

Idea for old-town ambience, this tiny, mud-brick house was saved from demolition and brilliantly restored in 2006. It has trip-you-up stone steps and an open roof terrace serving French-press coffee (₹50) and origin…
Buddhist Monastery in Thiksey

Thiksey Gompa

Glorious Thiksey Gompa is one of Ladakh’s biggest and most recognisable monasteries. Covering a large rocky outcrop with layered Tibetan-style buildings, it’s a veritable monastic village incorporating shops, a scho…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Leh

Bon Appetit

Hidden down unlikely footpaths south of Changspa Rd, Leh’s top restaurant is a stylish exercise in Ladakhi minimalist architecture. The menu is short but well chosen, offering artistically prepared fried aubergine-s…
Top Choice Cafe in Leh

Nati Cafe

Inexpensive beverages, cake-of-the-day and local snacks served in an authentically styled old-Ladakhi kitchen.
Italian in Leh

Il Forno

Il Forno is a partly unshaded rooftop with views of both town and fortress. There's a fairly reliable supply of (sometimes cold) beer and the wood-oven pizzas (₹220 to ₹290) are thin-crust with ample cheese.