Top things to do in Ladakh

Top Choice Palace in Leh

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 but …
Top Choice Buddhist 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 Mait…
Top Choice Ladakhi 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 versio…
Top Choice Cafe 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 an…
Top Choice Multicuisine 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 and…
Top Choice Cafe 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 mello…
Top Choice Buddhist 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 Ringchen …
Top Choice Ladakhi 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 pasta s…
Top Choice Food & 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 ra…
Top Choice Buddhist 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 reminiscent…