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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 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.
Multicuisine in Leh

La Piazzetta

Candles, lanterns, muralled walls and an open fire (on colder nights) create a warmly underlit appeal that keeps this garden restaurant buzzing well after most have closed - it's the one place you might still get fo…
Buddhist Temple in Leh

Chowkhang Gompa

Hidden in a large courtyard behind Main Bazaar, the small, 20th-century Chowkhang Gompa has a gilt-roofed prayer room strung with hundreds of prayer flags. It’s the headquarters of the Ladakh Buddhist Association.