Perched high in the Himalayan mountain kingdom of Ladakh, Leh is surrounded by rugged peaks and overlooked by the imposing ruins of the former palace, its style reminiscent of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. At an altitude of 3,500 metres, a few days of acclimatisation are required, but the laidback charm and stunning surrounds of the town invite a slower pace.
While the town itself is a bustling warren of shops and restaurants, just a short walk brings you to crystal clear mountain streams and lush fields, set against a backdrop of cragged mountain peaks. Adrenaline-junkies are spoilt for choice with trekking and white water rafting, while the wealth of monasteries, gompas and temples offer a fascinating insight into Buddhism in this remote region.
Shakti Ladakh Village Houses
Ladakh, Himalaya, India
The Shakti Ladakh Village Houses maximise the authentic experience of witnessing rural Himalayan life, yet have been uniquely renovated to produce comfortable havens, blending old world Himalayan charm with a dash of sophistication.
The Ultimate Travelling Camp - Chamba Camp, Thiksey
Thiksey, Himalaya, India
The Ultimate Travelling Camp moves to Ladakh in the summer months from mid June to the end of September. Their Chamba Camp in Thiksey provides sumptuous tented accommodation, from which you are able to explore this magical part of India in style.
The Ultimate Travelling Camp - Diskit, Nubra Valley
Diskit, Himalaya, India
The Ultimate Travelling Camp moves to Ladakh in the summer months from mid June to the end of September. Their Diskit Camp in Nubra Valley provides more eco-tented accommodation, for a more rural experience on this nomadic voyage.
Snow Leopard Lodge
Uley, Himalaya, India
Snow Leopard Lodge is located at just under 4,000 metres above sea level in the remote Ulley Valley and is the only dedicated wildlife lodge in the area of Ladakh. The lodge is simple but provides everything you need to explore this spectacular area.