5 things to do in 48 hours in Leh

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Here’s a quick to do list when you’ve got just 2 days in Leh.

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“Ladies and Gentleman we have arrived at the Leh Airport. The temperature outside is -5C degrees…” and that was the most astonishing message I had heard in my life. Until now, coffee has always been the answer to drive away from my sleep. But -5C defeated it.

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View of the Himalayas from the above.

What would you do if you had exactly 48 hours to spend in the desert city of Leh? (Sorry, it doesn’t count visiting the Pangong Lake as it is 5 hours away.) Scroll down to know more.

1.Shop at Main Bazaar – For all those who wouldn’t feel comfortable in the extreme cold, Main Bazaar would offer you all the essentials. From buying woolens to buying souvenirs, this is where you can satisfy your shopping needs.

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Main Bazaar, Leh.

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2.Spituk Monastery – Ever wish to see the landing of the planes at the beautiful Leh airport? Spituk monastery offers a breathtaking view of the city and the airport with a backdrop of the Himalayas.

View of the Leh airport & city from Spituk Monastery.

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Spituk Monastery

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3. Visit Leh Palace – Built in the 17th century by King Sengge Namgyal, it offers one of the best panoramic views of the Leh city. With 9 storeys high, it is also one of the tallest buildings of its time.

Leh Palace

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View of the town from Leh Palace

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4. Have Kashmiri & Tibetian Food – Leh is the perfect place to have authentic Kashmiri & Tibetian food. Head over to Main Bazaar to try out these cuisines.

Must visit for Kashmiri cuisine - Wazwan planet

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Kashmiri Kehwa

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Momos

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Chowmein

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Kashmiri Rogan Josh

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5. Buy Shilajit – Known to have many health benefits and found in the Himalayas, Shilajit is widely used in Ayurveda. Head over to the local street market opposite Main Bazaar for buying Shilajit.

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Shops selling Shilajit opposite Main Bazaar.

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Summary

Distance from Delhi

By road – 1258 km

By Air – 613 km

Places to Stay

5 star – The Grand Dragon

4 star – The Zen Ladakh

3 star – Hotel Nalanda

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