If someone rightly said about Kashmir “if there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here” then for Ladakh one can safely say “heaven on the roof of earth”.
The ultimate travel destinations may be the debatable selections for many, but not for those who have been to Leh Ladakh and J&K, at least once in the lifetime. God has bestowed his bounties here in the shape of green valleys & forests, lakes & rivers and majestic vertical snowclad Himalayas. What else one can ask for, when the opportunities for incredible sightseeing, exciting adventures, engrossing excursions, visits to high profile religious and historical places are all accessible here.
Leh city is a high altitude place on the roof of Himalaya. It’s the capital of the Leh region in northern Indian state of J&K. Situated at the height of 3524 m (11562 feet), Leh is in between the erstwhile trade route that connected India and China. This route was used by Fa-xian the 5th century Chinese traveler, who is said to have discovered Ladakh. It was a stopover for trading caravans as it was the only settlement before hundreds of miles of wilderness. Leh is now known more for its Tibetan Buddhist sites, historical places such as Leh Palace, enchanting sightseeing and high hills trekking.
Topographically, Leh district is mountainous with three parallel ranges of the Himalayas, the Zanskar, the Ladakh and the Karakoram. Between these ranges, the Shayok, Indus and Zanskar rivers flow and most of the population lives in valleys of these rivers.
Leh district with 45100 sq. km area is second biggest in India after Kutch Gujarat. It has Pakistan occupied Kashmir on the West, China in North- East, and Lahul Spiti Himanchal Pradesh located on south-east.