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72 hours in Leh – where to go, what to eat, what to do and more

The perfect itinerary, handcrafted for you!
Leh's landscape

Welcome to Leh, Ladakh, where every corner is frame-worthy (No wonder our entire Instagram community seems to be there). Just like countless travellers, our team members couldn’t resist the allure of this breathtaking destination, so we packed our bags, charged our cameras, and set off on a thrilling 72-hours in Leh.

If you plan to visit Leh, make sure to acclimatise to the high altitude gradually to avoid altitude sickness. Drinking plenty of water and taking it easy during the first day, or days is essential. At remote locations some facilities may be limited, so it’s essential to come prepared with the necessary supplies and of course, a spirit of adventure!

Nestled at a higher altitude, the weather here can be bone-chilling, but the clear blue skies, crisp mountain air, and starry night sky make up for it by a far mile.

Our experience there was no less than life-changing, and we’re back with many memories, some recommendations, and exciting tips for you!

Plan hassle-free 72 hours in Leh

Leh at night

Photo: Tamiksha Rathore / The Lab Mag

Day 1: Acclimatisation and Taking it Slow

All flights to Leh land in the morning. We know you’re a bunch of excited explorers, so quickly check into your cosy hideaway. But hey, no time for jet lag. Leh’s altitude doesn’t mess around. Take at least a day to acclimatize and rest.

Our recommendation: carry books and games.

Pro Tip: Buy an oxygen can (spray bottle) to be safe. It’s hot in the sun but cools down in the evening. Carry a jacket and a scarf for those temperature twists!

For lunch, head straight to Cafe Montagne which shall bless your growling tummies with the yummiest welcome meal.
Our recommendation: Thai prawn curry with Local Greens, and the Tomato and Pickled Ladakh Peach bruschetta. Ma shimpo!

Leh Market

Photo: Tamiksha Rathore / The Lab Mag

In the evening, you can explore Leh Market and shop for some beautiful Ladakhi silver jewelry, masks, and exquisite Kashmiri textiles.

Must visit: Central Asian Museum at the Tsas Soma garden!

For dinner, experience Ladakhi food’s culinary magic at Namza Dining.
Our recommendation: Yarkhandi pulao, momo and gyuma. Straight-up food coma!

Dinner at Namza

Photo: Tamiksha Rathore / The Lab Mag

Day 2: Monasteries, Palaces, and “Oh-My-Wow” Views!

After a slow morning, make your way for a wholesome brunch at Leh Cafe. If possible, a quick pit stop at Bodhi Terrace too.
Our recommendation: Leh Cafe (a wholesome Ladakhi breakfast & great coffee), Bodhi Terrace (delicious smoothie bowls)

Pro Tip: Keep a driver and car on Day 2 for the ultimate convenience.

Next stop: Hemis Monastery, the richest and largest of Ladakh’s monastic world! It’s famous, it’s beautiful, and it even has a museum.

Picture of a monastery

Photo: Tamiksha Rathore / The Lab Mag

For a light lunch, visit the Stok Palace at Shey.

Next, head to Shanti Stupa, the ultimate “Wow!” spot. Ngl, you’ll forget how to blink!

A view in Leh

Photo: Tamiksha Rathore / The Lab Mag

Pro Tip: Neha Snacks is a gem! Stop by for mouthwatering Amritsari kulcha—a pit stop you won’t regret! Stop on your way from Stok Palace to Shanti Stupa.

Dinnertime means one thing—savouring a Tibetan feast at Tibetan Kitchen!

Day 3: Beyond Leh—Let’s Get Wild! (Optional)

Feeling adventurous? If you’ve got some extra days to play with, Leh’s got more surprises in store!

Building of Leh

Photo: Tamiksha Rathore / The Lab Mag

  • Visit the stunning, holy, “hidden lake,” the best-kept secret of Ladakh, Yarab Tso Lake in Nubra Valley
  • Tso Moriri (Wetlands): A date with cute marmots and a dip in hot springs? Count us in!
  • Bungee jumping: Just 45 minutes away from Leh, you can scream your lungs out (in a good way)!
  • Pangong Lake: The famous blue lake! Book a room overlooking the lake, and wake up to the dreamy sunrise. Heart eyes all the way!

Travel Tips:

  • When exploring outside Leh, expect veggie delights—dal chawal and parathas will become your BFFs!
  • The Seabuckthorn juice is a must-try. Isn’t a culinary delight instead, it’s like a wellness shot that keeps the doctor away (and very hard to find around the country)!
    Leh landscape

    Photo: Tamiksha Rathore / The Lab Mag