Leh is the district headquarter of Ladakh situated at an altitude of 3500 metres. Hemis, the largest of the gompas, founded in the 17th century, is the most accessible of all the monasteries in Ladakh. Other monasteries are Shey (15 kms. From Leh), Spituk (8 kms. From Leh), Thiksey (17 kms. From Leh). Leh is connected by flights from Delhi, Jammu and Chandigarh.

If you are in love, visit Leh, even if only with the Hills. This fantastic place in Ladakh has a dreamy landscape, and a cool weather, with some of the most colourful people in the world. An old school of Tibetan Buddhism, the rituals of the folk are as interesting as their handicrafts and behavior. And by interesting I mean, interesting, very interesting, for scholars and layman alike.
Shey - The Shey palace and the adjacent Gompa is a major attraction for both general tourists and Buddhist devotees. The game of sunlight and the Hills of Shey is a never surpassable natural beauty, and the religious monuments of the place attract hoards of people. The Buddha figures and the numerous murals is some of them.

How to reach
Air - Leh airport is connected to all major Indian cities.

Rail - Rail routes are not convenient since they are far, nearest station is at Jammu.

Road - Road journeys, rather say, safaris are exciting, the main route being Leh-Srinagar-Leh.

Where to stay
In Leh, hotel Singhe Palace could be a good option for a stay. Besides, there are guesthouses to experience local customs and lifestyle.