Leh being the head quarter of the district is the base to almost all the other places in Leh and one most probably would end up staying in Leh for at least two nights during a Leh trip.
Leh is also the only place where you can refill your fuel tanks in the region so make sure before leaving Leh to do so.
Leh being an international tourist spot there also is no dearth of hotels and guest houses and restaurants serving Indian and international cuisines.
Leh also has the main airport in the Leh Ladakh region.
Leh the head quarter of the district is a small town with monasteries and stupas almost at every turn however the two one shouldn't miss during the stay at Leh is the Shanti Stupa and the Chowkang monastery hidden in a large courtyard behind the main 'bazaar'.
The primary tourist attraction in Leh is still the 16 th century Leh palace the nine story structure which once used to be the tallest building in the world!
Built by the kings of Ladakh in 1553 the Leh Palace was once the world’s highest building. The primary attraction within the Leh city, Leh palace now only has the palace prayer room which lives up to the sense of former grandeur of Leh Palace.
There are Himachal and J&K govt buses plyng between Manali and Srinagar respectively to Leh and it takes two days to reach Leh from either of the two cities.
Shanti Stupa was built by a Japanese Buddhist organization, known as 'The Japanese for World Peace' to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism and to promote World Peace. Shanti Stupa is located on a hilltop in Changspa very close to the Leh town on the fort road. A white domed structure, Shanti Stupa paints a pretty picture at sunrise and sunset against the colors in the sky.
Tsemo Fort, a structure visible from anywhere in Leh is located on the same hill as the Leh Palace. Believed to have been the earliest royal residence of the Namgyal dynasty Tsemo fort is flanked by temples built in veneration of the guardian deities. With a full aerial view of the town of Leh, Tsemo fort commands a panoramic view of the town. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is located near the fort.
Just out of the Leh town on the way towards Khardung - La is the donkey sanctuary initiated by a South African photo journalist Joanne Lefson. The animals here in the donkey sanctuary are primarily those who are not capable of any work due to disabilities and have been abandoned.
Hall of Fame
Leh's War museum, or Hall of Fame as it is known is located on Leh airport road. A must see section is about Siachin glacier and life of army men in Siachin glacier including statistical information on Siachin glacier. There are several sections with information on Ladakh's culture and it's people.