Discovering Leh on Foot

Chances are you thoroughly enjoyed your walking tour of the Old Town and are up for more. Here are some suggestions, with starting points at different corners of the main bazaar.

Option 1 : Start at the historic Jama Masjid or nearby Jo-khang, a fairly new Buddhist shrine, in the corner of the main market. Stroll along the market and you will pass curio shops and women selling vegetables in baskets on the pavement. A slightly less congested area is Chang Gali, where you might want to purchase souvenirs and jewellery.

Option 2 : In an altogether different direction is the Tibetan market, where you can feel like a merchant of yore. Here you can bargain for pearls, turquoise, lapis lazuli and other semi-precious stones and jewellery. Also up for grabs – and your wallet! – are artefacts made of carved yak-horn, brass and china. If you’re up for some shopping, and why not, this is where you want to pick up souvenirs. Then savour your booty over a meal at one of the many restaurants or pavement cafes.

Option 3 : Head off from the main road from the bazaar near the Moravian Church and turn off to Changspa, a pretty suburb of Leh. It is located at the base of the hill on which the Shanti Stupa stands. Retrace your steps and make your way down Fort Road, to Skara, another prosperous suburb of Leh. From here, you can also see the ramparts of Zorawar Singh's fort. Continue further and turn off the main road, into Skara. From here, you can make your way to the centre of Leh.