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Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India

How much does it cost to travel to Leh?

You should plan to spend around $39 (₨3,243) per day on your vacation in Leh. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $14 (₨1,147) on meals
  • $7.86 (₨657) on local transportation
  • $34 (₨2,820) on hotels

A one week trip to Leh for two people costs, on average, $543 (₨45,397). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Leh cost?

A one week trip to Leh usually costs around $272 (₨22,699) for one person and $543 (₨45,397) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Leh on average costs around $543 (₨45,397) for one person and $1,086 (₨90,794) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Leh will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Leh on average costs around $1,164 (₨97,279) for one person and $2,328 (₨194,559) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Leh has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Leh expensive to visit?

Leh is a very affordable place to visit. Located in India, which is a very affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Leh in depth.

Within Asia, Leh is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Asia for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Luang Prabang, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Taipei.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Leh Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Leh?

The average Leh trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Leh travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

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Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 2,820 ($34)
Local Transportation 1 657 ($8)
Food 2 1,147 ($14)
Entertainment 1 1,200 ($14)
Alcohol 2 233 - 699 ($3 - 8)
Accommodation Budget in Leh
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Leh is $17 (₨1,410). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Leh is $34 (₨2,820). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Leh

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Leh based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $71. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Leh
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Leh is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $7.86 (₨657) per person, per day, on local transportation in Leh.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Leh
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Leh can vary, the average cost of food in Leh is $14 (₨1,147) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Leh should cost around $5.49 (₨459) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Leh is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Leh
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Leh typically cost an average of $14 (₨1,200) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Leh
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $5.57 (₨466) on alcoholic beverages in Leh per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Leh On a Budget
Leh Leh, India
Leh is a small town located in the Indus river valley at a crossroads of the old trading routes from Kashgar, Tibet, and Kashmir. Today, the town is best known for its Buddhist sites and nearby trekking areas. It is situated in northern India, amidst the mountainous Himalayan range.
The former Palace of the King of Ladakh is the most noticeable building in Leh, first built in the 17th century modeled after the Dalai Lama's former home (at Tibet's Potala Palace). The views of the outside are impressive, while the inside is a maze of corridors fun for exploring. Most of the palace is empty except for the Buddhist prayer room at its center which is furnished.

As far as temples go, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa was built in 1430 and sits above the Palace, while Karma Dupgyud Choeling is a monastery in the Karma Kagyu tradition. Just around the corner from the main Bazaar is Soma Gompa, which also serves as the location of the Ladakhi Buddhist Association, a conservative political organization with ties to Hindutva groups.

Lying on the Indo-China border there is also a stunning high-altitude lake called Pangong Tso, surrounded by mountain scenery. The drive is about 5 hours from Leh, so an overnight is recommended.

Other attractions include the Shanti Stupa, Nubra Valley, a War Museum, and a Donkey Sanctuary. Within the Nubra Valley visitors will find spectacular mountain scenery as well as a desert with sand dunes around the towns of Diskit and Hunder. Lying on the old silk route from South to Central Asia, the valley is also a piece of history.
Being a small town, it is easy to get around on foot. The old town is a charming compact area of traditional mud brick houses and narrow lanes, located just east of the main Bazaar. Throughout town, there are plenty of opportunities for shopping at the bazaars and markets of Leh. Popular items with tourists include pashmina garments, locally handmade woolen socks, gloves, caps and sweaters, prayer wheels, Buddhist masks and Thangka paintings, Tibetan silver and traditional jewelry with turquoise, as well as handwoven rugs. A few specific markets in Leh include the Tibetan Market off the Old Leh Road for clothes and Moti Market near the Leh bus stand. Bargaining is commonly practiced at the open markets.

Leh is a popular home base for trekking, with a number of possible routes through the mountainous region of Ladakh. White water rafting on the Zaskar and Indus rivers is also common and can be organized from Leh. With beautiful scenery just about everywhere, many visitors enjoy camping at places like Pangong Lake and on the sand dunes of Nubra Valley. Cycling tours and safaris can also be arranged, as well as unique activities like a carpet or pashmina workshop. During the summer, polo is also popular in Leh, as is archery (though mostly during festivals when competitions are held).
Food and Dining
Cuisine in and around Leh consists largely of chicken and mutton with vegetable which include pumpkins, potatoes, beans, and beetroots. Some staple meals of the region include thukpa (noodle soup usually with chicken and vegetables), skyu (thumb-sized pieces of kneaded dough cooked in a kind of soup), and momos (dumplings). Other specialties comprise of khambir (a whole wheat local bread baked into a pan shape), butter tea (salty tea churned with butter), and chang (a light local brew of beer). These dishes are common throughout the mountainous regions of the Himalayas. The shopping areas of the old town in Leh and the area around the bus station are good for Tibetan styled restaurants, although few offer more than thukpa (noodle soup) and momos (dumplings).

There are two roads into Leh--one from Manali in the south, and one from Srinagar in the west. Both routes are very scenic but time-consuming with winding, narrow roads, and a number of military checkpoints. The quickest way to travel (from Manali to Leh) is by jeep along a route that is also popular with motorcycles (which can be rented). It is also possible to travel by truck.

Buses are available from cities like Srinagar and Manali.

The closest train stations are Pathankot or Chandigarh, both at least three days away by bus.

Planes fly year-round to Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh. Flying is the only option in the winter season. Air India, Jet Airways, and GoAir have daily flights from Delhi and Air India flights are also available from Srinagar and Jammu. Be aware that luggage weight restrictions are strict and enforced.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.