Leh FAQs

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There are several ATMs in the Leh market, including two SBI (State Bank of India) ATMs, a J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) Bank ATM, and a PNB (Punjab National Bank) ATM. The SBI ATMs are located on the crossroad where the Tibetan refugee camp is. While credit cards are accepted at many places, they are not accepted at many others. So carry a good amount of cash as well.

Cellular service for tourists

Prepaid mobile phones do not work in Leh. We recommend getting a postpaid connection before venturing to the “roof of the world”. Also, connectivity is poor and you may not always get a signal, especially while you are on excursions to places such as Nubra Valley or Pangong Tso. However, in case you need to connect to someone urgently, the PCO booths in Leh market can save the day for you.

Wifi internet

A few hotels and cafes offer Wi-Fi connectivity in Leh but it’s pretty iffy. Connections are painfully slow and go down for long hours. However, if you are in dire need to be online, there are a number of internet cafes in the main market you can use. Again, the connection at these cafes is a bit on the slower side.

Drinking laws

Drinking is not prohibited in Leh. However, moderation is strongly recommended while consuming liquor. Liquor causes dehydration and in Leh, it might mean headaches and acute nausea.


Ten percent of the bill as tip is more than enough at restaurants. Drivers can be tipped with Rs. 20 to Rs. 100 depending on the length of drive you undertake.

General information

Languages spoken

Balti, English, Ladakhi, Nepali, Hindi

Time zones

IST (UTC+5.5 hours)

Major religions

Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism

Domestic international calling codes


Electricity standards

230 V, 2 pin/3 pin round plug sockets are generally installed in all hotels. So, carry adapters as per your requirement.

Common greetings

Hello – Ta-shi-de-Leh / Juley

How are you? – Khe-rahng ku-su de-bo yin-peh

Good bye – Kah-Leh shu / Juley

See you later – Teh Yong

Goodnight – Sim-jah nahng-go

Thank you – Thu-chi che


Emergency numbers

Police: +91-1982-255500 

Senior Superintendent of Police: +91-1982-254881

Superintendent of Police: +91-1982-251026

Sr. Superintendent of Police: +91-1982-252200

District Information Officer: +91-1982-252829

Leh (Ladakh) Airport Contact: +91-1982-253076

Foreigner’s Registration Office: +91-1982-252200

Sonam Norboo Memorial (SNM) Hospital: 01982-252014 / 252360 (spalchen@gmail.com)