No visit to India could possibly be complete without a perfect souvenir to bring back home. If you find yourself in Leh, you have a fantastic shopping opportunity at the foot of the mighty Himalayan mountains.
As the name suggests, Pearl Market is the best place in the city to look for pearls, gems, jewelry, and precious stones. It’s located near the Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBF) camp, just a few blocks from the Leh Palace. While you can buy beautiful stones, it’s not recommended you buy “traditional” artifacts here, as many are expensive forgeries.
Ladags Apricot Store
Produce that grows in the mountain soil, exposed to fresh air and rainshine, tastes far different than the food you may find in a big city. Ladags Apricot Store is perhaps the most famous grocery market in all of Leh. It’s located in the LBA Shopping Complex on the main road. Everything here is all-natural and organic, including fruits and dairy. Don’t ask for cuts of meat, however, as the Hindu-majority population is vegetarian.
If an open-air market is your idea of a great afternoon, look no further than Ladakh off Changspa Road. Just about anything you could ask for is on sale here: native clothing, turquoise, trinkets and memorabilia, and food. While most goods are native, the market also contains gems from major cities like Delhi and Jaipur. The market is only open during the summer months, however, so be certain not to show up once the snows start coming down.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about shopping in Leh.