The district has a population density of 3 inhabitants per square kilometre (7.8/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 25.48%. Leh has a sex ratio of 1016 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 77.2%.
An official Census 2011 detail of Leh, a district of Jammu and Kashmir has been released by Directorate of Census Operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Enumeration of key persons was also done by census officials in Leh District of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ladakh Population in Census 2011
The latest available data is of Census 2011 which was conducted by the Government of India in all parts of the country. The figures are given below:
- District: Kargil, Area: 14,036, Population 2011: 143,388
- District: Leh, Area: 45,110, Population 2011: 147,104
Ladakh Population in 2020 (Projected)
The projected population of Ladakh division (now union territory) is below:
- District: Kargil, Area: 14,036, Population 2020: 172,065
- District: Leh, Area: 45,110, Population 2020: 176524
Ladakh Population in 2021 (Projected)
The projected population of Ladakh in 2021 is given below:
- District: Kargil, Area: 14,036, Population 2020: 175,165
- District: Leh, Area: 45,110, Population 2020: 180614
Please note that, the population figure of Ladakh is only available of 2011 census. 2020 and 2021 figure are estimated based on projection. The next census of Ladakh will be available in 2021. We will update then after.
About Tourism in Ladakh
In the summer months, the two road approaches to Ladakh, the Srinagar-Leh Highway and the Manali-Leh Highway get cleared of snow and become motorable. Ladakh is visited by tourists and trekkers alike during this time.
No special permit is required to visit most of Ladakh, including Leh and Kargil towns. Permits are required for all tourists to visit the “Inner Line” areas.
“A total of 3,27,366 tourists, including 49,477 foreigners, visited Leh in 2018, marking an increase of over 50,000 compared to the previous year,” a senior official of the state tourism department said.
Ladakh is famous for its picturesque beauty, unique culture, Buddhist monasteries and exciting adventure spots. Leh, Ladakh’s administrative capital, is also a tourist’s haven with its beautiful surroundings and monasteries, in addition to the wonderful trekking routes.
Article first published on December 12, 2019.