Leh district

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Leh district
Location of Leh district
Union territoryLadakh
Established1 July 1979
TehsilsLeh, Khaltsi, Nyoma, Kharu, Diskit Nubra, Saspol, Durbuk and Sumoor
 • Deputy CommissionerSachin Kumar Vaishya
 • Chief Executive CouncillorGyal P Wangyal
 • Lok Sabha constituenciesLadakh
 • Total45,110 km2 (17,420 sq mi)
 • Total133,487 (2,011)
 • Urban
 • Literacy77.2%
 • Sex ratio690
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)

Leh district is a district in the union territory of Ladakh in northern India. With an area of 45,110 km2, it is the second largest district in the country (after Kutch, Gujarat) in terms of area. It is bounded on the north by Gilgit-Baltistan's Kharmang and Ghanche districts and Xinjiang's Kashgar and Hotan prefectures linked via the historic Karakoram Pass. It has Aksai Chin and Tibet are to the east, Kargil district to the west, and Lahul and Spiti to the south. The district headquarters is in Leh. It lies between 32 to 36 degree north latitude and 75 to 80 degree east longitude.

The whole of Ladakh was under the administration of Leh until 1 July 1979, when the Kargil and Leh administrative districts were created. Religion has been a source of grievances between Buddhists and Muslims since the late 20th century and was a contributor to this division.[1]

In 2017, the district was declared a tobacco-free zone. The Directorate of Health Services Kashmir under the National Tobacco Control Programme began working towards the designation early in 2017 and the status was declared in August. Rehana Kousar (in-charge, NTCP, Kashmir) said that work was done with civil society, religious and women's groups and that a "major success was achieved by the involvement of women in the anti-tobacco campaign."[2]

In August 2019 the Parliament of India passed an act that contained provisions to make Leh a district of the new union territory of Ladakh, which was formed on 31 October 2019.[3]


According to the 2011 census Leh district had a population of 133,487,[4] roughly equal to the nation of Saint Lucia.[5] This gives it a ranking of 609th in India (out of a total of 640).[4] 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%.[citation needed] Leh has a sex ratio of 1016 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 77.2%.[4]


Religion in Leh district (2011) [6]
Religion Percent
Not Stated

According to the 2011 census of India, Leh district had a population of 133,487.[7] Buddhists made up the majority at 66.4%, followed by Hindus at 17.1% and then Muslims at 14.3%.


Leh district in Ladakh

As of July 2019, Leh district is divided into 6 Sub-Divisions, 8 tehsils and 16 Blocks.[8][9] Six (6) Sub-Divisions are Khaltsi (Khalsi), Nubra (Diskit), Kharu, Nyoma, Durbok (Durbuk) and Likir.[8]

The Eight (8) tehsils are:

The 16 Blocks are:[10]

As a result of The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Removal of Difficulties) Second Order, 2019, Leh district would claim de jure jurisdiction over the following areas of Pakistani-administered Kashmir: Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilas and Tribal territory.[11]


Leh District had two assembly constituencies: Nobra and Leh.[12]

Autonomous Hill Council[edit]

Leh District is administered by an elected body known as the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh. The LAHDC was established in 1995.[13]


  1. ^ Muslim Precedence Politics - How it operates in Ladakh
  2. ^ "Leh Declared Tobacco-Free". The Tribune India. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Article 370 revoked Updates: Jammu & Kashmir is now a Union Territory, Lok Sabha passes bifurcation bill". www.businesstoday.in.
  4. ^ a b c "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  5. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 1 October 2011. Saint Lucia 161,557 July 2011 est.
  6. ^ http://www.census2011.co.in/census/district/621-leh.html
  7. ^ "Leh district census data 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  8. ^ a b Leh subdivision-blocks.
  9. ^ a b Leh tehsils.
  10. ^ [1], Leh District, Jammu and Kashmir.
  11. ^ https://www.scconline.com/blog/post/2019/11/02/jammu-and-kashmir-reorganisation-removal-of-difficulties-second-order-2019/
  12. ^ "ERO's and AERO's". Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir. Archived from the original on 22 October 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 October 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Coordinates: 34°10′00″N 77°35′00″E / 34.1667°N 77.5833°E / 34.1667; 77.5833