|Established||1 July 1979|
|Tehsils||Leh, Khaltsi, Nyoma, Kharu, Diskit Nubra, Saspol, Durbuk and Sumoor|
|• Deputy Commissioner||Sachin Kumar Vaishya|
|• Chief Executive Councillor||Gyal P Wangyal|
|• Lok Sabha constituencies||Ladakh|
|• Total||45,110 km2 (17,420 sq mi)|
|• Total||133,487 (2,011)|
|• Sex ratio||690|
|Time zone||UTC+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.
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."
According to the 2011 census Leh district had a population of 133,487, roughly equal to the nation of Saint Lucia. This gives it a ranking of 609th in India (out of a total of 640). 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 13.87%, (it was 30.15% for 1991-2001). Leh has a sex ratio of 690 females for every 1000 males (this varies with religion), and a literacy rate of 77.2%.
|Leh district: religion, gender ratio, and % urban of population, according to the 2011 Census.|
|Gender ratio (% female)||4.0%||44.9%||28.7%||6.8%||50.3%||52.4%||46.3%||7.0%||40.8%|
(no. females per 1,000 males)
|Leh district: mother-tongue of population, according to the 2011 Census.|
|Mother tongue code||Mother tongue||People||Percentage|
As of July 2019, Leh district is divided into 6 sub-divisions, 8 tehsils and 16 blocks. Six (6) sub-divisions are Khaltsi (Khalsi), Nubra (Diskit), Kharu, Nyoma, Durbok (Durbuk) and Likir.
The eight (8) tehsils are:
The 16 blocks are:
- Khaltsi (Khalsi)
- Nimmo (or Nimoo)
- Chushot (Chuchot)
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.
Autonomous Hill Council
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Saint Lucia 161,557 July 2011 est.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Leh district.|
- Official Website of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh
- Leh tehsil map, Maps of India
- Ladakh Tourism Guide - Photo Gallery of Leh, Monasteries in Leh, NGO's in Leh, Important Phone #.
- Shaam Region in Leh (not to be confused with the Middle Eastern region)