I like traveling and meeting like-minded people. Love Kashmir the most and like going there again and again. Waiting for the train to start.
My new friend on Facebook, who read my travel articles there, asked me:
How do you buy real estate in Leh Ladakh? . . . [D]o you have any advice about buying land or an already-constructed flat or house or villa in Leh? What papers are required, and is there a finance scheme or bank loan available? I would love to own a house on this land as it is so beautiful, plus it will serve as my holiday home when I am there. Would it be a good investment property for long-term gains?
So I answered him: “Who would not love to own a house or a piece of land in this beautiful place, it’s like buying real estate in heaven. Isn’t it?" But unfortunately I had to tell him that the State of Jammu and Kashmir, where Leh Ladakh is located, is under a special act, and only people with a domicile in J&K can legitimately buy, sell, or own property in this region.
Under Article 370, residents of Jammu and Kashmir can buy real estate anywhere in India without any difficulties, and J&K is the only state in India which has had this article implemented since 1951 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. But unfortunately, residents of other states or countries cannot buy real estate. They cannot buy agricultural land there even if they are farmers.
The only way to buy property in Leh Ladakh is in the name of a local.
I do know of a few people, even foreigners, who have bought real estate in Leh in the name of locals and run it as a guest house for years and also used it as a holiday home. It is a win-win situation for both. I have even heard of boat houses on Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, having been bought in this way.
In nearby Himachal Pradesh, one can buy property which is residential in nature but not agricultural land. This means that in H.P., you can buy any property which lies within the municipal limits of the town, but not property outside it.
Under special conditions, one can buy up to 500 square yards of agricultural land in H.P., but the process is very lengthy and requires knowing the right people and having the right amount of money. This is the reason why in J&K people mostly lease real estate from the locals.
This year when I went to Manali near Leh with my friends, we met a lawyer in Manali. One of our friends took a small hotel on lease in Manali. The lawyer told us one could buy agricultural land in HP if he/she is an ex-servicemen or a senior citizen farmer, and Himachal is still on the loose side, but buying real estate in Leh Ladakh directly is not possible; it can only be done via a local.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Halemane Muralikrishna from South India on April 07, 2020:
I liked your article on Ladakh and wish to visit this newly formed state of India. It is sharing the border with China and Nepal, can we visit the boarders, I know terrains will be difficult being sloppy and chilling. I loved your pictures and description of the place. It was nice reading Mr Rajinder.
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Karan on September 15, 2019:
Hi luking for sum investment in Leh n Ladakh.....wii wait for your revert...
Rakesh jain on August 11, 2019:
My recorment land
Sasikumar Krishnaswami on August 07, 2019:
From Kerala-I want Agriculture land of 8 to 20 kanal, like to own shops at Ladakh and two house for my family, Please give the details separately
Vasudev on August 05, 2019:
Not anymore :) #Article 370 scrapped
Ankur agarwal on September 26, 2018:
I want hotel in ladak for lease
Otherwise I want shop also
STANZIN CHOZANG on August 23, 2018:
You cannot buy land in ladakh and j&k both due to some article.
but you can always invest with a guy who owns place there.
For investing on resorts or hotels, I can definitely help you with that.
Ram ji on January 19, 2018:
I am looking to buy commercial property in leh
jatin on April 18, 2015:
Hello can anybody tell me a way to buy some land in leh i want to start a small tourist related enclave having a successful porject running in himachal and goa already so can anybody help me ? But i don't wanna start a business on others name or lease it
Subodh Vashisth on August 12, 2014:
I m thinking to buy a house there for me .I want to stay my rest of life there.can u help me to buy property
tatu on May 19, 2014:
our Comment...I m thinking to buy a house there for me .I want to stay my rest of life there.can u help me to buy property there .
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Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on October 24, 2010:
Come to Leh rsuan and you will love it. I am glad that you gave your precious time in reading this article.
Rika Susan from South Africa on October 24, 2010:
What a beautiful hub. Love the pics! Thanks for helping me to discover Leh Ladakh.