Ladakh, literally meaning ‘Land Of High Passes’ is a mesmerizing land dotted with magnificent mountains, sprawling meadows, sparkling blue waters and stunning landscapes. The breathtaking beauty of the serene land attracts adventurers, bikers, explorers, trekkers and shutterbugs alike.
While the entire Leh-Ladakh region is a delight for the travelers, here are the top 20 must visit places in Leh Ladakh you cannot miss.
The largest and oldest monastery in Nubra valley, Diskit monastery is located on a hill above the flood plains of Shyok River. One can enjoy panoramic views of Nubra Valley from the gompa roof of Diskit.
Hemis National Park
A high altitude in the eastern Ladakh, Hemis National Park is renowned for being the best place to see the snow leopard in the wild. The national park is the abode to over 16 mammal and 73 bird species.
Around 150 km north of Leh, Hunder is a beautiful village at the confluence of Shyok and Nubra rivers. It is most popular for the camel rides and safaris done on the Bactrian Double-humped Camels.
The breath-taking valley of Nimmu marks the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers. The beautiful landscape is a paradise for the shutterbugs.
Khardung La Pass
At an altitude of 5359 metres, Khardung La is one of the highest motorable passes of the world. The pass is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys.
The moonland of Ladakh, Lamayuru is a small village along the Sri Nagar – Leh Highway. Around 100 km from Leh, the village is known for its moonlike landscapes.
Located around 100 km from Kargil, Rangdum is nestled in an isolated region of the Suru Valley. It offers spectacular views of colorful hills on one side and rocky mountains with glaciers on the other.
At an elevation of 5360 metres, Chang La is amongst the highest motorable roads of the world. The mountain pass is on the route to Pangong Lake from Leh.
Around 50 kilometres from Leh, Likir Monastery is picturesquely located on a little hill near in the village of Likir. The 25 metre high statue of Maitreyi Buddha in the monastery is one of the chief attractions that leave the visitors spellbound.
A small stretch of road located about 30 kms from Leh towards Kargil, Magnetic Hill has been raising curiosity amongst travelers for years. One can turn off their engines and yet see their vehicles moving uphill up to speeds of 20 km /hr. While some believe that the phenomena is a result of strong magnetic force, others believe this to be an optical illusion where a very slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill one.
The Markha Valley is one of the most popular trekking routes in Ladakh along the Markha River, a tributary of Ladakh. With Sculpted canyons, marvelous rock formations, snow laden peaks and Buddhist gompas, Markha is one of the least explored yet stunning regions of Ladakh.
A tri-armed valley located north east of Ladakh, Nubra separates the Ladakh and Karakoram ranges of the Himalayas. A high altitude cold desert with an average altitude of around 3000 metres, Nubra offers stunning sceneries with green oasis villages, monasteries, sand dunes, boulder fields and harsh arid mountains.
Pangong Tso, literally meaning ‘high grassland lake’ is one of the most well-known attractions of the Leh-ladakh region at a height of about 4350 metres. The lake offers a beautiful site for camping while being a haven for migratory birds and gulls.
A white-dome stupa on a hilltop around 5 km from Leh, Shanti Stupa offers panaromic views of the city of Leh. Built to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism, the Shanti Stupa is also considered a symbol of the ties between the people of Japan and Ladakh.
Located around 25 kms from Leh on the left bank of Indus, Stakna Monastery is over 400 years old built on a small hill. One can witness striking views of Indus valley and river from the roof of the monastery.
One of the remotest places in India, Zanskar valley is one of the best kept secrets of the Leh Ladakh region. Rafting on ferocious Zanskar river with stunning views promises a high adrenaline experience in the summers while the Chadar frozen river trek in the winters is also a lifetime experience.
Sumur, Nubra Valley
A blissful, quite and peaceful village in the Nubra valley, Sumur is marked with green and yellow vegetation. It is also famous for the Samstem monastery.
Tso Kar Lake
A salt lake situated in the Rupshu plateau in southern Ladakh, the Tso Kar lake is one of the hidden gems of Ladakh. It is located around 250 kms away from the city of Leh at an altitude of 4660 metres. The area around the lake is rich in flora and fauna with several species of birds.
Taglang La is a high altitude mountain pass at an altitude of 5328 metres on the Leh-Manali Highway. The pass offers scenic views with ample vegetation on both sides while the sharp bends in the challenging terrains provides the perfect adrenaline rush.
Tso Moriri Lake
Regarded as the most beautiful destination of the entire Leh-Ladakh region, Tso Moriri lake is nestled spectacularly between the barren mountain ranges and snow laden high altitude peaks. Located at an altitude of 4522 metres. the mystical lake is also a popular camping site for travelers.
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