Words cannot describe the beauty and serenity of Ladakh that the eyes can do. Pictures and videos simply do not do justice to the scenic bliss that Ladakh offers. What makes the place more special is the fact that it plays to every kind of audience. Right from quenching the thirst of motorcycle enthusiasts to offering spirituality to the ones seeking peace, Ladakh is perfect for all.
Located at an altitude of 8,370 ft from sea level, the ‘land of high passes’ gives the Himalayan range a beautiful blend of green and white. You heard that right. With vast expanses of white sand, the ruggedness of the Himalayas can be witnessed. But nothing compares to the tranquil vibe that the lakes offer. Pristine beauty is what you will find at Leh Ladakh, that is guaranteed.
The best season to visit Leh Ladakh is during the summer. The months of April-May are ideal to visit Ladakh as many of the tourist places would be open. June to August months are also some range that travellers opt for to avoid excess tourist crowd. Since the altitude is so high, Ladakh experiences long winters. Given below are some of the places to visit in Ladakh.
Pangong Tso Lake
Pangong Tso lake found fame thanks to Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots so without a doubt, this place deserves to be on your itinerary of places to visit in Ladakh. Pack a sweet picnic basket and head with your folks to the lake and maybe even camp next to it as you enjoy every moment of peace and tranquillity.
This 12-storey complex hosts over 500 monks and is considered to be one of the most beautiful Buddhist monasteries in all of Ladakh. For Ladakh sightseeing, Thiksey Gompa will enlighten you with knowledge about some of the Buddhist culture, lifestyle, scriptures, statues and even paintings.
Rent a Himalayan and go nuts on the road to Khardung-la pass. The pass is a gateway to the Nubra as well as Shyok valley and is one of the most elevated motorable terrains worldwide. Interestingly, the roads were opened in 1988 for vehicles to pass through. Cruisers and Himalayans considered to be the best means to travel here, to experience the rugged beauty of the journey.
Famous for its white sand deserts and double-humped camels, Nubra Valley is certainly one of the best places to visit in Ladakh. Not just the scenic slopes of Karakoram range but also the confluence of Shyak and Siachen rivers is what makes Nubra valley an exquisite voyage!
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Tso Moriri lake
Imagine a sparkling blue lake nestled in the midst of rugged surroundings. That, my friends, is Tso Moriri lake. Being 15000 ft above sea level in a rather rough environment is this tiny paradise. The place is often not considered ideal by many tourists due to the high altitude at which it stands proudly. However, with its impeccably undisturbed ambiance, it would be shame to miss this place.
Hemis National Park
Have you ever come across snow leopards? Well, Ladakh’s Hemis National Park is considered to be the capital of Snow Leopard of India. What makes this national park exceptional is the fact that aside from inhabiting the famed snow leopard, it is also the only national park in the northern regions of the Himalayas.
Located at the heart of Nubra valley is this quaint Diskit Monastery. Sightseeing in Ladakh is literally incomplete without a visit to this monastery which was founded back in the 14th century. The calming aura of the gompa will definitely transport you to a whole new world.
Situated on a hill-top in Chanspa is this beautiful dome shaped Chorten called Shanti Stupa. What makes this white structure an attraction tourist place is the view it offers of the whole of Leh. The walls inside the Chorten have panels depicting the life of Lord Buddha. Plus, the vibe of the place would make you want to stay for long.
Royal Leh Palace
The Leh Palace is located on the top of Tsemo Hill and has a rich history. Built of stones, wood, mud and sand, the 9-storied palace has some beautiful artistic ruins in display to let tourists see how the royals lived. The intriguing architecture is an additional perk of visiting the palace.
The Triveni Floating Market is another popular place in Kerala and worth a visit, even if you are not in the mood to buy anything. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience to buy things on a boat. You’ll find everything from stationery to food.
The town of Kargil is best remembered to the Kargil War when Indian military troops captured the Tiger Hill from infiltrators and emerged victorious in a long battle. It is situated at an elevation of 8,780 feet along the banks of the river Suru, also known as Indus. The famous place to visit in Kargil is Drass War Memorial.