If you are planning a trip to Ladakh, then include these must-see places to visit and explore on your Ladakh trip.
Ladakh, the paradise on earth is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, monasteries and valleys & lakes. Millions of local as well as foreign tourists throng to Ladakh every year to explore its beauty. Ladakh is nestled between two awe-inspiring mountain ranges: the Great Himalayas and the Karakoram. It is a mixture of Indian, Tibetan and Buddhism linings. It amazes travelers with its snow-clad mountain peaks, pure rivers and mesmerizing landscapes along with various sightseeing places. This beautiful hilly region has lots of attractions: ancient monasteries, mountain peaks, religious sites, wildlife safaris, palaces of the royalty, various gompas, adventure activity spots, etc. Before planning trip to Ladakh, make sure you include the following most popular destinations in the list.
Best Places to Visit in Ladakh
1. Pangong Tso (Pangong Lake)
Pangong Tso has become one of the most favorite attractions for tourists after it was featured in the Climax scene of Bollywood blockbuster film “3 idiots” in the year 2009. The mesmerizing multi shades blue colour lake has been also featured in a few other movies and songs. Pangong Tso has deep blue water, which changes its shades (from green to purple to blue) with the changing position of the sun. The lake located on the Indo- China boundary (One-third part in India and two-third lies in China).
It is a salt water lake so there is less micro-vegetation. Although it has no marine life except for some small crustaceans, it serves as a home for a variety of birds including migrating birds like Brahmani Ducks, Rare black necked cranes and Seagulls. The lake offers the stunning scenery and breath-taking views that you can never forget. It freezes completely during the winter months. The best time to visit this place is from May to September. This beautiful lake also lets you to live in tents or Eco huts. There is no boating facility but you can expect food stalls surrounding the lake with local authentic cuisines.
Things to do:
Camping to witness the changing colors of water
2. Nubra valley
The Nubra valley or Ldumra (the valley of flowers) is among the greenest valleys in Ladakh. It is a blend of high altitude desert area, flower, sand dunes and greenery. The valley looks like landscape of the moon in winter while in summer it is full of greenery. The main attractions of the valley are the Bactarian Camels (double-hump camels) around white sand dunes at Hunder, Deskit & Samstanling monasteries, orchards as well as scenic vistas. The Diskit monastery has a 106 ft tall Lord Buddha statue in the prayer hall. Just on opposite side of the monastery, there is a 32 metre high golden Buddha statue. July to September is the perfect time to travel to Nubra Valley.
Things to do:
Bactarian Camel trekking or camel safari at Hunder
3. Zanskar Valley
Zanskar valley is situated between two alpine lakes and snow-covered mountain peaks which make it a perfect trekking location. It is known for snow-clad mountain peaks, white river rafting, adventurous activities and Tibetan-style Buddisht Monasteries (Zongkhul, Bardan, Stongdey, Karsha, Phuktal and Suni Palace). Penzella Pass and Panikhar are two places of tourist interest in Zanskar. The best time to visit Zanskar is from July to October, as it remains close between November and May due to heavy snowfall.
Things to do:
White water rafting
4. Khardung La
Khardung La/ K-Top is among the worlds’ highest motorable passes at a height of 18,380 feet from the mean sea level. It is the only way to visit the Nubra and Shyok Valley. It is also an important gateway to Siachen Glacier. The pass offers some great views of white snow-capped mountain peaks, interesting plantations, quaint hamlets and high altitude desert landscapes.
5. Magnetic hill
The Magnetic hill or gravity hill is also a major tourist attraction in Ladakh, situated on the Leh-Kargil-Batalik National Highway. The hill has magnetic powers that can pull vehicles uphill at a speed of 20 km per hour with the engines off. You can experience this magnet magic by simply parking your car in the box marked with white paint. There is also a Gurudwara named Pathar sahib near the magnetic hill.
6. Tso Moriri Lake
Another famous lake in Ladakh is Tso Moriri Lake. It is the India’s largest high altitude lake. This saltwater lake has deep blue color, crystal clear water with a picturesque landscape. The lake attracts migratory birds, marmots and rarely the Tibetan wolves. The journey from Leh to Tso Moriri offers from rough and rugged to lush green full of vegetation landscape view. It is an ideal place for bird watchers to visit from June to September.
Things to do :
7. Shanti Stupa
The Shanti Stupa is white-domed structure, which looks very beautiful during night when illuminated with glittering lights. It is located on a hilltop in Chanspa. Tourists visit this place not only for its religious significance but also for breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. The view of sunrise and sunset is eye-pleasing from this Stupa.
Things to do:
Watching panoramic view of the surrounding landscape
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