Spectacular Places to Visit in Ladakh

A dream destination for many, Ladakh is on almost every traveler’s bucket list. Nestled in the lap of mighty Himalayas at an altitude ranging 8,370 – 25,400 Ft, Raw and natural charm of Ladakh captivates a large number of tourists every year. This fascinating region boasts ancient monasteries, gorgeous valleys, wildlife, calm rivers, tranquil lakes, high-altitude mountain passes, stunning landscapes, and scenic road journeys.

Known as the land of passes, Ladakh offers ample opportunities for adrenaline-rushing activities like mountain biking, trekking, camping, and mountaineering. 

There are plenty of tourist attractions to visit here, Book your next ideal getaway from our Leh Ladakh packages

1. Pangong Lake

Set at an elevation of 13,862 Ft above sea level, Pangong Tso lake is one of the major attractions in Ladakh. The highest saltwater lake in the world, Pangong Tso is famous for changing colors from blue to green to red. Surrounded by breathtaking mountains, the crystal clear water, and migrating birds attract many travelers to the lake. 

The lake is approx 223 Km far away or 6 hours drive from Leh district.

As the region is very harsh and the lake will be frosted during the winter season, the best time to visit Pangong lake is from May to September.

2. Khardung La Pass

Getaway to Shyok and Nubra Valley, Khardung La Pass is famous as the world’s highest motor-able pass, situated at an elevation of 18,379 Ft. Set in the Karakoram range in North Leh, Khardung La is a 39 Km ride from Leh. A thrilling, challenging, and dangerous ride on the Khardung La Pass is the most preferred adventurous thing to do on the Leh Ladakh tour.

The pass offers enchanting views of exceptional landscapes, serene lakes, lush meadows, and mountain peaks. During the winter season, Khardung La pass often closes due to heavy snowfall, March to May and September is the ideal time to ride on the mountain pass.

3. Nubra Valley 

Located at a distance of 160 Km from Leh, The dunes of Nubra valley are considered the most beautiful location in Ladakh. Enclosed by Scenic beauty, Snow-capped mountains, breathtaking landscapes, sparkling rivers, exotic trails, colorful monasteries, and quaint villages draw tourism to Nubra Valley. At the high elevation of 10,000 Ft, the Bactrian camel Safari is a must-try ride in the cold desert of Nubra. Recommended time to visit Nubra Valley is April to June and September to October in the pleasant climate.

4. Thiksey Monastery 

Located on a hilltop at an altitude of 11,800 Ft, Thiksey is a Tibetan-style monastery or gompa, a resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Known as the Largest Monastery of Ladakh, Thiksey is in the Indus Valley located 19 Km away from Leh district. This 12 Storey gompa boasts Buddhist art such as stupas, scriptures, statues, thangkas, and wall paintings. The visuals of Indus Valley, lush greenery, and mountains from the Iconic Monastery are spectacular to behold. October to November is the best time to visit Thiksey monastery to enjoy numerous festivals.

5. Hemis National Park 

Spread over 4400 ( Km)2, Hemis national park is the largest national park in India. The high altitude (ranging between 8500 – 17000 Ft) park is set on the west banks of Indus almost 50 Km from Leh. Hemis national park is named after the famous Hemis monastery.

The park boasts natural charm, amazing vegetation, and wildlife all around the year. 

Known for its snow leopards, the park has 16 mammal species and 73 bird species. Exploring incredible trekking trails, Hemis national park safari, bird watching, and a visit to Hemis monastery are must-try things. Recommended time to visit the park is between May to October when the weather is comfortable for sightseeing.

6. Tso Moriri Lake

Perched at an altitude of 14,836 Ft, Tso Moriri is a protected lake in the Changthang region of Ladakh. The lake is approx 220 Km far away or 5 hours drive from Leh district. Renowned as Mountain Lake, Tso Moriri Lake is one of the most picturesque, calm, and serene lakes offering scenic splendor of surroundings. The reflection of snow-clad mountains in sparkling blue-green water, Rich vegetation, and species of migrating birds attracts tourists, photographers, and nature lovers the most. Summer months are the ideal time to behold the exotic beauty of the lake at its peak.

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