Leh Ladakh is a place like no other. Bounded by two of the world’s powerful mountain ranges, the Karakoram and the Great Himalaya, it lies athwart to one another, the Ladakh Zanskar range and the Ladakh range. The beauty of place can not be described in words, one need to get down to this place to know and see how beautiful this place is. So how about catching last minute flight to India to visit this city, which is heaven on earth. This place holds so many surprises that one can’t stop awing. It’s the epitome of scenic beauty, once you are here you won’t find any place better. Well if you don’t believe our words, get down to see Best Places in Leh Ladakh and confirm it on yourself.
Here are 20 twenty best places to visit in Leh Ladakh which sure will confirm that this place is no less than heaven.
1. Pangong Lake
Pangong lake is one among the most popular places to see in Leh and is located about 160 kilometers away from Ladakh. The drive to this lake is one amazing experience offering scenic views. The lake is crustal blue, blessed with weather too pleasant throughout the year.
Be here and enjoy the solitude near the waters of this magnificent lake. Take out your cameras and capture the scenic beauty of this place which is too serene to relax and feel best. Also you can spot here black necked Siberian, this is the only place of breeding for these migratory birds which are very rare.
2. Magnetic Hills
Popularly known as the “Gravity Hill” Magnetic hills are located near Leh in Ladakh gives one a lifetime experience. The hill bewilder it’s optical illusion thus making one question the existence of gravity.
There are different approach to why it is called the Gravity Hill or the Magnetic Hill. Some believe the magnetic force in the area to be so strong that it is capable of pulling cars uphill. In fact, Border Roads Organization has made painted boxes on the roads for the visitors to see the magic.
Others believe that that there once was a pathway that led to heaven. Whatever the notion may be, the magical hill is worth a visit.
3. Khardungla Pass
This Khardungla Pass is loacted in the range of Ladakh, and it is one of the most beautiful and world’s highest motorable pass. On the top of this plass you may feel headache and vomiting which will affect your brain’s activity. So we would advised you that before starting a trek to this highest pass you may have to drink some black tea which will help in maintain your brain active. On the top you can capture mesmerizing views which make your trek more memorable.
4. Shanti Stupa
In this world, which needs peace a lot, this white beautiful and quite Shanti Stupa on a hilltop which is situated in Chanspa, Leh district, provides unobstructed, fabulous view. This white beauty in the middle of the snow let’s one experience a breathless moment.
5. Nubra Valley
Trekking on the colossal, rocky trails of this valley is an exciting experience as it is located near the banks of the Nubra river. Nubra Valley which is also famous for it’s camp ground is a place where one can get lost in it’s majestic beauty.
This valley also is named as valley of flowers which has some of the most vibrant, beautiful and colorful flowers set in the middle of lush green landscape.
6. Tso Moriri Lake
Wanna have jaw dropping experience? Then pack your bags and plan a trip to Moriri Lake which is an absolute pristine and
Stunning lake with mountains, cool winds and sunshine, all together offering a spectacular view. This is one wonderful place to visit in Leh. For a much better experience you can stay at camps there.
This lake is a sister counterpart of the Tso Pangong lake measuring about 100 feet in depth and about 28 kilometers in length. This lake in situated inside a Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to nomadic yaks, cows and goats.This lake imparts intense mind peace with eye soothing experience.
7. Lamayuru Monastery
This monastery is royal, most ancient and interesting one of Ladakh, situated at a distance of about 125 Kilometers from Leh. It is very beautiful and is enveloped by the dusty rugged mountains. It comes in the way when one move towards Kargil from Leh. It’s a good drive to witness the scenic snow caped mountains. This Monastery is one among the must to see places when in Leh.
8. Diskit Gompa
If you are the kind who keenly are interested in going in depth into history then this is a perfect place for you to be in and upgrade knowledge. Diskit Gompa which also is known as Dikshit Monastery is the oldest and the largest surviving monastery in the Nubra Valley of Leh.
Standing on top of the hill, above the flood plains of Shyok River, Gompa captivates one with it’s flawless beauty.
Interested in the history of the Kargil War? Yes, then you must visit Kargil, also it falls among the most suitable destinations to visit in Ladakh. It is famous for the popularly known Kargil War. Kargil is located near the LOC, Line of Control, between Indian and Pakistan. Kargil is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh which is situated along the banks of Indus river. Get here to bow down to the war heroes and pray for their family.
10. Royal Leh Palace
This amazing place is one of the beautiful places to visit in Leh Ladakh. The entire place is surrounded by the amazing beauty of nature. Ladakh is far famed for this place as it has snow capped mountains & valleys. This Royal Palace is one of the most visited tourists attractions in the city of Leh. This palace consists nine stories which make this one of the tallest structures. Here you can enjoy the outstanding views of Stok Kangri. The architecture of the building witnessed the finest example of medieval Tibetan Architecture.
11. Alchi Monastry
This monastery is situated in the Alchi village which is placed in the left side of the Indus river. It is one of the best attraction of the village as it is the holiest place of the Ladakh. The Choskar temple consist five shrines and adorned with some wall paintings. The entire wall is features with the miniature pictures of Buddha. You will love to visit this amazing place.
12. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
It is another one of the beautiful places to visit in Leh Ladakh. This Gurudwara is situated 25 miles away from Leh in the area of Ladakh. This place is famous by the Guru Of Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji which accepted to overcome an evil presence. This gurudwara is loved by the Buddhist people too. You must have to visit this sacred place to take blessings of God.
13. Sangam Point
Sangam point is one of the most favourite place of tourist. This point is famous as two rivers Indus and Zanskar river meet at this place. The zanskar river is frozen and the water of the Indus river is too hot which make this place an amazing sight. You can enjoy here the majestic views and the collision of two river which look outstanding.
14. Tso Kar Lake
It is another most visited attractions of Leh Ladakh. It is also termed as White Lake which is one of the high height saltwater lake across Ladakh. The white salt of the water stores on the shores of lake that’s why it is termed as the White Lake. Here you can see the best bird watches as the range of the lake has good amount of birds and wildlife.
15. Hall of Fame
It is another best place to visit in Ladakh. It is one of the most visited and must see attractions across the Ladakh. As thousands of tourist visit every year. The Hall of Fame is located near to the Leh Airfield. It is an exhibition hall which consists the memories of the Indian Army warriors who had passed away in the war of Indo-Pak. Even the name of the hall is named on the memories of the war saints. Here you will realize the remembrance of the Indian Army, their weapons and lot of pictures.
16. Thiksey Monastery
It is another beautiful monastery of the Buddhism religion. It is situated in the Thiksey village which is placed 19 km east to Leh. In same area, large number of buildings are dedicated to various set of people. At this place don’t miss to visit the statue of Maitreya which is 15 meters high. It is one of the the largest statue across Ladakh which covers2 stories of the buildings. The pictures of buddha are painted and carved in the walls which influence the value of gompa.
17. Hemis Monastery
The architecture of the Hemis Monastery make this place must visited attractions of Ladakh. It is a reputable site which is reconstructed by Sengge. The entire place is adorned with lush green valley which make this site most beautiful. The interior of the monastery is adorned by large number of gold statues which are decorated by the precious and rare stones. In the months of May or June, the people of monastery celebrate annual festival which is dedicated to the Lord Padmasambhava. He plays an important role with this monastery.
18. Drass Valley
Drass Valley is also known as the “Gateway to Trek”. It is one of the best places to visit in Leh Ladakh. The barren brown mountains will provide the mesmerizing views of the intense beautiful nature. In the winters, here you can feel freeze as the temperature will get too low. Here you can enjoy the hot water springs, and amazing sights of the bank of Drass river.
19. Shey Monastery
This monastery is famous because of the magnificent metal statue of Buddha and one among the places to must visit in Leh. Also it is the second largest statue in the city of Ladakh.
20. Namgyal Monastery
There is another monastery which is a must visit when you are in Leh Ladakh. This Monastery is worked by King Tashi after the reunification of lower and upper Ladakh and triumph over Hor.