10 Must See Places in Ladakh
Ladakh is an ultimate place to be for the traveller who wants to experience ruggedness and nature at its best. It is a place where time tends to stop for you and you get an amazing opportunity to unwind and come back to your life as a changed person. We bring to you 9 must see places in Ladakh. Here goes-
1. Pangong Lake
This beautiful water reservoir is about 134 Km long and 60% of the lake falls under China. At an altitude of 14,270 ft. the clear blue water of the lake reflects the towering mountains all around. The scenic beauty with the tranquil and serene environment appears to be so unreal to the tourist. Drinking in the fascinating landscape one simply loses all sense of time and space.
2. Tso Moriri
Situated at a height of 15,000 ft. Tso Moriri Lake is a freshwater lake, unlike the Pangong lake which has saline water. The journey from Leh to Tso Moriri is magnificent offering a sudden change in the landscape from rough and rugged to lush green full of vegetation. There is also a hot spring on the trail to Tso Moriri. Guest houses are available near the lake.
3. Royal Leh Palace
Built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century, the Royal Palace of Leh is a nine-storey high structure which offers a grand panoramic view of the town of Leh, Stok Kangri and the Indus river. It has a museum which displays rare collections of ceremonial crowns, dresses, jewellery, ornaments etc.
4. Zanskar valley
Zanskar valley is one of the most isolated places to visit in Ladakh where about 14,000 people comprising of mainly Buddhists live. The valley is sandwiched between the Great Himalayan ranges and the Zanskar mountain ranges. The Zansker river which has lent its name to the valley flows through the valley. Zanskar valley surrounded by lofty mountains and deep gorges is closed for about eight months in a year due to heavy snowfall in the region. Contact Us to Plan A Ladakh Trip.
5. Magnetic Hill
The Ladakh travel guide also provides Magnetic hill or gravity hill as it is sometimes called is a curious natural phenomenon. The hill falls on the National Highway from Leh to Kargil to Baltik. The hill can pull any vehicle up its steep slope with the ignition of the vehicle off. A Gurudwara near the hill is also an added attraction here. Contact Us to Plan A Manali to Leh Trip.
6. Nubra valley
The Nubra valley also called the Valley of Flowers, is about 150 Kms. away from Leh, the capital town of Ladakh. The journey takes us through the Khardung La pass which is the highest motorable road in the world. There are some guest houses and small hotels at Diskit which is the main village of Nubra.
7. Shanti Stupa
The Shanti Stupa constructed by a Japanese is very near to the town of Leh and is set on a steep hill top. Being at a height of about 4267 metres the place affords a magnificent panoramic view of Leh and the snow-clad mountains. The sunrise and sunset are worth-seeing from this Stupa. There is also a Buddhist temple with the Shanti Stupa, the Dalai Lama had inaugurated this temple in 1991.
8. Kargil (Kashmir – Leh Highway)
Kargil was once a busy town as it was within the trade route to and from China, Afghanistan, India, Turkey. It is the second biggest town of Ladakh and lies in the west of Leh facing the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. The town became popular after a war was fought over the region between India and Pakistan. However, the town has remained largely peaceful till then and is home to a number of scenic attractions.
9. Khardung La
At a height of 18,380 ft. Khardung La pass is the highest motorable road in the world. The pass lies on the trail from Leh to Nubra valley. In summer the weather conditions can change suddenly while in winter the pass receives heavy snowfall with temperature going below -400 C. The pass is about 40 Kms from Leh.
10. Lamayuru Monastery
Situated at a height of 3510 metres and about 127 Kms from Leh this is the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The monastery is maintained by the Red Hat sect of Buddhism. Beautiful collections of wall paintings rich in colour, murals, thangkas and scriptures make the visit to the monastery worthwhile.
As much as you might be excited about going to this place there are some things that you have to keep in mind. The air gets thinner as you go up in the hills. So, if you have any breathing problem do not head to this place without consulting doctors. Plus, the vehicle in which you are travelling should be in top working condition as the terrain tests them to the limit. For your happy and safe travel, do book your taxi from AHA taxis.