Bestowed with natural formations and heaven like ambience the regions of Ladakh and Leh are beautified with immense natural diversities. Ladakh, the Land of High Passes, wins hearts with its simplicity and rugged natural beauty. Spectacular landscapes, enfolded by serrated mountains, give the region its unique character. Largely influenced by Buddhism, Ladakh is home to numerous ornate monasteries. The pristine natural heritage of this fabled realm can be seen in its picturesque lakes, unspoilt by human civilisation. Ladakh has always been a mystery land for all. And when it come to exploring this amazing land in ladakh there are a lot of things to do and a hell lot of places to visit in Ladakh. This amazing land has never ceased to amaze it travellers with its towering peaks and snow-capped Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, the rapidly-flowing Indus and Zanskar rivers and numerous streams carrying the glaciers from the mountains tucked amidst lush green valleys, all conjure a travellers dream. While the adventure junkies can find plenitude of ways to pump up their adrenalines, honeymooners can visit some of the most romantic places in Ladakh and make their journey memorable. History enthusiasts can also find ample of ways to quench their yearnings and enjoy the old world charm while visiting the historical places to visit in Ladakh. For the leisure seekers, they can laze back and enjoy the surreal beauty of Ladakh along with an array of beautiful places to visit in Ladakh and make their Leh Ladakh tour one of the most memorable expeditions of their lives.

     

    Places of Interest in Ladakh

     

     Leh City
     

    Leh City

    Leh is the headquarter of the district and is the base to almost all other places in Ladakh.The main attraction in leh city are Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Chowkang Monastry and Sankar Stupa. Leh Palace was once the world’s highest building and it was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. Shanti Stupa is a must visit during a trip to Leh. Shanti Stupa was built by a Japanese Buddhist organization, known as 'The Japanese for World Peace' to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism and to promote World Peace. Sankar monastery is the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. Shey Monastery which is 15 Km from Leh on Manali road and Spituk Monastery 10 Km from Leh on Kargil road are also worth visiting. Another destination near Leh City is  Gurudwara Pathar Sahib which is 25 Km from Leh on Kargil road.

    Pangong Lake
     

    Pangong Lake

     Pangong lake is a must visit destination during trip to Ladakh. To visit Pangong lake one would need the inner line permit which can be procured from DC office Leh. Pangong Lake is about five hours drive from Leh.The route passes through beautiful Ladakh countryside, over Chang La (Pass) which is the third highest motorable mountain pass in the world. It is situated at a height of 13900 ft and one of the most picturesque places in the world. While approaching lake, the first glimpse of the serene, bright blue waters and rocky lake shore remains etched in the memory of tourists.



    Khardung La
     

    Khardung La:

     Khardung La is a high mountain pass and is located at a distance of 49 km from Leh. It is the highest motorable road in the world at an altitude of 18,380 feet. Khardung La is one of the most popular destinations in Leh and is the gateway to Nubra and Siachen glacier. The drive to Khardung La can get very bumpy as the weather and landslides frequently happen but the road leading to Khardung La is easy one. Features of Khardung La is Dizzying heights, rarefied air and extremely cold temperatures



     Nubra Valley
     

    Nubra Valley

    Nubra Valley is 150 Kms from Leh town across the Khardung La pass. Inner Line permits are required to visit Nubra valley from DC office LEh. The view of the Nubra valley is picturesque and breathtaking.It is Surrounded by snow capped Himalayan ranges. Nubra valley lies sandwiched between Tibet and Kashmir. Siachen Glacier lies to the north of the valley. The Sasser Pass and the famous Karakoram Pass of the silk route fame lie to the northwest of the valley and connect Nubra with Xinjiang. The cold desert between Diskit and Hundur are another attraction for tourists. Tourists throng the cold desert to watch the sand dunes and for joyrides on the Bactrian camels. Native to the steppes of central Asia, the Bactrian camel has two humps, in contrast to the single-humped camels found in Rajasthan and other parts of India. The Bactrian camels, found only in Hunder, were the main mode of transport when Ladakh was an important stopover on the ancient trade routes with Central Asia.

    Hemis Monastery
     

    Hemis Monastery

    Hemis monastery is located approximately 50 kms from leh on the west banks of indus river near Karu. It is believed to be the wealthiest monastery in Leh and it is also the biggest gompa in Leh. The monatery is believed to have been in existence since the 11 th century however the reconstruction of the monastery as don in 1672. Hemis monastery belongs to the Dugpa order and follows the tantric vajrayana teachings and the monks perform tantric worship. The Hemis Monastery hosts an annual festival, during which the sacred mask dance is performed.

    Thiksey Monastery
     

    Thiksey Monastery

    Thiksey Monastery is about 20 kms from Leh and is an imposing monastery. It is one of the finest example of Ladakhi architecture. The 12 storey monastery complex contains numerous stupas, statues, thankas, wall paintings, swords and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings. This Gompa is situated on the top of the hill and forms part of Gelukpa order. The main prayer hall has a 15 mt high seated Buddha figure. The statue is the largest Buddha figure in Ladakh which took four years to construct and is made of clay and covered with gold paint.
    Lamayuru
     

    Lamayuru

    Lamayuru is amongst the oldest monateries in Leh and is beleived to be in existence along the same time as Alchi monastery. It is located on the main Kargil Leh highway, on a steep rock mountain Lamauru monastery is abput 125 kms from Leh and can be visited on the way to Leh from Srinagar if you are traveling by road. It is beleived to have housed more than 400 monks in earlier times. Near Lamayuru, there was an undulating series of mountains that's so unlike anything on earth that the Ladakhis call it 'moonland'. It resemble the surface of the moon, with an ethereal look about them.

    Suru and Zanskar Valley
     

     Suru and Zanskar Valley

    Suru and Zanskar valley is located about 250 kms off the Srinagar - Leh route off Kargil. Panikhar and Rangdum of Suru valley is on the way to Zanskar valley. It is one of the remotest region and part of Kargil District of Ladakh. Zanskar Valley is also famous for its river rafting on Zanskar river.Rangdum 120 Kms from Kargil can be considered as Suru valley and Padum administrative centre of Zanskar is another 120 Kms ahead of Rangdum as Zanskar valley. The Pensi la pass the highet point in this route is about 25 kms from Rangdum.

    Kargil War Memorial, Drass
     

    Kargil War Memorial, Drass

    Kargil war memorial, built by the Indian army following the war with neighboring Pakistan in the late nineties is frequented by travelers plying the highway connecting Srinagar to Leh. The memorial houses some of the major sequence of events that happened during the course of the war along with details of the Indian army personnel, who sacrificed their lives in the process of recapturing some of the peaks occupied by the Pakistan army; like the Tiger Hill and Tololong. It is by the side of the main highway going from Srinagar to Leh in Kashmir.

    Magnetic Hill
     

    Magnetic Hill

    It is located on a Kargil Leh Highway and is a place where it defies the law of gravity.

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