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The barren beauty of Ladakh in India with snow-capped peaks and the clear azure sky has continued to attract intrepid travellers. The scenic destination has maintained to cast its spell since the region was opened to tourists in the 1970s. Explore serene Pangong Lake, admire snow-capped peaks, stroll the banks of the Indus & Zanskar rivers, enjoy folk dance show. Steep Mountains, pristine lakes, colourful Tibetan monasteries, a vibrant culture, numerous trekking trails, and the rugged terrain await you in these mystic lands. The dramatic crown of India, Ladakh, can be solely experienced with Ladakh tour packages. The spectacular landscapes, the chilling snow blankets, and metaphorically a paradise land have so much to content every mind. Celebrate the planet’s raw nature with the simplistic yet fascinating lifestyle of this Kingdom with one of our perfect Ladakh holiday packages. The rugged terrain and the majestic mountains around, make an exotic cocktail for an adventure lover. But before you decide to fly away to the land of Buddhist monasteries and brave people, here’s everything that you need to know. It is imperative to understand that you need to acclimatize to the high altitude and enjoy your tour to Ladakh. Here’s a complete guide about Ladakh in India which covers all the relevant information in a detailed manner.

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Best Places to Visit in Ladakh

Things to do in Ladakh | Attractions In Ladakh

Leh Palace

One of the best tourist attractions of Ladakh; Leh palace is a historical and ancient palace that’s turned into a museum for visitors.

  • Location: Leh Palace is just about 2.3 km north of Leh city.

Jama Masjid

Built in 1666-67; Jama Masjid is the depiction of the Ladakh treaty signed by the Ladakhi King with Aurangzeb. And it is also a top-notch attraction of the city.

  • Location: Jama Masjid is located just beside the Leh Palace and takes a 2-minute walk to reach here.

Old Town

Wish to see the ancient Ladakh? The old town is the best place to visit, having the most number of brick and mud houses even today. There are almost 200 such homes in the town.

  • Location: It is 1.8 km from the main city on the Khardung La road.

Drass War Memorial

The resting place of the souls of Indian warriors is the Drass War Memorial (Kargil War Memorial). Built after the war of 1999, it is one of the best places to visit in Ladakh.

  • Location: It is located on NH 1 a few km from the Kargil checkpoint.

Magnetic Hill

Popular for its gravity-defying nature, Magnetic hill is also a go-to destination for travellers. As much fascinating as it sounds, the beauty around the place also keeps the travellers mesmerized.

  • Location: On the NH 1 highway, 30 km from Leh city.

Pangong Lake

Another name of paradise is Pangong Lake. A beautiful high altitude lake having rugged mountains in the backdrop and camp colonies nearby. Pangong Tso is one fine place to visit.

  • Location: It falls in the Leh district and about 230 km from Leh City.

Tso Kar

A high-altitude saltwater lake that’s located in Ladakh; Tso Kar is a very beautiful place to visit. With serenity all around the place, Tso Kar is also popular for its mesmerizing vistas.

  • Location: Leh to Tso Kar is just about 150 km towards the Leh-Manali Highway.

Diskit Monastery

The oldest yet charming monastery of Ladakh; Diskit is famous for a lot of things. Be it the humongous Buddha Statue or its proximity to the majestic Nubra Valley. Everything about the place is inexplicable.

  • Location: About 115 km from Leh City; Diskit is one of the top-notch attractions of Ladakh.

Baralacha La

Coming from Manali to Leh; Baracha La pass is one of the highest points in the Zanskar Range. The maximum altitude of this pass reaches about 16000+ ft. which in itself is highly daunting.

  • Location: It comes along the route for those visiting Leh from Manali.

Zojila Pass

The most challenging portion of the entire Srinagar-Leh highway is Zojila Pass. From slush all around and snow melted water; it makes the spines of even seasoned riders chilly.

  • Location: This high-altitude pass is located in the Dras region of Ladakh.

Famous Lakes in Leh Ladakh

Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake is the most popular and amusingly beautiful lake of Ladakh. Another high-altitude lake that is only ⅓ of its portion in India. The rest of the lake lies in the Chinese area. With beautiful mountains on the backdrop, Pangong has a lot of naturally beautiful landscapes in the backdrop. This saltwater lake is located at an astonishing altitude of 4350 m. The lake is almost 5 km wide and a huge 134 km deep. It is believed that the lake is almost 328 feet deep.

Attractions of Pangong Lake: Apart from the beautiful landscapes, it is the flora and fauna of the place that makes it an amazing place.

Best time to visit Pangong Lake: You can visit here throughout the year. The beauty keeps intact and doesn’t change much.

Tso Moriri

Tso Moriri is one of the best Lakes of Ladakh and probably the place that you shouldn’t miss out on at all costs. Located just about 250 km from Leh, this majestic lake is a wonderful and peaceful place. The lake is supposed to be 7 km broad and approximately 19 km long. This is a high-altitude saltwater lake and one of those that lie entirely in India. The place is a protected wetland which means you cannot camp around the lake but surely staying at an option some km away will be good enough.

Attractions of Tso Moriri: 

  • There are almost 34 species of birds that can be spotted here and amongst these 14 are water birds.
  • A 400 years old monastery lies on the western bank of the lake- Korzok Monastery.
  • Shakyamuni Buddha Statue
  • Korzok Gustor Festival
  • The Buddhist painting by Tibetan

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Tso Moriri is during Summer and Monsoon. It means between May and September.

Tso Kar

Tso Kar is one of the offbeat attractions of Ladakh and this lake hasn’t got the much-needed attention as the other lakes mentioned above. But that’s exactly why this place is a must-visit destination for travelers. If you wish to enjoy the serenity and pristine lake, then Tso Kar can be a wonderful option.

Attractions of Tso Kar:  Also called “The White Lake” of Ladakh; it is not the Snow that makes it white but the salt lining that has been created at the circumference. This lake is just about 50 km from Tso Moriri.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Tso Kar is between May and September.

Yarab Tso

Situated in the Nubra region of Ladakh, Yarab Tso gets a lot of travelers every year. It is one of the best lakes of Ladakh due to many reasons. Be it the natural beauty it gets from the Nubra Valley or the rugged mountains that are located near the area. To reach this lake you will have to ride to the Panamik Village and then there is a trek of approximately 20 minutes up the mountain to reach here.

Attractions of Yarab Tso: Some of the finest attractions of Ladakh are located in proximity to the lake. Here they are.

  • Panamik Village
  • Sumur Village
  • Diskit Village
  • Diskit Monastery
  • Cold Desert of Hunder
  • Maitreya Buddha Statue in Diskit

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Tso Kar is between May and September. However, a person can visit here anytime throughout the year.

Lang Tso and Stat Tso

Popularly known as the twin lakes of Ladakh, Lang Tso, and Stat Tso is a fine place to visit. They lie at the end of the Pensi La pass. This pass connects Zanskar Valley with Zuru Valley. It is another breathtaking place with loads of wonderful sights to admire.

Attractions of Lang Tso and Stat Tso

  • Pensi La Pass
  • Zanskar Valley
  • Zuru Valley

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Tso Kar is between May and September. People do visit here during winters as well when the Chadar Trek starts.

List of Monasteries in Leh ladakh

  • Hemis Monastery
  • Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery
  • Matho Monastery
  • Rangdum Gompa
  • Lamayuru Monastery
  • Samstanling Monastery
  • Phugtal Monastery
  • Alchi Monastery
  • Diskit Monastery
  • Spituk Gompa
  • Likir Gompa
  • Thiksey Gompa
  • Shey Monastery
  • Rizong Gompa
  • Sankar Monastery
  • Wanla Gompa
  • Phyang Gompa
  • Stakna Monastery
  • Zongkhul Monastery

List of popular Mountain Passes in Leh ladakh

  • Khardung La
  • Chang La
  • Bara-lacha La
  • Taglang La
  • Fotu La
  • Lachulung La
  • Namik La
  • Zoji La
  • Umling La Pass
Union Territory of Ladakh Leh & Kargil Districts
Languages Ladakhi, Tibetan, Urdu, Balti, Hindi, English
Best Season Summers – June to September
Winters – Oct to March
Weather Summer 8°C – 25°C
Winter -5°C to -20°C
Altitude 3500 m
Srinagar – Leh – Manali Route
Srinagar – Sonmarg – Kargil – Leh – Nubra – Pangong – Sarchu – Jispa – Manali – Delhi
Manali – Leh – Manali Route
Manali – Jispa – Sarchu – Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake – Manali

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