Unrivaled it is, to watch the sheer diversity and beauty of this landscape. Ladakh is an experience of a lifetime; explore, appreciate this beautiful region. It is not just essentially the land of monasteries, the Land of High Passes has everything to quench your adrenaline rush and love for nature. Be it’s for a road trip or a romantic getaway, Ladakh will give you the best of both worlds!
Here’s the must see places in Ladakh:
1. Pangong Lake
Pangong Lake stretches as far as the eyes can see, and it changes colours with the light. The lake is at an altitude of 4,350 meters and is touted as the world’s highest saltwater lake. The 162Kms-long Lake falls on the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control, of which 70% is in China and 30% is in India. This endorheic Lake completely freezes in winters despite its salty water. If that doesn’t excite you, then remember the scene from the ‘3 Idiots’ movie where Kareena Kapoor goes to meet Aamir Khan riding a scooter. Witness the beauty of the world above; surrender yourself to the starry nights, from its banks. Photographers, get ready to click! If you are the one who prefers distance from the hustle and humdrum of urban life, choose from our Ladakh Holiday Packages and enjoy unhurried and quiet holidays.
2. Thiksey Monastery
The picture-postcard perfect Thiksay Monastery is located 19 kilometers from Leh, the capital town of Ladakh. With the snow-capped Karakoram Mountains as a backdrop, the Monsatery adorns a splendid setting. The magnificently imposing structure consists of a 12-story building with temples, a nunnery, an assembly hall and a location for around 120 monks. See the young novice monks in maroon robes take their lessons. The fifteenth century monastery is best explored at dawn when the monks have their daily prayer meeting.
3. Royal Leh Palace
If you are in Leh, there is no chance of missing this beautiful specimen of medieval Tibetan temple architecture. A nine-storey structure, built mostly out of soil, rocks and wood, rewards by an unobstructed panoramic view of the ravishing town, and all the spectacular sights of Stok Kangri and the Ladakh mountain range. Soak in the splendor that it once was; you get to see the restored the valuable ruins of the palace, the old pictures and paintings including Tibetan thangka
4. Khardungla Pass
What about driving to the world’s highest motorable pass? Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world, at an elevation of 5602 meters. It is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. Khardung la pass connects Leh and Nubra Valley and also serves as a gateway to the siachen glacier. The trail passes through remote areas, and the sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins make driving scary and exciting. Choose un[travel] to customize your Ladakh Tour and enjoy beautiful Ladakh.
5. Indus and Zanskar Confluence
You can’t miss this, the Sangam Point, the meeting point of the Indus and Zanskar River. There is sense of calmness about this place. The confluence of rivers takes place at a distance of 30 km west of Leh, and it is some scene as you can see the shiny bluish green waters of Indus merging with the muddy waters of Zanskar. It would be amazing to enjoy river rafting and steering through the unbridled waters of Zanskar River and Indus River, all by watching the views of Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges.
6. Nubra Valley
The 150-kilometer-long Valley has rich sightseeing and adventures opportunities. Turtuk is arguably the most beautiful village in the Nubra Valley. Abundance of flora, especially in the form of apricot farms, makes it the greenest place in the region. Hunter and Diskit villages and its monasteries are equally captivating. The 32-meter-tall statue of Maitreya Buddha, near the Diskit monastery, stands facing towards the Shyok River. How about getting a Bactarian camel ride amid marvelous sand dunes? The view of the valley is picturesque and breathtaking. Catch the best Holiday Deals in Ladakh and plan your exciting vacations.
Interesting, yet odd rocky and barren geographical formations makes Lamuyuru the ‘moonscape’ of Ladakh. It has the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh. The Monastery was a huge construction was a collection of five gigantic building out of which only one survives now. The 11th century monastery houses around 150 Buddhist monks. A walk along this tiny village is an experience. Lamayuru hosts the YuruKabgyat, two-day cultural festival, were the monks ware different mask during the ceremony.
Enchanting and serene is what describes Hanle. Hanle has the world’s highest astronomical observatory – situated at an altitude of 4500mts. The view from the top of the 17th century Buddhist monastery is simply breathtaking. Home to about 300 people and very few guesthouses, this small village is where you lose yourself to find yourself. Since the village is just 20 kms away from the international border, keep that inner line permit ready. Changthang valley has a landscape unique to Ladakh. The night sky in the open wilderness might remind you of Carl Sagan’s words: “We are all stardust”. Grab your suitable holiday package from un[travel]’s Ladakh Tour Packages and go offbeat in Ladakh.
9. Hemis National Park
Hemis National Park is also called the Snow Leopard Capital of the world. Not just the snow leopards, it gives a home to animal species which are not to be seen anywhere else in the country. The Park bursts with a variety of exotic floral species and amazing bird species. Indus and Zanskar Rivers flowing at its frontiers makes the Park more picturesque. It’s a nature lovers’ ecstasy.
10. The Magnetic Hill
It’s time to repeal the Law of gravity! The magnetic Hill or the “Cyclops hill” near Leh is one such place on earth where gravity doesn’t seem to exist at all. The surrounding and layout of the area gives the impression that road is going upward whereas it is actually going downward. The cars and objects moving in the area may look like it is going upward but they are actually going downwards. Some say it’s a mystery, some say it is clear optical illusion, we leave it to you think over! You can customize your travel to Ladakh with un[travel]’s range of Ladakh Customised Holiday Packages.