Enchanting is the word is best defined when one sets foot on Leh-Ladakh. Seriously, it just captures your heart and soul like no other and no matter how much you explore, there’s still a lot to be seen and you always crave for a little time more.
A place like no other, the beauty of the Ladakh is just not justified by mere set of words put together. One must visit Leh Ladakh to have a bountiful of natural beauty. There are tons of attractions in Leh-Ladakh; one might just argue that each corner of the place will leave you mesmerized and we totally agree to it. The place is a beautiful blend of Indian, Tibetan and Buddhist linings which makes it a treat for people wanting to experience different cultures under one roof.
All of this alluring tale aside, one must know how to get the best out of their tour to Leh-Ladakh and that’s precisely why we have hand-picked some beautiful and mesmerizing places for you to go visit and enjoy. Want to know which of these amazing places should be on your bucket list? Just scroll down, you folks!
1. Zanskar Valley
Without any further adieu, the first one to make it to our list and most probably your bucket list is Zanskar valley. Zanskar Valley is undoubtedly is one of the best places you can visit in Leh Ladakh. This place offers you complete desolation like no other in the Himalayan range. The steep terrains almost compete with heavenly skies when the sun reflects on it. And if that hasn’t got you into the loop, the connecting rivers to Zanskar also offer a chance at ‘White River Rafting’ in special seasons. Thrilling, right?
The Zanskar Valley is a place that you just cannot afford to miss while you’re in Ladakh! And the best time to visit Zanskar is between June to September when the temperature is moderate as it’s usually closed in extreme winters.
2. Pangong Tso Lake
We are very sure that every single one of you wanted to visit that breathtakingly beautiful lake from 3 Idiots where Kareena Kapoor finally proved to Aamir that ‘Naak beech mein nahi aati!’ 😉 We know, we know! We’ve been there too! It’s Pangong Tso, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Leh-Ladakh in the Changtang plateau in eastern Ladakh region.
Come night or day, the magic never ceases to transfix us at Pangong. Go find your own magic here or some of those proofs if you are lucky!
3. Royal Leh Palace
A short walk uphill from Leh market, Leh palace is one of the finest examples of medieval Tibetan architecture. Offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountain range and the valley below, it’s often compared to world famous palace like Pota in Lhasa. Leh palace is made of stones, wood, mud and sand that turn the palace into a cocoon during winters.
A prominent symbol of the royal family’s glory in the old times, this place cannot be missed by any explorer out there!
4. Khardung-la Pass
Khardungla Pass is a feast for adventurers and bike riders. This is an enthralling gateway to Nubra and Shyok valleys. While this might not be the most popular of them all, but the adventure junkies flock to this place like nowhere else. Managed by the Border Roads Organization, Kardung-la Pass is one of the most difficult yet thrilling passes to ride on and you must visit this between May to September.
5. Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley is a tri-armed valley towards the northeast. The sand dunes at Nubra Valley offer the tourists Arabian Nights like experience. Another tourist attraction from this place is their two-humped camels. So, make sure to have your own fill of Arabian Nights while you’re out and about in the scenic land of Leh! Not to forget, the best time to visit Nubra is during the autumn!
If you miss your visit to Kargil, your Ladakh trip is incomplete. Situated on the banks of the Indus river, Kargil is the second largest town in Ldakh. It is a transit hub with roads leading to Leh, Padum and Srinagar. It is heaven for adventurers so make sure you pack sufficiently to enjoy activities for adventure enthusiasts such as trekking and mountaineering at one of the most famous places in Leh Ladakh!
7. Shanti Stupa
The Shanti Stupa is inarguably one of the most magnificent Buddhist monuments in the north of India. As it’s located on a hill in Chanspa of Leh, you need to take the steep slights to reach the Stupa that welcomes you with a beautiful sunrise and sunset views.
What better place to invoke some thoughts from within than this?
8. Tso Kar
Tso Kar is an oscillating salt lake in Ladakh valley and also one of the most popular destinations in Ladakh. Popularly known as the ‘white lake’, Tso Kar is a serene retreat for many travelers. Tso Kar offers you uncountable amounts of beauty with a peaceful desolation. For a heavenly experience, it’s suggested to camp here overnight. For nature lovers, Tso Kar also serves as an amazing place for birdwatching.
9. Chadar Trek
Chadar Trek is one of the beautiful yet captivating experiences you can get in Ladakh. In winters, the most famous Zanskar river freezes to form a bed of ice and the upper layer is almost like a blanket. Hence, the Chadar Trek! When the sun shines on this frozen lake, the mild blue color changes to mild yellow as the sunlight reflects from it for a few hours. That’s not all, it looks milky white on a moonlit night. The Chadar Trek is well-known to be one of the most adventurous trek journeys in Ladakh.
Well, how about walking on a frozen lake to have the thrill of your life?
Going on a holiday to a heavenly piece of land like Ladakh is surely an experience of a lifetime. We sure hope that you are already browsing through some of the best packages that can give you some or better yet, ALL of these experiences we have picked here.0