Best Places to Visit in Jammu and Kashmir of 2017

  • 01 Pangong Lake

    Pangong Lake
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    One of the most visited attractions of in Ladakh tourist places, Pangong Lake has done the honour of being the backdrop of many Bollywood movies like Dil Se, Jab tak Hai Jaan, Sanam Re etc. The shimmering lake makes a breathtaking backdrop where you can admire nature’s artwork at its best.

    With its crystal clear waters surrounded by beautiful hills, Pangong Lake captures the tourists attention and transport them into a serene adventure. The tranquil lake is home to many migratory birds in the summer and makes the landscape even more interesting with the flora and fauna. Tourists here can also enjoy a memorable vacation by camping near Pangong Lake to relax and unwind in the beautiful backdrop. 

    Highlights: Pangong Lake is known for its exceptional feature where it changes its colours throughout the day from azure blue to grey, green etc. making it one among the many lakes around the world. 

    Best time to visit: The most preferred time to visit Leh is during the summers from the month of June to September. 

    Location: Pangong Lake, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India 

    Distance from Leh: It is situated at a distance of 225 kilometers from Leh which takes about a 5 hour drive to reach. 



  • 02 Nubra Valley

    Nubra Valley
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    With some awe-striking monasteries and an air of serenity, Nubra Valley is a destination where you can brace yourself for the most adventurous holiday. The place can be entered after offering your travel permits at Khardung La Pass. The place is more than 3000 metres above the sea level and presents a marvelous landscape where the two rivers Nubra and Shayok merge forming a beautiful valley.

    With a scenery formed by snow clad mountains, Nubra Valley is often known as ‘broken moonland’ as the valley replicates the landscape of the moon. Some of the best attractions of Nubra Valley are Maitreya Buddha statue, Lachung Temple, Diskit Monastery etc. Nubra Valley also boasts of hot springs of Panamik and the sacred lake called Yarab Tso near the village. 

     Highlights: One of the major highlights of Nubra Valley is the pictures when views of the highest desert of the world in Hunder where you can bactarian camel rides. 

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit Nubra Valley is from the month of July to September during the autumn season. 

    Location: Nubra Valley, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India 

    Distance from Leh: Nubra Valley is located at distance of 150 kilometres from Leh. 

  • 03 Khardung La

    Khardung La
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    Situated at an elevation of 5602 meters, Khardung La is one of the places which you must visit in Ladakh tourist places to enjoy the feeling of being on the top of the world. Often known as the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys, Khardung La boasts of a magnificent visit.

    It is among the world’s highest motorable passes and sometimes also referred to as ‘Pass of Lower Castle’. People must visit Khardung La to be surprised by the panoramic views and the serene air of this place. The experience of travelling from Leh to Khardung La presents some of the most scenic landscapes on the way that makes it a thrilling moment for all adventure aficionados. 

     Highlights: The place holds a very strategic importance for ages. Khardung La has formed the major caravan route between Leh and Kashgar in Central Asia. One can still spot a small population of Bactrian animals at Hunder. 

    Best time to visit: The months between May and October remain the most ideal to visit Khardung La 

    Location: Khardung La Pass, Jammu and Kashmir 

    Distance from Leh: The distance between Leh and Kardung La is 39 kilometers by road. 

  • 04 Tso Moriri

    Tso Moriri
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    One of the most popular places to visit in Ladakh, Tso Moriri is a great visit for nature lovers. It is located in the Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary and is renowned for its tranquil ambience. With a background of snow-clad mountains, Tso Moriri is an exquisite landmark of nature in Ladakh and also boasts of being not very crowded.

    Often called the mountain lake, Tso Moriri makes for a perfect place to relax and escape the noise of all the world to surrender yourself to the serenity of the mountains. Tourists here can enjoy a delicious Maggi and tea from the number of stalls and bask in the wonder of nature. With deep blue waters encompassed by barren mountains, Tso Moriri is one sight to behold when you are Ladakh sightseeing.  

    Highlights: One of the major highlights of this lake is that it is a declared wetland reserve. Perfect for bird-watchers, some of the interesting species which can be spotted here are bare-headed goose, the great-crested grebe, the Brahmin duck and the brown-headed gull. 

    Best time to visit: The best months of the year to plan a trip to Tso Moriri is from May to August 

    Location: Tso Moriri, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India 

    Distance from Leh: Tso Moriri Lake is located about 240 kilometers southeast of Leh 

  • 05 Shanti Stupa

    Shanti Stupa
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    At a height of 11841 meters above sea level, Shanti Stupa is a magnificent structure dedicated to Buddhism amongst the most famous places to visit in Ladakh. Attracting scores of tourists every year, Shanti Stupa boasts of unparalleled beauty with its white dome structure. Encompassed by the beautiful city of Leh, Shanti Stupa offers some scintillating views of all the surroundings.

    Aiming to spread the teachings of Buddha to promote peace, Shanti Stupa is an enthralling retreat if you want to combine a spiritual escape with a visual treat for your eyes. At Shanti Stupa, one can enjoy seeing the old relics of Buddhism along with an idol blessed by the 14th Dalai Lama. It is a wonderful place for photographers and offers a spectacular viewpoint for the entire city. 

    Highlights: With its breathtaking architecture, Shanti Stupa is best enjoyed at the time of full moon night when the white structure is naturally illuminated against the panoramic backdrop. 

    Best time to visit: Summers are the best time to visit Shanti Stupa. One must try to plan their visit during sunrise and sunset to get the most mesmerising views. 

    Location: Shanti Stupa, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India 

    Distance from Leh: Shanti Stupa is located at a distance of just 6 kilometers from Leh town. 



  • 06 Magnetic Hill

    Magnetic Hill
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    With a layout that makes it look like a hill, Magnetic Hill is one of the most interesting places to visit in Ladakh for the curious souls. Being greeted by a yellow signboard that says ‘The Phenomenon That Defies Gravity’, Magnetic Hill is a fascinating place where your car will move without even hitting the accelerator.

    The unbelievable phenomenon that makes the car move uphill without any effort is a thing of inquisitiveness for everyone. Some of the interesting activities which you can try here are quad biking and check out a few other places like Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Nimmu Valley etc. 

     Highlights: It is also called ‘Cyclops Hill’ and has many theories associated with it. Apart from scientific theories like magnetic force theory and optical illusion theory, there is a popular local legend too. According to the locals, there was once a path that led straight to heaven and those who deserved were pulled towards it while those who didn’t be left. 

    Best time to visit: The months of summer are the best to visit Magnetic Hill. 

    Location: Magnetic Hill, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India 

    Distance from Leh: Magnetic Hill is located at a distance of 30 kilometres from Leh city. 

  • 07 Lamayuru Monastery

    Lamayuru Monastery
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    One of the most famous Buddhist monasteries, Lamayuru Monastery is one such place in Ladakh that you really must not miss out on visiting. With a number of legends associated to it, it is often considered to be the oldest and the largest monastery in Ladakh.

    In the midst of barren mountains, Lamayuru Monastery is home to more than 150 monks and ages back to the 10th century A.D. The place boasts of a great collection of artifacts, wall paintings, statues etc and attracts visitors whether they are looking for spirituality or are just casual tourists in Ladakh. The peaceful ambience and the beautiful locales of Lamayuru Monastery is something that will take your breath away.  

    Highlights: One of the major attractions of Lamayuru Monastery is the festival of Yuru Kabgyat. This is one of the most spectacular two-day festival that will give you a glimpse of the resplendent Ladakhi culture. 

    Best time to visit: The months from June to September are the best time to visit Lamayuru Monastery. 

    Location: Lamayuru Monastery, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India. 

    Distance from Leh: Lamayuru is located 107 kilometers west of Leh



  • 08 Alchi Monastery

    Alchi Monastery
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    Believed to be constructed between 958 and 1055 AD, Alchi Monastery is one of the best-preserved monuments that you should visit when you indulge in Ladakh sightseeing. The monastery was constructed by Guru Rinchen Zangpo and famous as the oldest Buddhist learning centre in Ladakh.

    Unlike other monasteries which are located on hilltops, Alchi Monastery is located on flat ground and has two major temples called Lakhang Soma and Lotsabha Lakhang. There is also the temple of Manjushri where one can enchant themselves with the classic architecture of ancient India. Other important places to explore at Alchi Monastery are Dukhang or Assembly Hall, Main Temple (gTsug-lag-
    khang), Manjushri Temple ('Jam-dpal lHa-khang), and Chortens.  

    Highlights: The most enticing attractions at Alchi Monastery is the intricate artwork with carvings on wood and the imposing statues of Buddha where you can appreciate the ancient architecture. 

    Best time to visit: The most ideal time to visit Alchi Monastery is when festivals are celebrated like Chotrul Duchen, Dajyur, Galdan Namchot, Losar, Monlam and Sho Dun. Otherwise, the months from May to September are the best for visiting Alchi Monastery. 

    Location: Alchi Monastery, Alchi Village, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India 

    Distance from Leh: Alchi Monastery is located at a distance of 70 kilometres from Leh. 



  • 09 Royal Leh Palace

    Royal Leh Palace
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    Also called Lhachen Palkhar, Royal Leh Palace is a 17th-century palace that was once a former residence for the royals of Leh kingdom. Currently maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, Royal Leh Palace is one of the best examples of Tibetan medieval architecture. It is known for offering the most mesmerising views of Stok Kangri, Ladakh mountain ranges and the town of Leh from the top. Although the palace is not in very good condition, it remains a popular tourist attraction for anyone who is on a vacation in Leh and Ladakh. 

    Highlights: The best part of visiting Royal Leh Palace is the guarantee of the most spectacular views of Leh along with a cultural experience. With a vibrant collection of crowns, paintings, dresses, and jewelry, Royal Leh Palace is a fascinating visit to Ladakh sightseeing. 

    Best time to visit: The months from April to September are the best to visit Royal Leh Palace as the weather is pleasant and one can enjoy the best views during this time. 

    Location: Royal Leh Palace, Leh City, Jammu and Kashmir, India 

    Distance from Leh: It is located at a distance of just 2 kilometers from Leh. 

  • 10 Zanskar Valley

    Zanskar Valley
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    Famous for its wonderful mountains and a breathtaking landscape, Zanskar Valley is an exquisite destination for adventure junkies. With its enthralling views and the beauty of Himalayan mountains, Zanskar Valley is famous for its monasteries and adventure activities.

    Located at an elevation of 13154 feet above sea level, Zanskar Valley is inaccessible for over 9 months of the year and has been relatively unexplored as compared to other places in Ladakh. Some of the popular attractions of Zanskar Valley are Zongla, Zongkhul, Stongdey etc. There are centuries old monasteries and many trekking trails which you can enjoy seeing when you are in Zanskar Valley. 

     Highlights: Zanskar Valley is one of the best places in Ladakh for the thrill seekers. Tourists here can look forward to indulging in activities like trekking, paragliding, rafting etc. Suru Valley is the most spectacular place to visit here in Ladakh valley to be mesmerised by the best views of the lakes and the landscape. 

    Best time to visit: The months of summer are the best to visit Zanskar Valley. 

    Location: Zanskar Valley, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India 

    Distance from Leh: The distance between Leh and Zanskar Valley is 105 kilometres. 

  • 11 Hemis National Park

    Hemis National Park
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    If you want to catch a sight of the elusive snow leopards, Hemis National Park is the place where you should set your GPS to. Located in the Trans Himalayan region of Ladakh, Hemis National Park is one of the most wonderful places for wildlife lovers in Ladakh. With about 30 to 50 snow leopards, Hemis National Park offers some thrilling sights to all the tourists. One can also spot other animals like wolves, red foxes, blue sheep, mountain goats, bharals etc. In the midst of the barren terrain, Hemis National Park is an enthralling retreat for nature lovers in Ladakh. 

    Highlights: Hemis National Park is renowned as one of the prestigious snow leopard reserves under a Central Government project to conserve the endangered species in their natural habitat. 

    Best time to visit: It is advisable to plan your trip to Hemis National Park only during the summer months preferably from April to June. If you are interested in spotting animals, the months of September to June are the best. 

    Location: Hemis National Park, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh- Hemis National park is about 40 km away from Leh.

  • 12 Spituk Gompa

    Spituk Gompa
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    Catch the most breathtaking views of the Indus Valley from the astounding Spituk Monastery in Ladakh. Located on a hilltop, the place is known for offering the most splendid views of natural beauty as you can see the River Indus flowing through the majestic landscape.

    The Buddhist monastery is believed to be blessed by the Arhat Nyimagung and was established by Od-De, the the elder brother of La Lama Changchub-Od in the 11th century. The major striking points of this place are the giant statue of Kali and several icons of Lord Buddha. The monastery houses about 100 monks and attracts tourists to enthrall then with the glorious views of Indus river.

     Highlights: One of the most striking features of Spituk Valleys is the local festival of Gustor that is celebrated at Spituk Monastery. The best attractions of this place are the Cham dance and enjoy music, prayers and explore the art and culture of the place. 

     Best time to visit: The most preferred time to visit Spituk Monastery is from June to October. 

     Location- Spituk Monastry, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 

     Distance from Leh: It is located about 18 kms away from Leh main city.



  • 13 Hall of Fame

    Hall of Fame
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    Built in the memory of valiant soldiers who laid down their lives in the infamous Indo-Pak war, Hall of Fame is a wonderful break in places to visit in Ladakh. It is one of the must visit places for history and culture lovers and maintained by the Indian Army. It boasts of many interesting displays and has many sections.

    People here can catch a look of various weapons and armory that was used in the war. There are also many pictures concerning the life of soldiers at Siachen glacier. Many pictures of Kargil War can also be seen here that recounts the fascinating history of an integral event in the history of Indian Army. 

     Highlights: One of the most striking features of this place is the beautiful statue of Lord Buddha with a very heart-touching message- "It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell."

    Best time to visit: The months from April to June are the best for planning a visit to the Hall of Fame in Ladakh. 

    Location: Hall of Fame Museum, Leh Kargil Road, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 

    Distance from Leh: The distance between Leh and Hall of Fame is just 4 kilometers 



  • 14 Chadar Trek

    Chadar Trek
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    Literally meaning a sheet of ice, Chadar trek is known for its icy pathway that leads the trekkers to one of the most scintillating treks in India. Lately, the trek has gained a lot of popularity among the adventure seekers. With a lot of preparation, one can easily enjoy this trek walking on the snowy glacier to challenge themselves.

    Although the trek is known for having the harshest climatic conditions for the trekkers, it is an enticing activity where you can look forward to having an experience to remember for a lifetime. One can compare this trek to walking towards the North Pole and soak the beauty of the dramatic scenery comprising the River Zanskar and mountains on both sides. 

    Highlights: It is one of the most glorious treks in India and has been extensively covered in popular media through channels like Discovery and National Geographic. Boasting of Sub-Zero temperatures at times, Chadar trek is known for offering one of the most unique experiences for the trekkers. 

    Best time to visit: The most amazing time to enjoy Chadar trek for a full dose of adventure is during the months of January and February. Lasting for about 10 days, Chadar trek is a wonderful respite from the usual trekking places in India. 

    Location: Zanskar River, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: The starting point for the trek is about 75 kilometers from Leh 



  • 15 Hemis Monastery

    Hemis Monastery
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    One of the most notable monasteries in Ladakh tourist places, Hemis Monastery promises to leave you spellbound. Constructed in 1672 AD, Hemis Monastery is known to attract a number of tourists. Located on the serene banks of the Indus river, Hemis Monastery is known for the vibrant celebration of Hemis Tsechu which is the annual festival. 

    It is famed for its astonishing architecture and one can explore a number of a large collection of Buddhist structure, statues and several ancient items that are a testimony to the rich culture of ancient times in Ladakh. It is also a world heritage site and offers an enthralling view of the surroundings. At the sanctuary, there is a chance of spotting rare snow leopard, Ibex, and other wild animals.

     Highlights: Also renowned as the wealthiest monasteries in India, hemis Monastery is known for the teaching of Tantric Vajrayana. The most highlighting feature of Hemis Monastery is the time when the Hemis festival takes place and the whole place is decorated by lamas. Other interesting sights during this festival are Cham dance and the display of Thangkas. 

    Best time to visit: The months of June and July are the best to visit Hemis Monastery 

    Location: Hemis Monastery, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Hemis Monastery is located about 45 km away from Leh.

  • 16 Mulbekh Monastery

    Mulbekh Monastery
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    Comprising the two gompas called Drukpa and Gulugpa, Mulbekh Monastery is renowned for the majestic statue of Maitreya Buddha. Located at a high altitude, Mulbekh Monastery is most famous for this wonderful 9-meter tall idol that is supposed to be as old as the 8th century.

    The monastery offers some enchanting views of the valley and attracts many tourists. The statue overlooks the beautiful panorama on the National Highway 1D that connects the two places of Leh and Kargil. Other highlights of this place are the presence of many prized lyrics, ancient inscriptions, and frescoes. 

    Highlights: Mulbekh Monastery is best known for the nine-meter statue of Maitreya Buddha that covers the base to top of this place. This rock sculpture is famed to be carved by Ladakhi missionaries and is boasts of having a great amalgamation of Saivite symbols and early Buddhist art. 

    Best time to visit: The months from June to September are considered the best to visit Mulbekh Monastery. 

    Location: Mulbekh Monastery, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh:  Mulbekh Monastery is about 260 km away from Leh. 



  • 17 Moonland

    Moonland
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    Without the need to fly through space, one can enjoy a glimpse of the moon’s landscape on our very own earth at Moonland that lies between Kargil and Leh. The place is so scenic that it will take your breath away and becomes one of the must visit for all the shutterbugs in Ladakh.

    With a landscape that appears to have been carved out of a fantasy, Moonland is a great place to be enthralled by natural beauty. The best ways to enjoy the landscape at Moonland is to be here at the time of full moon night which makes it one of the most memorable vistas that you will behold in your life. 

    Highlights: Moonland is famous for drawing in a lot of photography lovers as it presents a breathtaking landscape resembling the likes of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Dakota in the US. 

    Best time to visit: The months of summer are the most preferred time to visit this place in Ladakh.

    Location: Moonland, Lamayuru, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: The Lamayuru Village is located at a distance of about 100 km from the city of Leh.

  • 18 Likir Monastery

    Likir Monastery
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    Believed to be existing since the 11th century, Likir Monastery is hailed as one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. Originally called Klu-kkhyil gompa, Likir Monastery is mostly renowned for the 75 feet statue of Buddha. It derives its name from the two serpent spirits known as Nanda and Taksako. Nestled on the banks of the gurgling waters of Indus, Likir Monastery is a beautiful place where one can enjoy some surreal views.

    Along with the breathtaking serenity, Likir Monastery can be visited to explore a number of paintings, murals, stone reliefs and many other interesting relics concerning the heritage and history of Buddhism. There is also a school where one can visit the library to browse through some old manuscripts and books of Buddha and teachings of Tsong Khapa. 

    Highlights: Likir Monastery belongs to Gelugpa monastic order of Tibetan Buddhism and was built in the fifteenth century. It houses about 120 Buddhist monks and offers a serene respite from the noise and pollution of the cities. 

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit this place if from June to September.

    Location: Likir Monastery, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Likir Monastery is about 52 km away from Leh.

  • 19 Tso Kar Lake

    Tso Kar Lake
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    Also famous as 'White Lake’, Tso Kar Lake is known for its white salt water deposits. At an altitude of 4660 meters, this lake is a wonderful spot if you are enthralled by bird watching. It is also a well-known spot for nature lovers as one can spot a lot of wildlife in the surroundings of Tso Kar Lake.

    Some of the common animals and birds which can be seen here are black-necked cranes, kiangs, Brahmi ducks, bar-headed geese, ibex and snow leopards. With the landscape comprising of green lakes and glimmering mountains, Tso Kar Lake offers a peaceful visit when you are looking for the most soothing Ladakh tourist places. 

    Highlights: Tso Kar Lake is known for its serenity and natural beauty situated in the midst of snow clad mountains. As it shines in the middle of a breathtaking landscape, Tso Kar Lake is a superb spot if you are looking to soothe your eyes with delightful vistas. 

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit Tso Kar Lake is from May to August.

    Location: Tso Kar Lake, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Tso Kar Lake is at a distance of approximately 150 km from the city of Leh.

  • 20 Phuktal Monastery

    Phuktal Monastery
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    Perched in the remote town of Phugtal, this is a popular cave gompa that you must visit when you are in Ladakh. It is located next to River Lungnak and offers a tranquil ambience that captivates your soul. It is famed as a scenic retreat to indulge in meditation and learning. 

    There are 70 monks who reside in the monastery and is believed to be founded by GangsemSherapSampo. Often called the 'cave of liberation’, Phuktal Monastery is one of the most unique monasteries in India. Dating back to the 12th century, Phugtal Monastery is famed for having various frescos and murals on Buddhist history. 

    Highlights: Phuktal Monastery is famous for its astounding construction that gives it a look of a honeycomb. Built from mud and timber, Phuktal Gompa is an isolated monastery with a very fine look located at the entrance of a natural cave near Lungnak river. 

    Best time to visit: June to September is the most ideal time to plan a trip to 

    Location: Phugtal Monastery, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Phugtal Monastery is at a distance of about 410 km from Leh.



  • 21 Stakna Monastery

    Stakna Monastery
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    One of the important Buddhist monasteries of the Drugpa Sect, Stakna Monastery is located on the banks of River Indus. It was established in the 16th century by the Bhutanese scholar known as Chosje Jamyang Palkar.

    Stakna literally translates to ‘tiger’s nose’ as the shape of the hill resembles the same features. It is home to about 30 monks and offers an interesting exploration into Tibetan culture and heritage. The interesting features of this monastery are the assembly hall called Dukhang, 7ft tall silver gilded chorten consisting of a figure of Lord Buddha and many paintings of Buddhist saints and scholars. 

    Highlights: Stakna Monastery is a great trip for those who like to carry their cameras around to capture the beauty of life. It offers some of the best vantage points to in Ladakh to capture photographs of the Indus river. 

    Best time to visit: Owing to clear roads in summer, June to September are the best months to plan a trip to Stakna Monastery when you are visiting Ladakh. 

    Location: Stakna, Jammu and Kashmir 

    Distance from Leh: It is located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Leh city 



  • 22 Shey Monastery

    Shey Monastery
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    One of the most mesmerising places to visit in Ladakh, Shey Monastery was founded in the 16th century. Once used as a summer retreat for the royal family of Ladakh, Shey Monastery is often called Shey Palace. Mostly famous for the second largest statue of Buddha, Shey Monastery is revered as an important Buddhist heritage site.

    When visiting here, one can look forward to browsing through various wall paintings, murals, and manuscripts related to Buddhist culture. It is a must visit for history lovers and offers a peaceful getaway for the tourists in Ladakh. 

    Highlights: The most striking feature of this monastery is the larger than life statue of Shakyamuni Lord Buddha. Also, it is known for many unique and vibrant festivals called Shey Doo Lhoo and Shey Suey Rupla. 

    Best time to visit: The months from February to August are considered to be the best for visiting Shey Monastery. 

    Location: Shey Monastery, Leh Manali Highway, Jammu and Kashmir, India 

    Distance from Leh: It is located at a distance of about 14 kilometers from Leh city. 

  • 23 Diskit Gompa

    Diskit Gompa
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    One of the most visited sites in Ladakh tourist places, Diskit Monastery is known to be the oldest and largest monastery in Ladakh. Believed to be built in the 14th century, Diskit Monastery is a sight to behold for most of the tourists who visit Ladakh. Offering a dazzling view of the Nubra Valley, Diskit monastery is best known for the 100-foot statue of Lord Buddha.

    There is also a school run with the help of an NGO for Tibetan children and tourists can also look forward to going through various shrines which are there in Diskit Monastery. When you are visiting Diskit Monastery, one of the attractions that you should not miss are the gompa of Hunder and the river to be mind-blown by the amazing scenery. 

    Highlights: The most striking feature of Diskit Monastery is the majestic statue of Lord Buddha that is 100-foot-high and was inaugurated by the holy Dalai Lama. 

    Best time to visit: The months of July to September are the best to visit this place as winters are not advisable due to blocking of roads. 

    Location: Diksirt Gompa, Diksit, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 

    Distance from Leh: Diksit Gompa is approximately 120 km away from Leh. 



  • 24 Thiksey Monastery

    Thiksey Monastery
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    Perched atop a hill, Thiksey Monastery is a famous monastery in Ladakh and is a must visit for all the tourists. Whether you are a pilgrim seeking something spiritual or just looking to explore some beautiful sights. The monastery is known for having a majestic statue of Maitreya (future Buddha) that is about 40 feet in height.

    One of the most prominent attractions of visiting Thiksey Monastery is the morning prayers that that brings in flocks of people to witness the enchanting event. The monastery is also known to offer some beautiful views of the Indus valley and the serene surroundings. If you are interested in exploring the local culture, attending the Gustor festival comes highly recommended. 

    Highlights: One of the highlights of this place is that it is often referred to as 'Mini Potola’ of India because of its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa which is also a world heritage site. 

    Best time to visit:The best time to visit this place is from April in the summer months as it remains closed from November because of snowfall. 

    Location: Thiksey Monastery, Thiksey Village, Leh-Manali highway, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Thicksey Monastery is about 18 km away from the main city of Leh.

  • 25 Kargil

    Kargil
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    With an interesting history and an attraction for the adrenaline seekers, Kargil is one of the best attractions in Ladakh. Although it is a volatile region, Kargil is known to attract a lot of tourists where you can see a lot of things. The place is known for having many Buddhist monasteries like Lamayuru Monastery, Phuktal, Sani & the Cave Monastery. A must visit for nature lovers, Kargil boasts of a beautiful landscape with the Suru river flowing between the rocks.

    Kargil is also a nice visit to shopaholics who can find a variety of items there like Woollen items, Buddhist paintings, Pashmina shawls, Tobacco pouches, Brass kettles, Hookahs etc. Other notable places to visit in Kargil are Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum, Drass War Memorial, Mulbekh Monastery and Kargil City View Point. 

    Highlights: Kargil is a wonderful destination if you are looking for some adventure with wonderful tourism. This was the place where India fought the 1999 war with Pakistan and situated very close to the Line of Control. 

    Best time to visit: The months from April to June are the best to explore Kargil when you are in Ladakh. 

    Location: Kargil District, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: The distance between Kargil and Leh is about 220 km. 



  • 26 Ripchar Valley

    Offering the spectacular vistas of Zanskar, Karakoram, and the Great Himalayas, Ripchar Valley is a wonderful getaway for adventure seekers. The exciting trail takes you through some of the most mesmerising landscapes in Ladakh and keeps you intrigued throughout the trek.

    Some of the interesting spots which one can see in Ripchar Valley are the small villages, verdant pastures, and many beautiful landscapes. The trek usually lasts for 5 to 6 days which is a decent amount of time to enjoy every place in Ripchar Valley. Surrounded by a dramatic scenery, this place is also a gorgeous spot for all the photography lovers. 

    Highlights: Ripchar Valley trek is a very enticing trek for all the nature lovers who can spot many rare Himalayan birds and flowers when they undertake this trek. The serene beauty of this trek is very exhilarating. 

    Best time to visit: The months from June to September are considered to be the best for visiting Ripchar Valley as the weather is most suitable during this time.  

    Location: Ripchar Valley, Jammu and Kashmir, India 




  • 27 Pather Sahib Gurudwara

    Pather Sahib Gurudwara
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    One of the most important spiritual and religious places to visit in Ladakh, Pather Sahib Gurudwara should not be missed when you are in Ladakh. Standing amidst the clouds, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is a historical shrine that has a very interesting legend associated with it.

    It is maintained by the Indian army and boasts of spectacular natural beauty. The cherishing nature here brings out the photographer in you and will leave you speechless with the serene ambience. One should try to visit the gurdwara on Sundays when there is a weekly shabad kirtan ceremony which is followed by a larger-than-usual langar (free lunch).

    Highlights: There is a popular legend associated with this temple that says that there was a demon who tried to kill Guru Nanak when he was meditating here. The demon tried to hit a rock but when he did, the rock turned waxy soft and could not disturb the praying figure of Guru Nanak. 

    Best time to visit: June to October are the best months of the year to plan a trip to Gurudwara Pather Sahib. 

    Location: Pather Sahib Gurudwara, Leh Kargil Road, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: It is located on the Leh-Kargil Road at a distance of about 26 km from the city of Leh.

  • 28 Namgyal Tsemo Monastery

    Namgyal Tsemo Monastery
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    In one of the most captivating settings, Namgyal Tsemo Monastery is one of the most serene places to visit in Ladakh. Built in the 15th century, Namgyal Tsemo Monastery was constructed by the king Tashi Namgyal after whom the monastery is named.

    After crossing an interesting zig-zag path from Chubi, Namgyal Monastery is renowned for its spectacular beauty with the river Indus flowing through the dazzling Zanskar range. It's a great visit whether you are seeking spiritual rejuvenation or on a tryst of adventure. The spiritual atmosphere becomes more enthralling when you see the colorful flags and the natural landscape at Namgyal Monastery. 

     Highlights: The place is best known for the beautiful gold statue of Maitreya Buddha which is three stores high. Along with that, one can explore statues of Buddha, frescos and paintings in the Assembly Hall of the monastery. 

    Best time to visit: The most preferred time to visit the monastery is between the month of June To September.

    Location: Namgyal Tsemo Monastery, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Namgyal Tsemo Monastery is at a distance of about 5 km from the city of Leh.

  • 29 Leh Post Office

    Leh Post Office
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    Known among the few post offices in India that are located at a very high altitude, Leh Post Office is one of the notable tourist attractions in Ladakh. It is located at an altitude of 3500 meters and is famous as the only Post office in India where people work under such rough conditions.

    With very tough climatic condition and the rough condition of roads, Leh Post Office is a place you must visit. The place offers all the postal amenities despite the unpredictable climatic condition like delivery of mails, parcels, money transfer, banking etc. It is one of the most accessible post offices in Ladakh and attracts travellers who come here to buy postcards. 

     Highlights: Leh Post Office is known to be the only Post office in India which is operated under the most dramatic climatic condition. Here the weather is very unpredictable and keeps changing continuously according to seasons. 

    Best time to visit: The summer months from April to June are the best time to visit here. Since the climate here is very unpredictable, it is better you check in advance before planning your trip. 

    Location: Leh Post Office, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: It is located just half a kilometer away from the main city.



  • 30 Donkey Sanctuary

    Another of the most unique attractions in Ladakh tourist places, Donkey Sanctuary is one of the only such sanctuaries in entire Asia. It is a vast expanse of land to witness the donkeys going on with their daily lives. Donkey Sanctuary is where you can see about 30 donkeys which are usually either pregnant or injured ones being kept and taken care of. 

    The place boasts of a very kind environmental initiative taken by Joanne Lefson who started this sanctuary to improve the living conditions of the donkeys in Ladakh. Donkey Sanctuary offers a wonderful getaway to be a part of something so generous when you are in Ladakh. 

    Highlights: Also called the ‘home for helpless donkeys’, this sanctuary is a wonderful initiative to take care of old and sick donkeys, asses and mules who have been deserted by their owners in Ladakh. One can visit here to witness the donkeys hanging out, making new friends, eat food and live peacefully in a safe shelter. 

    Best time to visit: The best months to visit Donkey Sanctuary is between the month of April to June. 

    Location: Donkey Sanctuary, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 

    Distance from Leh: It is located at a distance of 3 km from the main city.



  • 31 Sarchu

    Sarchu
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    Also renowned as Sir Bhum Chun, Sarchu is one of the most thrilling places to visit in Ladakh. Located on the boundary of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, Sarchu is known to attract many adventure seekers due to its wonderful location. 

    Often used as a halting place when traveling from Manali to Leh, Sarchu is also known for its Indian army base camp near Tsarap Chu river. It is famous for offering many exhilarating trekking opportunities as it is known for its barren lands and arid landscapes carved beautifully by nature. 

    Highlights: Due to its strategic importance, Sarchu is one of the notable places to visit. Since the ancient times, it comprised an integral place in the silk route. 

    Best time to visit: Since it remains closed in winters due to snow, the months from June to September are best for planning a trip to Sarchu. 

    Location: Sarchu lies on the Leh Manali Highway. 

    Distance from Leh: Sarchu is located at a distance of 260 kilometers from Leh city. 



  • 32 Pang

    Pang
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    Lying on the mesmerising Leh Manali highway, Pang is known for having the highest base camp for the army used generally during transits. It is one of the most useful halts on the way and located between Sarchu and Leh.

    Although it does not boast of many tourist places, it is its location that makes it one of the important places to visit in Ladakh. It offers basic tented accommodation and basic food is also available at most of the tea houses to keep the travellers refreshed on their way to Leh coming from Manali.  

    Highlights: Pang is best known for the world’s highest transit camp for the army as it is located at an altitude of 15,640 feet above sea level. It is used by the army as an important halt when moving as it lies in the area that borders Pakistan and China. 

    Best time to visit: The summer months from April to June are the best for visiting Pang when you are in a vacation in Ladakh. 

    Location: It is located on the Manali Leh Highway




  • 33 Upshi

    Upshi
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    Encompassed by ice-laden mountains, Upshi is a beautiful village where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals. The residents of this village have been famed worldwide and known to make the tourists feel at home by serving them in the friendliest way despite their poverty.

    The scenic beauty of this place is breathtaking and offers some of the most scenic views of Ladakh. The most interesting thing about this place is the wonderful people who depend on goat farming and tourism for their livelihood and offer the best company for the tourists.  

    Highlights: Upshi is often famed to be one of the best internationally recognised tourist places in Jammu and Kashmir. With just 26 households and a population of 128, Upshi is a spectacular town to get a glimpse of Ladakhi culture and interact with the friendly locals who always welcome the tourists with a smile.

    Best time to visit: May to October is the best time to visit Upshi.

    Location: Upshi, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Upshi Village is a distance of 47 km from Leh.



  • 34 Markha Valley

    Markha Valley
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    Markha Valley, boasting of an arid cold desert is one of the favorite treks for people visiting Ladakh. Crossing through the picturesque landscapes replete with wildlife and many vibrant Buddhist villages, Markha Valley trek is one of the most celebrated treks for adventure lovers to get a respite from mundane activities.

    It boasts of having many remote locations on the way and often called a ‘tea house trek’. It is a great trek for those who are looking for some challenging treks in Ladakh as it passes through some steep cliff and deadly moraines. Some of the popular places which you can cross on Markha Valley trek are Rumbak village, Yurutse and Hemis National Park. 

    Highlights: Markha Valley is known to offer a thrilling trek for wildlife lovers. The trek passes through a number of wonderful places like Hemis National Park and the Rumbak Valley where one can spot a number of wild species like Snow Leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), Arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Blue sheep, Red fox, Tibetan wolf, Dhole (wild dog), Marmot and Mountain hare

    Best time to visit: The most preferred time to plan a visit Markha valley is from June to Mid- October.

    Location: Markha Valley, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 




  • 35 Stok Kangri

    Stok Kangri
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    One of the most adventurous Ladakh tourist places, Stok Kangri boasts of being located at a height of 3500 meters above sea level. It is a wonderland for trekking lovers and offers one of the most thrilling treks in India. The place is known to offer striking views of the Himalayan range with all its peace and solitude.

    With a number of ridges that promises a new scenery at every step, Stok Kangri is the place to go to be enthralled by fascinating views of the surroundings that comprise of Zanskar and Indus Valley. With a thick snow cover, Stok Kangri is a brilliant getaway if you want to see the most spectacular views and challenge yourself to reach the summit of one of the most magnificent peaks in Ladakh. 

    Highlights: Stok Kangri is often cited as one of the most challenging treks where you face minus degree temperatures and endure the harshest climatic conditions. The trekking adventure here has recently become a popular source of tourist attractions and promises a wonderful time for expert trekkers. 

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit Stok Kangri is during the month of July and August. 

    Location: Stok Kangri, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Stok Kangri is at a distance of about 22 kilometers from Leh. 

  • 36 Drass

    Drass
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    Brace yourself for some of the most enthralling views of your life when you visit the second coldest inhabited place in the world called Drass in Ladakh. Drass is boasted of its rugged landscape that is a paradise for adventure lovers. The picturesque locales of Drass offer a stunning view of the nearby villages and mountains to leave you speechless.

    Tourists here can enjoy many enterprising activities like trekking yo Manman Top to witness the breathtaking view of Drass Valley with the Line of Control. Some of the major attractions of Drass are the natural beauty in the isolated villages of Dongchik and Laser La. History lovers here should visit the Brigade War Gallery and chat with the friendly locals to know more about their history and culture. 

    Highlights: Drass is often referred to as The Gateway to Ladakh and is renowned for an unparalleled natural spectacle as it comprises of small streams surrounded by the mountains. 

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit Drass is during the summer months till September. Winters are not preferred to visit as there is heavy snowfall at that time. 

    Location: Dras, Kargil District, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Drass is about 280 km away from Leh.

  • 37 Rizong Monastery

    Rizong Monastery
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    Belonging to the Gelukpa order, Rizong Monastery was formed in 1831 by the great Lama Tsultim Nima. Known among the most popular monasteries in Ladakh, Rizong Monastery is home to about 40 monks who have chosen their life goal to trace the path to God. 

    Following a very disciplined lifestyle abiding the Buddhist principles, Rizong Monastery is a wonderful place to get a sneak peek into the life of Buddhist monks. Moreover, tourists here can learn more about their culture by going through a vast collection of scriptures, texts and biographies of Buddhist Lamas.

    Rizong Monastery is known among the great seats of learning and there is also a belief that this was the place where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in one of the caves before the monastery was built. 

    Highlights: Also called a 'paradise for meditation’, Rizong Monastery is a serene escape from the usual places in Ladakh if you are in search of peace. 

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit this place if from June to September. 

    Location: Rizong Monastery, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Rizong Monastery is situated at a distance of about 73 kilometers from the Leh town.

  • 38 Hunder

    Hunder
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    Famous as a breathtaking expanse of cold desert near the Nubra Valley, Hunder is a wonderful escape from all the usual places of tourism in Ladakh. After gaining an entry from the Indian army after passing Khardung La, Hunder can be visited to witness the enchanting scenery near the Siachen glacier and the India-Pakistan border. With sand dunes and a rugged landscape, Hunder is a sight to witness if you are looking to soothe your eyes in the best possible way.

    The most prominent activity to enjoy here is the camel safari on bactrian camels which are double humped camels and endemic to Central Asia. Hunder is most famous for giving a glimpse of the interesting culture of Hunder people. Along with the famous safari on double humped camels, Hunder is famous as the festival of Hunder where one can see Cham dance, traditional arts, sports etc.

    Highlights: Hunder is known for attracting tourists during the festival of Hunder that is celebrated with much fervour and gaiety at Diskit Monastery. Visiting Hunder during this time is a great way to appreciate the local culture with Cham dance, traditional arts, sports etc. 

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit this place is from the month of June to August.

    Location: Hunder, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Hunder is located at a distance of 160 kilometers away from Leh.



  • 39 Hanle

    Hanle
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    Take a refreshing retreat by visiting the astounding landscape of Hanle in the Changthang region of Ladakh. The place is known to be among the most serene places in the region and offers some of the most spectacular views of the village from the top.

    The place promises to transport you into some other world of enchantment with its mesmerising landscape. Being close to Line of Actual Control, Hanle can be visited only after obtaining an Inner Line Permit. However, visiting Hanle can be a tough task since it's at a high altitude and one needs to get acclimatized to the climate for enjoying a pleasant vacation.

    Highlights- Hanle boasts of having the Indian Astronomical University operated by Indian Institute of Astrophysics. It is famous as the second highest optical observatory in the world and has an installed telescope of a diameter of 2.01 meters. 

    Best time to visit: The most preferred time to visit Hanle is from May to September.

    Location: Hanle, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: It is situated at a distance of 250 km from Leh.



  • 40 Druk White Lotus School

    Druk White Lotus School
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    One of the most famous schools in Ladakh, Druk White Lotus School was established in 1992. Formed under the patronage of Dalai Lama the 12th Gwalwang Drukpa, this is a small Buddhist school that deserves your attention when you are touring Ladakh. 

    Tourists here can get a glimpse of the Tibetan Buddhist way of life as it is one of the last remaining societies where it is practiced. The school has about 500 children who are getting a modern education with the understanding of Ladakhi culture, language and traditions. The innovative design of this school has been famed for architecture being the recipient of several awards including the 2002 World Architecture Awards for Best Education Building, Best Building in Asia, and joint winner for Best Green Building.

    Highlights: One of the most striking features of Druk White Lotus School is the notable architecture and design of the place. It has been hailed as a brilliant amalgamation of traditional ladakhi architecture and modern design with a focus on sustainable development. 

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit Druk White Lotus School is during the morning when the children assemble for their studies. 

    Location: Druk White Lotus School, Shey, Jammu and Kashmir 

    Distance from Leh: Druk White Lotus School is approximately 15 kilometers away from Leh.



  • 41 Moore Plains

    Lying on the Leh Manali Highway, Moore Plains is an interesting destination which you must see for enjoying the most mesmerising views in Ladakh. It is a stretch of 40 kilometers and renowned for breathtaking natural beauty. Being surrounded by the magnificent charm of mountain ranges, Moore Plains is one place where you can look forward to capturing some amazing selfies.

    The most striking feature of Moore Plains is the road that is surrounded by pristine mountain ranges on both sides and has some beautiful sand and rock formations. Although the area is unfit for habitation and doesn't have any living population, it offers an interesting visit for all adventure seekers. 

     Highlights: With roads of average elevation of about 4800 meters, Moore Plains is a wonderful place for bikers who are riding from Leh to Manali. 

    Best time to visit: The most ideal time to visit Moore Plains is from the month of April to June. 

    Location: Moore Plains, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 

    Distance from Leh: Moore Plains is located at about 120 kilometers from Leh.



  • 42 Chang La Pass

    Chang La Pass
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    Situated at an altitude of 5,360 meters above sea level, Chang La Pass boasts of being the third highest motorable pass in the world. With extreme conditions, Chang La Pass is a place that can be reached after a spell of adventurous driving. The place has been known to test you as it gets difficult to breathe after staying here for 20-25 minutes. 

    Often used to reach Pangong Lake, Chang La Pass is also famous for having the world’s highest station of Defence Research and Development Organisation. With an unparalleled scenic beauty, Chang La Pass is often visited by the tourists for its famous temple where people tie Tibetan flags wishing for a happy journey ahead. 

    Highlights: One of the must visit at Chang La pass is the Chang La Baba temple named after the famous sadhu Changla Baba. Travellers here come to tie the flags before moving forward with their journeys. 

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit this place is in April and May as it remains open for tourists only in that duration. 

    Location: Chang La, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: It is located at a distance of approximately 75 kilometers away from Leh.

  • 43 Tanglang La Pass

    Tanglang La Pass
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    Situated on the Manali Leh highway, Tanglang La Pass is one of the most serene places to visit among Ladakh tourist places. With an altitude of 1700 ft, the place is surrounded by gorgeous mountains and brings out the picturesque beauty of Ladakh in the most amazing way with scenic ways all around

     It is a great visit for adventure seekers who want to witness the breathtaking beauty of Ladakh at such a height with a number of sharp curves and rough terrains. There is also a temple and a stone marker that gives the information regarding the altitude for the travellers at Tangland La Pass. 

    Highlights: Tanglang La Pass is renowned to be the second highest pass in Leh Ladakh at a height of 17000 ft. The place is famous for offering the most spectacular views of the landscape with the Zanskar range in the backdrop to take your breath away. 

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit this pace is during the summer.

    Location: Tangang La, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Tangang La is at a distance of 106 kilometers from Leh.  

  • 44 Gata Loops

    One of the most enticing tourist attractions for tourists travelling on the Manali Leh Highway, Gata Loops is a series of twenty-one hairpin bends leading to the third highest pass called Nakeela. The place is known for its steep roads and is a must visit for adrenaline seekers.

    With its scintillating location and the magnificent scenery, Gata Loops is a wonderful retreat to test your spirits. With many enthralling sights and a number of myths associated with it, Gata Loops is an exciting visit if you want to overwhelm by some awe-striking views of snow covered peaks and the lovely landscape. 

    Highlights: One of the popular myths that are associated with Gata Loops is that there is a presence of a ghost on the road that disturbs the travellers on the road if they don’t pay tribute to it. So whenever people pass through this route, they shower their offerings in the form of mineral water and cigarettes to the ghost who is supposed to dwell in a small hut. 

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit Gata Loops is during the summer months. 

    Location: Gata Loops, Leh-Manali Highway, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Gata Loops is at a distance of 226 Kilometers from Leh.



  • 45 Turtuk

    Turtuk
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    Often referred to as the 'village divided by a border’, Turtuk is one of the tourist attractions in Ladakh that boasts of an interesting history. It is the last major settlement before the Line of Control and was under the administration of Pakistan before the 1971 war. 

    Beyond the Turtuk village, one can see the Gilgit Baltistan region controlled by Pakistan. The serene place was opened for tourism quite recently in the year 2010 and promises a wonderful visit for all the adventure seekers. The village has a picturesque setting and cut off from the outer world to the extent that it is the perfect getaway to seek solace in solitude. 

    Highlights: For those who seek a respite from crowds can seek seclusion at places like Turtuk. Encompassed by the glory of Karakoram mountains, Turtuk offers an exhilarating trek opportunity from nearby villages. Often cited for its untouched beauty, Turtuk is famous for its deserts and rocky roads. 

    Best time to visit: The most ideal time to visit Turtuk is during the summer months from April to September.

    Location: Turtuk, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Distance from Leh: Turtuk is at a distance of about 200 kilometers from Leh.



  • 46 Hot Spring in Chumathang

    Hot Spring in Chumathang
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    If you are visiting Tso Moriri, Chumathang is a small town where you should definitely have a stopover for a calming and serene experience. Mostly famous for its hot springs, this place has just 127 households and offers a good spot to take a relief from altitude sickness after coming from Tso Moriri.

    Lying on the banks of the Indus river, Chumathang is a quiet and peaceful place to relax your thoughts and enjoy the simple Ladakhi lifestyle. The place also boasts of a few dhabas and restaurants offering you delicious lunch when you are in for a vacation in Ladakh. 

     Highlights: When visiting here, one should check out the Hot Spring Resort that is located just 2 km to the east of the hot springs. 

    Best time to visit: The months from April to June offer the best time for visiting Chumathang. 

    Location: Chumathang Village, Jammu and Kashmir, India 

    Distance from Leh: Chumathang is located at a distance of 138 kilometers from Leh 

  • 47 Riasi Fort

    Located above the Leh Palace, Riasi Fort is a must visit for history lovers in Ladakh. Although the place is in ruins, it has been famous as a notable tourist attraction. Owned and named after, General Zorawar Singh, Riasi Fort presents an interesting historical narrative for the travellers. 

    Two of the striking places within the fort is an old mosque and temple dedicated to Hindu goddesses Kali and Durga. Moreover, Riasi Fort boasts of an interesting collection of royal treasures, coins, and stamps. Famous for a breathtaking view of the surroundings, Riasi Fort is a great visit if you wish to have a soul- losing escape from the cities and indulge in your favorite activities like sightseeing and photography. 

     Highlights: Riasi Fort is hailed as a paradise for photography lovers who are in search of unique places to take their photography gear. Encompassed by barren hills and a panoramic landscape, Riasi Fort is a must visit if you want to add some nice shots to your album on Ladakh vacation. 

    Best time to visit: Riazi Fort is wonderful for visiting any time of the year. 

    Location: Riasi Fort, Rheasi District, Jammu and Kashmir, India 

    Distance from Leh: It is located at a distance of 690 kilometers from Leh.



  • 48 Sangam Point

    Sangam Point
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    Boasting of an immaculate landscape that is nature's handiwork, Sangam Point is one of the most gorgeous places you will come across when you are in Ladakh. It is famous for being the point of confluence of Zanskar river and Indus. The merging of the muddy waters of Zanskar with the azure waters of Indus is an enchanting sight for all the travellers.

    The best view of the confluence can be witnessed from NH 1 and one can also reach down to the river from here if they want to have a closer sneak peek. Seeing the two contrasting rivers meet at the Sangam Point is an interesting sight. Some of the activities which you can enjoy here are boating which is quite memorable as you ride through the glistening waters. 

    Highlights: Sangam Point is best known to offer an enthralling landscape as one can see the confluence of two rivers. The place is hailed to be one of the must visits for all the nature lovers when they are on a vacation in Ladakh. 

    Best time to visit: The months from April to September are the best to visit Sangam Point. 

    Location: Sangam Point is located at National Highway 1 on the way to Srinagar. 

    Distance from Leh: Sangam Point is at a distance of 4 kilometers from Leh.