Best Places to Visit in Ladakh

There are a few places which give you the feeling of being extraordinary, Ladakh is one of them. Its valleys, lakes, meadows, cold desert, high altitude passes, indeed, its entire landscape, makes it among the best places to visit in India. Part of that landscape are the beautiful monasteries, monuments, quaint villages & markets of Leh, all of which make it one of the best places for tourist holidays.

About Top Travel Destinations in Ladakh

Leh, the capital city of the Union Territory of Ladakh, offers you with a wide range of sightseeing options. There are several monasteries, with the famous ones being Hemis, Alchi, Spituk & Matho. Other must see places are Shanti Stupa, Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Pattar Sahib, War Museum & the Leh market, which is a great place for shopping in Ladakh.

Kargil, famously known as the gateway to Ladakh, is home to ancient monasteries like Mulbekh, Rangdum & Sani. A top sightseeing attraction in Kargil is the Kargil War Memorial, which commemorates the Kargil War which occurred between India & Pakistan in 1999. Other must visit tourist places are the ancient Hunderman village & Nun Kun Massif.

  • Leh
  • Nubra Valley
  • Zanskar
  • Kargil
  • Drass
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Hemis Monastery

Considered to be the richest monastery in Ladakh, it hosts the annual Hemis Festival

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Stok Palace Leh

A 200 years old mud palace turned into a heritage hotel, it’s great for enjoying a stay during your stay in Ladakh

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Shanti Stupa Leh

Part of the Peace Pagoda, it was built by a Japanese Buddhist & offers lovely views.

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Alchi Monastery

Alchi Monastery is believed to be the oldest and most famous monastery in Ladakh.

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Spituk Monastery

The monastery is home to 100 monks & contains a giant statue of Kali.

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Matho Monastery

Located on the banks of River Indus, Matho Monastery is famous for hosting the Oracle Matho Nagrang festival.

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General Zorawar Fort

Pahalgam in Kashmir is the starting point of the annual pilgrimage to the cave of Amarnath.

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Thiksey Monastery

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Shey Monastery

The land which has undoubtedly its own way of life; the land that showcases the scintillating part of natural beauty, majestic culture

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Stakna Monastery

The land which has undoubtedly its own way of life; the land that showcases the scintillating part of natural beauty, majestic culture

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Jama Masjid Leh

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Diskit Monastery

It is the largest and oldest monastery in Nubra Valley & hosts the Dosmoche Festival.

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Samstanling Monastery

It is the second largest monastery is Nubra Valley & was founded almost 150 years back.

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Turtuk

It is the last outpost of India & is famous for its tribal tourism & variety of fruits like apricot.

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Yarab Tso Lake

A small and picturesque lake located near Panamik Village; it was also visited by the Dalai Lama.

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Khardung La Pass

At 17,582 feet, it is the second highest motorable pass in the world.

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Maitreya Buddha

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Hunder Sand Dunes

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Panamikh

A city to get a unique houseboat and shikara ride experience on Dal and Nigeen Lake.

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Phuktal Monastery

The gompa is built in the natural caves of the mountain, and can only be reached on foot.

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Sani Gompa

It is the only monastery of Drukpa Kargyu order and the oldest religious site in Ladakh.

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Zongkhul

This gompa belongs to the Drugpa school of Buddhism & contains the footprint of monk Naropa.

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Stongdey Monastery

It is the second largest monastic institution in Zanskar dating back to the 11th century.

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Bardan Gompa

Situated beside the Lungnak River, it is the first monastery of the Drukpa-Kagyu order.

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Karsha Gompa

The largest monastery in Zanskar, it is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava & consists of ancient rock carvings.

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Nimu

A city to get a unique houseboat and shikara ride experience on Dal and Nigeen Lake.

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Drang Drung Glacier

Gulmarg in Kashmir is a winter wonderland, making it the best skiing destination in India.

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Zangla

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Panikhar

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Suru Valley

A valley famous for its picturesque views, orchids, photography and the quaint villages.

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Mulbekh Monastery

Mulbekh Monastery was built around 800 years back & stands on a crag at 11,495 feet.

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Kargil War Memorial

It is dedicated to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the 1999 Kargil War.

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Rangdum Monastery

It stands at 13,225 feet and boasts an incredible collection of Tibetan & other artefacts.

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Lang Tso & Stat Tso Lakes

A lake of breathtaking beauty which offers panoramic views & is surrounded by mountains.

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Tiger Hill

Subject of a battle in the 1999 Kargil War, it is one of the highest peaks in the Drass Kargil region.

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Stagsboo

It is located just a little ahead of Drass & contains stone carvings of Maitreya & Avalokiteshvara.

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Ningoor Masjid

It is a wonderful architectural masterpiece which has survived the harsh climate of the region for years.

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Drass War Memorial

Gulmarg in Kashmir is a winter wonderland, making it the best skiing destination in India.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are some of the famous monasteries to visit in Ladakh?

Some of the famous monasteries to visit in Ladakh are Hemis, Spituk & Alchi in Leh, Mulbekh & Randum in Kargil & Diskit & Samstanling in Nubra Valley.

Q. What are the best places to visit in summer in Ladakh?

Some of the famous tourist places which you can visit in Ladakh during summer are Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri Lake, Magnetic Hill, Nubra Valley, Zanskar Valley and Kargil.

Q. What are the best winter destinations in Ladakh?

Kargil, Nubra Valley, Leh, Drass and Zanskar are some of the best places which you can visit during the winters in Ladakh. However, visiting these places depends on the road conditions.

Q. Which lakes are a must visit in Ladakh?

Some of the lakes which are a must visit during your trip to Ladakh are Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Tso Kar and Suraj Tal.

Q. Which places can one visit during a honeymoon in Ladakh?

Some of the places which you should visit during a honeymoon in Ladakh are Pangong Lake, Leh and Nubra Valley.

Q. What are some of the famous high altitude passes in Ladakh?

Some of the famous high altitude passes in Ladakh are Khardung La, Chang La, Baralacha La, Zoji La, Taglang La, Pensi La and Fotu La.

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