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.
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.
No tour to Ladakh is ever complete without visiting Drass, the second coldest place in the world & home to sightseeing attractions, which are historical, cultural and religious, like Ningoor Masjid, Bimbhet, Draupadi Kund, Tiger Hill & Goashan, a picnic spot which also serves as a polo ground.
Although Zanskar is a top tourist place to visit in Ladakh because of the Chadar Trek which is done on the frozen Zanskar River, there are plenty of opportunities for sightseeing. You could visit its famous gompas like Bardam, Karsha, Phugtal, Sani & Zongkhul, or explore the lovely landscape dotted with mountains & streams and the panoramic views that greet you everywhere you go.
In Nubra Valley, you come across a lunar landscape, double humped Bactrian camels, villages like Hunder & Turtuk, which seem to have existed since time immemorial, and Panamik Village, famous for its hot water springs. The second highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung La, which connects Leh to Nubra Valley, is a top tourist attraction. Other places to visit in Nubra Valley are Samstanling Monastery, Yarab Tso and Diskit Monastery.
Considered to be the richest monastery in Ladakh, it hosts the annual Hemis Festival
A 200 years old mud palace turned into a heritage hotel, it’s great for enjoying a stay during your stay in Ladakh
Part of the Peace Pagoda, it was built by a Japanese Buddhist & offers lovely views.
Alchi Monastery is believed to be the oldest and most famous monastery in Ladakh.
The monastery is home to 100 monks & contains a giant statue of Kali.
Located on the banks of River Indus, Matho Monastery is famous for hosting the Oracle Matho Nagrang festival.
Pahalgam in Kashmir is the starting point of the annual pilgrimage to the cave of Amarnath.
The land which has undoubtedly its own way of life; the land that showcases the scintillating part of natural beauty, majestic culture
It is the largest and oldest monastery in Nubra Valley & hosts the Dosmoche Festival.
It is the second largest monastery is Nubra Valley & was founded almost 150 years back.
It is the last outpost of India & is famous for its tribal tourism & variety of fruits like apricot.
A small and picturesque lake located near Panamik Village; it was also visited by the Dalai Lama.
At 17,582 feet, it is the second highest motorable pass in the world.
A city to get a unique houseboat and shikara ride experience on Dal and Nigeen Lake.
The gompa is built in the natural caves of the mountain, and can only be reached on foot.
It is the only monastery of Drukpa Kargyu order and the oldest religious site in Ladakh.
This gompa belongs to the Drugpa school of Buddhism & contains the footprint of monk Naropa.
It is the second largest monastic institution in Zanskar dating back to the 11th century.
Situated beside the Lungnak River, it is the first monastery of the Drukpa-Kagyu order.
The largest monastery in Zanskar, it is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava & consists of ancient rock carvings.
Gulmarg in Kashmir is a winter wonderland, making it the best skiing destination in India.
A valley famous for its picturesque views, orchids, photography and the quaint villages.
Mulbekh Monastery was built around 800 years back & stands on a crag at 11,495 feet.
It is dedicated to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the 1999 Kargil War.
It stands at 13,225 feet and boasts an incredible collection of Tibetan & other artefacts.
A lake of breathtaking beauty which offers panoramic views & is surrounded by mountains.
Subject of a battle in the 1999 Kargil War, it is one of the highest peaks in the Drass Kargil region.
It is located just a little ahead of Drass & contains stone carvings of Maitreya & Avalokiteshvara.
It is a wonderful architectural masterpiece which has survived the harsh climate of the region for years.
Some of the famous monasteries to visit in Ladakh are Hemis, Spituk & Alchi in Leh, Mulbekh & Randum in Kargil & Diskit & Samstanling in Nubra Valley.
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.
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.
Some of the lakes which are a must visit during your trip to Ladakh are Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Tso Kar and Suraj Tal.
Some of the places which you should visit during a honeymoon in Ladakh are Pangong Lake, Leh and Nubra Valley.
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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