The beauty of Ladakh is unmatched. Words cannot describe how gorgeous it is. Ladakh and Leh have a bounty of natural beauty, so visiting these places is a great experience. Leh Ladakh is filled with pristine beauty that is filled with a lot of attractions.
With a distinctive blend of Indian, Tibetan, and Buddhist motifs, Ladakh is an interesting place to visit. Taking a vacation to a land that is as charming as Ladakh is an experience of a lifetime. What would be the point of missing out on it?
The place is a confluence of many popular and awesome things, including mountains, rivers, valleys, lakes, villages, and museums. Check out the following places to visit on your trip to Leh Ladakh to find out what all awaits you.
Pangong Tso Lake
Are you familiar with the breathtakingly beautiful lake where Kareena Kapoor confessed her love in the famous Bollywood movie 3 idiots? Located on the Changtang plateau in eastern Ladakh, Pangong Tso is one of the most popular attractions in Leh Ladakh.
This lake provides an excellent camping site and is a hotspot for all people, making it one of Ladakh’s most popular tourist spots. This place is best visited during off-seasons to avoid crowds! You should travel to Pangong Tso Lake during June to September.
This is the perfect place to inspire some inner thoughts. A Buddhist monument of fantastic tranquility and majesty, the Shanti Stupa is situated on a hill in Chanspa, Leh, which is one of the best places to visit in Ladakh’s extreme north.
As you ascend steep steps, you will reach the stupa that offers views of sunrises and sunsets. The elevation of Shanti Stupa makes it effortless to enjoy the surrounding panoramic views of Ladakh’s landscape. May to September are the best times to visit the Shanti Stupa.
Tso Moriri Lake
This lesser-known lake in the Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary is a twin to the popular Pangong Tso Lake. Thanks to its location, it has a breathtaking natural setting. Bare hills and snow-capped mountains provide an unbeatable backdrop.
Being a lesser known attraction, it is less crowded, so you can be sure that you will have a quiet lake all to yourself. Tso Moriri Lake’s open sky makes it an ideal place for stargazing at night. The Moriri Tso, popularly known as ‘Mountain Lake,’ was given the status of a wetlands reserve.
The area is home to many types of wildlife, including Brahmin ducks, bareheaded geese, brown-headed gulls, and great-crested grebes, along with large numbers of Himalayan Hares. There are so many peaks surrounding this lake that they isolate it from the outside world.
Located on a cliff overlooking Leh, the Royal Leh Palace resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa. The site is a strong symbol of the royal family’s glory that lived here in the old days. Any explorer can’t miss the place!
Adding to the charm of this place is the beautiful sculpture of Buddha at the rear of the palace. This palace is best viewed during the month of August. For Indians, an entry ticket costs INR 20 and for foreigners, it costs INR 100. It opens at 7:00 AM and closes at 4:00 PM daily.
Khardung La Pass
A motorable road of 5,359 meters above sea level, Khardung La is the highest in the world. Visitors are greeted by a sign proclaiming its importance upon arriving. In itself, it is thrilling to realize that one is driving through the highest motorable road in the world.
The Khardung La mountain pass connects the Shyok and Nubra valleys and is at a distance of almost 40 kilometers from Leh. India relies on it to transport supplies to the Siachen Glacier, so it has a great deal of strategic importance. Its maintenance is undertaken by the Border Roads Organisation and all kinds of vehicles, including two-wheelers and heavy trucks, can travel on this road.
Khardung La’s most exciting attraction is its highest motorable road. On the way, you will be greeted with spectacular views of Leh City & the surrounding mountain ranges. Cafes and restaurants nearby serve noodles, momos, coffee and tea. A souvenir shop can also be found here where you can buy anything of your liking.