12 Best Places To Visit Leh Ladakh

A dream destination for many, Ladakh is a wonderful place, which is an amalgam of leisure experiences and adventure opportunities. Located at an altitude of 3542 meters above sea level in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, it boasts of immense scenic beauty. This wonderful place boasts of some amazing allures including palaces, lakes, monasteries and so on.In this blog, we share 12 best places to visit in Leh Ladakh:

12 Top  Places To Visit Leh Ladakh

Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake

Placed at a height of 4350 m on the Indo-China border, Pangong Lake is one of the most popular attractions in Ladakh. Also known as the Hollow Lake or Pangong Tso, this is one of Asia’s largest salt water lakes. It covers an area of approximately 100 km. While two-third of this lake is in Tibet (Chinese territory), one-third of it lies in eastern Ladakh. Just 160 km from Leh city, it has blessed with breathtaking surroundings. During the winter season, the lake turns rock solid and becomes the venue of ice skating festival. Inner Line Permit can be taken from the deputy commissioner of Leh by giving a small fee.

Things to do

  • Be a part of the ice skating festival.
  • Enjoying camping on the banks of the Lake.
  • Capture the stunning sunrise in your cameras.
  • Indulge in Bird watching including seagulls, ducks and cranes.

Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa

Around 5 km from Leh, Shanti Stupa is a white-domed Chorten, located on a hilltop in Chanspa, which was built between 1983 and 1991. Overlooking the Leh town, it is one of the best attractions in Leh. For celebrating the completion of 2500 years of Buddhism and to promote world peace, this stupas was commissioned by Japanese monks. The walls have gilt panels that depict the life of Lord Buddha. Sunrise and sunset are wonderful from here. On the first of this two-storied structure has Buddha statue in a sitting position on a pedestal, turning the Dharmachakra.

Things to do

  • Meditate the Buddha hall.
  • Circumambulate around the stupa.
  • Savor the stunning views of the surroundings, Sunrise and Sunset.
  • Watch the display of varied Buddhist reliefs.

Leh Palace


Leh Palace

Constructed way back in 1553 AD, located on the top of the deserted Tsemo Hill, Leh Palace is the former residence of the erstwhile royal family of Leh. The palace shares a resemblance to Potala Palace of Lhasa. Slightly smaller in size, it is built up of stones, sand, wood, and mud. Also known as Lhachen Palkhar, it is open from 07:00 AM to 04:00 PM (every day). This 9-storied structure now has a museum with royal belongings. The fort is slightly in a ruined condition but the views from the top are stunning. This structure is currently managed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). In the second half of the 19th century, it was attacked by the Dogra forces, and thus abandoned by the royal family who shifted to the Stok Palace. More information on tourism in Leh

Things to do

  • Admire the wonderful views from the top.
  • Marvel at the amazing architecture.
  • Visit the on-site museum with royal belongings Thangkas, jewelry, murals, costumes etc.

Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri Lake

Nestled at an isolated spot in the greater Himalayan ranges, the pristine Tso Moriri Lake is known to be the largest alpine lake in India. Locate at an altitude of over 15000 feet above the sea level in rugged landscape, it looks like the gift of nature. Due to its high altitude and tough journey, it is visited by lesser number of tourists. The shadow of the surroundings can be seen in the azure blue waters of the lake. The topography of snow-clad barren hills with peaceful surroundings look surreal.

Things to do

  • Camping in Korzok, a nearby village
  • Relish wondrous sunrise
  • Click memorable photographs
  • Savor the peace and beautiful scenery

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

Founded way back in 1430, Namgyal Tsemo Monastery is located in the background of the Leh Palace. The monastery enjoys a wonderful setting and thus is one of the most popular places to visit in Leh Ladakh. The views of the plains, surrounding snow-covered peaks of the Zanskar mountain range, and the River Indus are stunning. The star highlight is the 3-storied high solid gold statue of Maitreya Buddha. Other attractions are statues of Avalokitesvara and Manjushri. It also has a vast collection of wonderful frescoes. The walls of the assembly hall are adorned with brilliant paintings.

Things to do

  • Marvel at the 3-stories high Maitreya Buddha golden statue.
  • Take a look at the fine collection of frescoes and old Buddhist manuscripts.
  • Notice the wall paintings at the assembly hall.
  • Treat your eyes to the views of Zanskar ranges, the plains, and the River Indus.

Khardung La Pass

Khardung La Pass

Known as the ‘Gateway to Nubra and Shryok Valleys’, Khardung La is one of the highest motorable roads in the world, at an elevation of 5359 m above the sea level. One of the 12 best places to visit in Leh Ladakh, it is around 40 km from Leh. Also called the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’, it opened for vehicles in 1988. This road is quite popular amid motor biking enthusiasts. Enjoy tea and refreshment at the army canteen as you listen to the fluttering sound of the colorful Tibetan prayer flags. The views are awe-inspiring. There is a souvenir shop here from where you can buy some memorabilia. It is also used by the Indian Army to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier.

Things to do

  • Tea and Refreshments from the Army canteen
  • Shop for memorabilia at the souvenir shop
  • Get awed by the views of the snow-capped peaks

Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley

One of the most popular places to visit in Ladakh, the paradisiacal Nubra valley is a tri-armed valley, which lies 150 km north-eastwards of Leh. Perched an altitude of 3048 m above the sea level, this valley has confluence of Shyok and Siachen Rivers, white sand deserts, double-humped camels, rich lush villages, shining streams, and craggy mountain peaks. The valley has scenic beauty in abundance as it lies peacefully on the slopes of Karakoram mountain range. Hop onto the back of Bactrian camels and explore the valley.

Things to do

  • Admire the nature’s scenery and green surroundings.
  • Capture Mother Nature in your cameras.
  • Hop onto the back of Bactrian camels and explore the valley.
  • Visit the nearby villages and monasteries.
  • Visit the apple and apricot orchards

Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill

Located on the Leh-Kargil-Baltik national highway, around 30 km from Leh, Magnetic Hill is basically a gravity hill, which is renowned for possessing magnetic properties. This magnetism is so strong that it can even pull a neutral car uphill. The powers of this hill can be seen from the fact that the passing aircrafts increase their altitude for escaping the magnetic interference. The hill lies at a height of 14,000 feet above sea level. However, it is said that this is an optical illusion but surely worth experiencing.

Things to do

  • Marvel at the magic of Magnetic Hill.
  • Visit the nearby Gurudwara, maintained by the Indian Army.

Hemis Monastery

Hemis Monastery

Around 40 km south-eastwards of Leh, Hemis Gompa is the largest, the wealthiest and the most popular monastery of Ladakh. It is open from 8 AM – 1 PM and 2 PM – 6 PM. This monastery was constructed under the ruler of Ladakhi King Singge Namgyal in1672 AD. Hemis is the headquarters of Red Hat Drukpa order and all Ladakhi gompas. The young lamas are given training here. This gompa enjoys patronage from the region’s royal family. The monastery has various paintings, gold-plated stupas, and statues of Lord Buddha. Every year, Hemis festival is celebrated here. Its highlight is holy masked dance performance by the local resident Lamas.

Things to do

  • Appreciate the stunning architecture of the Gompa.
  • Be a part of the Hemis Festival celebrations.
  • Have a look at the Buddhist exhibits.

Lamayuru Town

Lamayuru Town

With a dreamy moon-like landscape, the quaint Lamayuru town lies sandwiched between Leh and Kargil. A sight to behold, it has crater type yellowish-orange formation in the brown colored soil. The beauty of this town cannot be described in words. Visit the beautiful Lamayuru Monastery here, which is not only a place of worship but also has thangkas, Buddhist guardian deities, and frescoes on display. This monastery dates back to the 11th century. The peace of the town is broken by the gushing sounds of River Sind. It is 127 km away from Leh.

Things to do

  • Stay in a homestay.
  • Visit the 11th century Lamayuru Monastery.
  • Marvel at the moon-like landscape.
  • Explore the place.

Alchi

Alchi

Alchi is a beautiful tiny hamlet, placed on a low land. It lies on the banks of Indus River, at a distance of around 70 km westwards of Leh. The village is known to have fertile land. Notice the apricot trees on both the sides of the road as you explore the place. The influence of Hinduism, Buddhism as well as Islam can be seen here. Explore this wonderful place and visit its various attractions like Sumtsek Temple, Manjushree Temple, Monk Cells and so on. Do not miss a visit to the very popular Alchi Monastery, one of the most popular monasteries in Ladakh.

Things to do

  • Enjoy the peace and greenery spread all around.
  • Visit the popular attractions of the village.
  • Pay a visit to the very popular Alchi Monastery.

Zanskar Valley

Zanskar Valley

Lying in the remote corner of Ladakh, Zanskar Valley is a pristine hill retreat with wonderful Tibetan-style monasteries, surrounded by snow-covered mountainous peaks. Strong Buddhist culture and picturesque landscape are the two allures. The views of Drang-Drung Glacier is simply mesmerizing from here. The valley also has 2 small placid alpine lakes. Plan a visit to Panikhar Fort, a prime attraction here on the border of the Suru Valley. The valley is also quite popular amid adventure enthusiasts, especially Chadar Trek or Zanskar River Trek, during winters.

Things to do

  • Camping at the Penzella Pass.
  • Visit the Gelugpa monastery at Karsha Village.
  • Admire the mural art at Labrang.
  • River rafting from Serchu to Nyimu via Padam.

Embark on the various trekking routes

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12 thoughts on “12 Best Places To Visit Leh Ladakh”

  1. Really a great post about Leh Ladakh. I was thinking of visiting Leh Ladakh at some time in my life but I would now make it like a priority.

    1. Hey Sapna,

      Thank you for kind words. Leh Ladakh must be visited by all once in their lifetime and i am very glad that you are planning to make it a priority. You can follow our blog for more informative posts on India travel & tourism.

  2. Though Ladakh has been made famous by the odd Bollywood movie every now and then, most of it still remains largely unexplored. travel Ladakh for its gompas and stupas, for walking to the turquoise Indus as it meets the muddy Zanskar and for its lovely silences that just don’t need to be filled. Spend a morning in prayer with monks at Thiksey or go horse riding beside PangongTso and come back with equally memorable photographs. travel Ladakh for the serenity in solitude and the empty endless roads ahead. travel Ladakh for its tranquillity and stay humbled by the sheer size of this vast cold barren desert.
    I visited Ladakh last year and agree with your wonderful post.
    Happy Travelling 🙂

  3. You have missed to mentioned some unique /unpopular but must be visit places of ladakh like turtuk. Very famous place like Thiksey gompa I think you forget to mention. Nothing is unique in Alchi…very popular/unique place like Da-Hanu, inhabited by the pure Aryan is also not mentioned…so please try to include these places in your blog

    1. Hi Ibrahim,
      Thank you for reading the article and giving your valuable suggestions. While the places you mention must have something special about them, Alchi is most famous for its monastery. However, we will keep your suggestions in mind when writing about articles related to Ladakh in the future. Keep reading and providing such valuable suggestions in the future too.

  4. Thanks for sharing your amazing trip to Ladakh….it’s very heartfelt when we see garbage and water bottles littering on such beautiful places in our home planet so it’s our responsibility to preserve our ecosystem otherwise its no so far to see the catastrophic effect

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