Ladakh is an arid, barren and cold desert,
situated high in the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges. Yet
it's a place which manages to enchant poets, artists and
explorers with its beauty and unspoiled splendors, and
entices them to brave the harsh and unforgiving
conditions to reach this roof of the world. So much so,
Ladakh today has become a goal of sort for every
adventure tourist; who would like nothing more than to
visit The Land of the Lamas and get swept away by the
sheer vastness of this wonderful and magical place.
Tourist attractions in Ladakh
This beautiful water reservoir is about 134 Km long and 60% of the lake falls under China. At an altitude of 14,270 ft. the clear blue water of the lake reflects the towering mountains all around. The scenic beauty with the tranquil and serene environment appears to be so unreal to the tourist. Drinking in the fascinating landscape one simply loses all sense of time and space..
Royal Leh Palace
Built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century the Royal Palace of Leh is a nine-storey high structure which offers a grand panoramic view of the town of Leh, Stok Kangri and the Indus river. It has a museum which displays rare collections of ceremonial crowns, dresses, jewelleries, ornaments etc.
Magnetic hill or gravity hill as it is sometimes called is a curious natural phenomenon. The hill falls on the National Highway from Leh to Kargil to Baltik. The hill can pull any vehicle up its steep slope with the ignition of the vehicle off. A Gurudwara near the hill is also an added attraction here.
Situated at a height of 15,000 ft. Tso Moriri Lake is a fresh water lake unlike the Pangong lake which has saline water. The journey from Leh to Tso Moriri is magnificent offering a sudden change in the landscape from rough and rugged to lush green full of vegetation. There is also a hot spring on the trail to Tso Moriri. Guest houses are available near the lake
Zanskar valley is one of the most isolated places
to visit in Ladakh where about 14,000 people
comprising of mainly Buddhists live. The valley is
sandwiched between the Great Himalayan ranges and
the Zanskar mountain ranges. The Zansker river which
has lent its name to the valley flows through the
valley. Zanskar valley surrounded by lofty mountains
and deep gorges is closed for about eight months in
a year due to heavy snowfall in the region.
The Nubra valley, also called the Valley of Flowers, is about 150 Kms. away from Leh, the capital town of Ladakh. The journey takes us through the Khardung La pass which is the highest motorable road in the world. There are some guest houses and small hotels at Diskit which is the main village of Nubra.
The Shanti Stupa constructed by a Japanese is
very near to the town of Leh and is set on a steep
hill top. Being at a height of about 4267 metres the
place affords a magnificent panoramic view of Leh
and the snow-clad mountains. The sunrise and sunset
are worth-seeing from this Stupa. There is also a
Buddhist temple with the Shanti Stupa, the Dalai
Lama had inaugurated this temple in 1991.
Kargil was once a busy town as it was within the
trade route to and from China, Afghanistan, India,
Turkey. It is the second biggest town of Ladakh and
lies in the west of Leh facing the Gilgit-Baltistan
region of Pakistan. The town became popular after a
war was fought over the region between India and
Pakistan. However, the town has remained largely
peaceful till then and is home to a number of scenic
At a height of 18,380 ft. Khardung La pass is the highest motorable road in the world. The pass lies on the trail from Leh to Nubra valley. In summer the weather conditions can change suddenly while in winter the pass receives heavy snowfall with temperature going below -400 C. The pass is about 40 Kms from Leh.
Ladakh is predominantly inhabited by people of Tibetan descent, leading to a very rich Buddhist culture. There so many beautiful monasteries that dot this high altitude desert that you cannot but visit them to be awed by their architecture and history. These monasteries in Ladakh are truly a living heritage of the Buddha and definitely warrant a visit.
Stok Gompa and Palace.
Shey Gompa and Palace.