Ladakh is a dream destination for every traveller. Serene Valleys, high mountain passes, quaint villages, undulated landscape, pristine alpine lakes and snow-clad Himalayan peaks; beauty of this mystical land majorly remains untouched till date. Ladakh with a unique characteristic that is a blend of Indian, Tibetan as well as Buddhism linings make it a place which is worth paying a visit to. The place holds so many surprises together that one can’t help but be awed. Don’t believe our words? Have a look yourself at these places to visit in Ladakh!!
1) Pangong Tso Lake
Situated in the upper reaches of the Himalayan Mountain range, snuggled amidst barren landscape of Ladakh, the serene Pangong Lake is known for its enchanting alpine beauty. Apart from the usual places to visit in Ladakh, a unique feature of the lake is that it does not remain blue throughout the year or even the day, rather it changes colours from azure to light blue to green and grey too. The frozen landscape of the lake during winter months offer perfect ambience for tourists to indulge in some real fun of ice skating. The sublime beauty, crystal waters and gentle hills of Pangong Lake are an exceptional example of the wondrous miracle of nature in this region.
2) Spituk Gompa
Built on the side of a hill, the Spituk Monastery also known as the Spituk Gompa was founded in the 11th century by Od-lde as a monastic community. One of the many majestic places to visit in Ladakh, this monastery is located 8 km along the Indus River Valley from Leh. Spituk has three-chapels namely Stok, Sankar and Saboo and consists of ancient memorials, idols, frescoes, statues and religious scriptures. The monastery also has some great collections of age-old ancient masks, sacred clothing and a spectacular image of Mahakali. Captivating views of the Spituk village and surrounding mountains adds to the charm of this beautiful monastery.
3) Nubra Valley
Offering a stupendous scenery of lush greenery in Ladakh’s desert, the Nubra Valley is formed when the Shyok River meets the Nubra River to form a valley that separates the Ladakh and the Karakoram ranges. Nubra sand dunes lend the valley its intriguing uniqueness where at one end, the valley covers a veil of arid and parched terrain with vast stretches of cold desert. On the other end, it teems with lush barley fields, apple and apricot orchards, colourful Buddhist monasteries and charming villages. Bactrian camel (having two humps) safari is one of the most famous attraction of this place.
4) Magnetic Hill
Magnetic Hill, also called the gravity hill is observed to have extreme magnetic properties which are strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircrafts to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference. Here the vehicles defy the force of gravity and move upwards on the hill, when parked at the marked location. In reality, this is purely an optical effect caused by the specific layout of hills and deceptive fields of reference. Out of all the places to visit in Ladakh, the mystery and curiosity associated with this site, makes for a truly interesting visit.
5) Zanskar Valley
Wrapped in snow capped peaks and huddled amidst two tiny alpine lakes, Zanskar Valley is sandwiched between the Great Himalayas to the South and the Zanskar Ranges to the North making it one of the most remote places of India. The steep terrains covered with snow reflect the heavenly skies. The loud rivers rush through these mountains making for an absolutely beautiful combination of view and sounds. Deep gorges, snow glaciers and a number of small religious spots dot the Zanskar valley. The tributaries of the Zanskar River are famous for seasonal white river rafting.
6) Shanti Stupa
Located on a hill in Chanspa, the Shanti Stupa is a white doomed Chorten representing a symbol of harmony between the people of Japan and Ladakh. The Stupa is built as a two-level structure with a central golden Buddha image placed on a platform depicting the “turning wheel of Dharma”. The stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, and provides a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape which is the best during dawn and dusk. The beauty of Shanti Stupa takes a level up at night, especially during the full moon night when it is naturally illuminated by the moonlight.
7) Khardung La Pass
Gateway to the captivating Nubra Valley in Ladakh, Khardung La standing at an elevation of more than 18000 feet is the highest mountain pass in the Karakoram Range and the road traversing to the pass is the highest motorable road in the world. The pass is also used to carry military supplies to the notoriously famous Siachen glacier and has been a constant challenge destination for adventurers and bikers all around the world. On the fun side, the numerous Tibetan flags that are said to ward off bad spirits and keep you safe set up a beautiful contrast with the white snow.