1. Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake or Pangong Tso is a high altitude lake that is famous for its beautiful blue water which seems to changing its colour three to four times a day since dawn to dusk due to golden mountains and sunrays. The Pangong lake is about 150 KM from Leh and is accessible after a 5-hour drive, traversing the 17,590 ft (5,360 m) high Changla pass (Chang-la). Pangong Lake is at an altitude of about 14,250 ft (4,350 m). The lake is 134 km… Read More

2. Khardungla Pass

Khardungla pass Leh

Khardung La Pass

Khardungla pass or KhardonglaPass is some 38km north of Leh city and is reachable after tricky road having high gradient and many hairpin bends. Khardungla pass is at an altitude of 18,380 ft from mean sea level. Leh-Khardungla pass –Nubra road is known to be amongst a few of the highest roads in the world and the highest road of India. Thousands of tourists visit Khardungla pass for its specialty of being so high and mighty… Read More

 

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3. Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley

Nubra valley is in the north of Leh town and the road to the valley passes through 18,380ft high Khardungla pass (Khardongla), hence known to be one of the highest motorable roads of the world and the highest motorable road in India. Nubra was earlier known as Ladorma, which means “valley of flowers”. Diskit, Hunder and Sumur are the main settlements of Nubra valley. Diskit is about 130km from Leh. Shyok and Nubra (or Siachen)… Read More

4. Diskit Monastery

Diskit monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit (Disket) is the headquarters of Nubra Valley in Leh district of Ladakh, about 120km from Leh. Diskit is located by the bank of Shyok river and is famous for Diskit Monastery, the oldest and largest gompa of Nubra valley. Hunder is just 7km from Diskit. Leh – Khardungla pass – Diskit (Nubra Valley) is known as the highest motorable road of the world, passing through 18,380 ft high Khardung-la. Most of the government offices of Nubra… Read More

 

5. Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa

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6. Leh Palace

Leh Palace

Leh Palace

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7. Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Leh

Hall of Fame

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8. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib Leh

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

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9. Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill Leh

Magnetic Hill

The Magnetic Hill area is located just between Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Sangam, on the Leh-Srinagar national highway, about 27km from Leh. Tourists throng here to check the truth behind the gravitational pull defying theory. Magnetic Hill or Gravity Hill is nothing but an optical illusion as the geography of the area and surrounding slopes create such an illusion that the uphill road looks like a downhill road. Tourists, mostly those coming from plains become prey to this illusion and are surprised to see their vehicles moving upwards on the road if kept in neutral gear. Border Roads Organization (BRO), which takes care… Read More

 

10. Sangam (Confluene of Indus and Zanskar Rivers)

Sangam point Leh

Sangam

Sangam (confluence), located at Nimmu on Leh-Srinagar highway, is the confluence of Indus (Sindhu) and Zanskar rivers. Zanskar river coming from Zanskar valley of Union Territory of Ladakh meets the Indus river at Nimmu and offers a spectacular view to the visitors. Indus is the lifeline of Ladakh which irrigates the dry land of the valley. A large number of tourists visit Sangam point to enjoy the beauty of nature. Also, this is a river rafting point where adventure enthusiasts come to experience thrill of river rafting. The muddy water of a river meets… Read More

 

11. Spituk Monastery and Kali Mata Temple

Spituk Monastery

Spituk Monastery

Spituk Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Western end of Leh in Ladakh on Leh-Kargil-Srinagar highway, about 6 km from the main town. Above the monastery, on the hilltop, is Kali Mata Temple where Goddess Kali is enshrined. The Spituk monastery is close to the Leh airfield and west to Hall of Fame. It offers panoramic view of entire Leh town. One can also see Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Namgyal Tsemo Monastery from here. The site of Spituk was blessed by the Arhat Nyimagung. It was founded by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama… Read More

 

12. Hunder (Sand Dunes in Nubra Valley)

Hunder Ladakh

Hunder

Hunder (or Hundar) is the second largest village in Nubra valley of Leh district in Ladakh, about 127 km from Leh and 7 km from Diskit village. The village is settled by the bank of Shyok river. Hunder has hundreds of old chhortans, ruined buildings and also has a small Hunder Monastery and ruined palace of the King of Nubra. Hunder is well known for its vast sand dunes that are between the village and Diskit. Bactrian camels (double humped camels) are found here and tourists throng sand dunes to experience camel safari. Villagers have reared… Read More

 

13. Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri Lake in Ladakh

Tso Moriri Lake

At an altitude of about 14,835 ft from sea level and 240 km from Leh, Tso Moriri Lake is located in Changthang plateau of Ladakh in India, having a maximum length of 19km and a maximum width of 3km. The lake is very deep with maximum depth at a point up to 350 ft (106m). Tsomoriri lake is said to be the largest of the high altitude lakes in India in the trans-Himalayan biogeographic region. Officially the lake is now known as Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. The bluish crystal clear water of Tsomoriri lake mesmerizes the visitors… Read More

 

14. Alchi Monastery

Alchi monastery

Alchi Monastery

Alchi Monastery is situated in Alchi village near Leh. Alchi is a beautiful village in Leh district of Ladakh, about 65 km from Leh and is situated close to the bank of Indus river in Khalsi tehsil. Alchi village is famous for Alchi monastery (gompa), which is the oldest monastery of the Ladakh. Alchi is known as monastic complex of temples. The village has four separate settlements with monuments which are dated to different periods. Alchi monastery is administered by Likir Monastery… Read More

15. Likir Monastery

Likir Monastery

Likir Monastery

Likir monastery (gompa) is a Buddhist monastery belonging to Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, about 50 km west of Leh town of Ladakh in India. The monastery was established in 1065 by Lama Duwang Chosje under the command of Lhachen Gyalpo, the fifth King of Ladakh. The name Likir means “The Naga – Encircled”, representing the bodies of the two great serpent spirits, the Naga-rajas — Nanda and Taksako. Likir gompa is situated on a hilltop alongside Indus river valley. Likir is an isolated but picturesque place, about 6km extreme right… Read More

 

16. Hemis Monastery

Hemis Monastery Ladakh

Hemis Monastery

Hemis monastery (gompa) is a Buddhist monastery of Drukpa lineage of Buddhism and is located in Hemis village of Ladakh, about 45 km from Leh. The monastery was built before 11th century but it was re-established in 1672 by the king of Ladakh Sengge Namgyal. An annual Hemis Festival, in honour of Padmasambhava, is observed here in the month of June. Naropa, pupil of yogi Tilopa and teacher of translator Marpa is connected with this monastery. A translation was made by A Grunwedel of Naropa’s biography which was found in Hemis… Read More

 

17. Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey monastery Leh

Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery (Or Thikse or Thiksay monastery) is located on a hilltop in Thiksey village and the monastery is affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Thiksey is about 20km east of Leh town of Ladakh on Leh-Manali National Highway. The structure and architecture of Thiksey Gompa resemble with Potala Palace of Lhasa, Tibet. The monastery houses Buddhist art items like thangka paintings, arms like swords, stupas, and statues. The monastery has about 50ft high statue of Maitreya. This gompa has become a major attraction in… Read More

 

18. Basgo Monastery

Basgo Monastery

Basgo Monastery

Basgo Monastery or Bazgo Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Basgo village in Leh district of Ladakh, about 40 km west of Leh town. Basgo is located right to the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar highway before Saspol and Alchi and after Sangam and Nimmoo. Although the monastery was built for the Namgyal rulers in 1680, Basgo itself was embedded in the early days of Ladakh and is frequently mentioned in the Ladakhi Chronicles when it was a political and cultural center. The monastery is situated on top of the hill towering… Read More