Why these 17 Unique Places should be on your Leh Ladakh Wishlist  

A unique heavenly place called the land of high passes with a rich culture, the cold desert of Leh Ladakh is a land that has so much to offer. From massive mountains to undulating terrains to beautiful monasteries and winds singing prayers on the flags that line the landscapes all along, Ladakh is sure to fill your wanderlust soul to the brim. 

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We have listed some of the Places to visit in Leh Ladakh for your next trip. 

We offer you the best places to visit in Ladakh and they are in no particular order. When in Ladakh, you have to have your adventure bug on and yes, the camera shouldn’t stop clicking memories you will cherish and treasure for a lifetime. 

Here is the list of the best places:

Pangong Lake

Pangonng Lake, Ladakh

 

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Needless to say, Ladakh is kind of synonymous with the Pangong Tso Lake. It is a land-locked lake that is 12 kilometres long and goes from India to Tibet. More than 60% of the lake falls in the Tibet area. Situated at 13,863 feet, the lake is a spectacle and became famous as it was featured in the movie 3 Idiots. Without a doubt, Pangong is one of the must-visit places to visit in Ladakh. 

This lake has many unique features. It changes colour over the course of the day. It goes from azure to blue to green and even grey. Despite the lake being a saltwater lake, it freezes in the winter. The usual temperature range on the lake is between -5 degrees Celsius to 10 degrees Celsius. Pangong Lake can also be added to the list of Ladakh honeymoon places as it is a romantic setting for sure. Add the Pangong Lake to your Leh Ladakh itinerary 5 days for sure!!

Add Pangong to your Ladakh itinerary for a completely awe-inspiring experience!

Khardungla Pass

Khardungla Pass in Ladakh

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Khardungla Pass acts as the gateway to the Nubra and Shyok Valley. It is touted as the highest motorable pass in the world at 18,380 feet. It is most loved by adventure junkies and bikers who frequent the Ladakh region. It lends the most dramatic views of mountains that can be seen on either side of the pass. It is one of the best places to visit in Leh Ladakh in June. 

 

Nubra Valley

 

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Featured among the top five places to visit in Ladakh, the Nubra valley gives an array of experiences to visitors. From Arabian nights kind of setting owing to its dunes to rare Double Bactrian camel rides to scenic vistas and quaint villages, there are myriad things that you can do here. Nubra valley should surely be on your 7 days Leh Ladakh itinerary. 

The hot sulphur springs of Panamik village are a definite attraction. The best time to visit the Nubra valley is during the autumn season here which is from July to September. 

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Magnetic Hill

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One place most intriguing and awe-inspiring is the Magnetic Hill in Ladakh. Definitely in the list of the places to visit in Leh, this gravity-defying phenomenon is observed when you stop your vehicle at the base of the hill in neutral and it starts to move uphill. It is one of the most amazing places to visit near Leh. 

 

Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa, Leh

Shanti Stupa in all its beauty and glory stands atop a mountain

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One of the most peaceful places to see in Leh is the Shanti Stupa. Perched on a hill in Changspa in Leh, it is a place that has an aura and tranquillity like no other. It is also among the best Leh Ladakh tourist places. The sunset and sunrise views of the Stupa are simply fabulous! The panoramic views of the whole landscape around you are gorgeous, to say the least! The best time to visit the Shanti Stupa is between May to September. 

Perched at a height of 11,841 feet and enveloped by snow-blanketed mountains, the Stupa is just a 15-minute drive from Leh city. 

It was built by the Japanese monks to promote world peace and also to celebrate the 2500 years of Buddhism. Therefore if you wish to experience peace amidst all the noise, among the places to visit in Leh, there’s no one better than Shanti Stupa. It is a combo of serenity, peacefulness and exotic views.

Pray for peace and tranquillity at the Shanti Stupa 

 

 

Tso Moriri

 

Tso Moriri in Ladakh

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Another popular lake and sometimes called the twin of the Pangong Tso Lake is the Tso Moriri Lake. It is located in the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the hidden places to visit in Leh Ladakh as not many people know about it and the path to reach it is a little treacherous and not everyone can make it there. 

The scenery is impeccable with lofty snow-clad barren mountains in the backdrop of this alpine lake. Since it is a lesser-known place, it is a given that you’ll have this place to yourself when you visit it. The lake has also been declared a wetland reserve. 

The lake is cut off from the outer world owing to the high peaks that surround it. Rare fauna species like the brown-headed gull, bar-headed goose, Brahmin duck, great-crested grebe and Himalayan hares are found here in large numbers. 

 

Thiksey monastery

 

Thiksey monastery Ladakh

The Thiksey monastery sitting pretty on a hilltop

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Thiksey monastery is a beautifully architectured Buddhist monastery in Ladakh. It is one of the best places to visit in Leh Ladakh in the month of September. Perched at an altitude of 11,800 feet, the monastery has a 12-storey building complex which is home to more than 500 monks. There is a precious collection of journals, Buddhist books, scripts, Thanks paintings and many other scriptures of Buddhist importance. 

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The morning prayer at the Thiksey monastery commences at 7 am. The experience of the prayers is simply unreal! the synchronised chanting of the Buddhist sutras takes place at the monastery and this is a major attraction here. 

 

Stok Palace

Stok Palace in Ladakh

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Stok Palace Ladakh is situated in the Stok village. It is the summer home of the royal family of Ladakh. It was established in 1820 and is a perfect example of the rich history of the royal family. It s one of the best historical places in Ladakh. 

The Palace also houses the Stok Monastery that is has a vast library and gorgeous gardens in its complex. It is now a heritage hotel where visitors can experience the royalty and have an unforgettable experience. 

 

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery in Nubra valley

The towering statue of Maitreya Buddha at the Diskit Monastery

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Located at an altitude of 10,315 feet, the Diskit monastery is the largest in the Nubra valley. It is situated along the slope of a hill overlooking the snow-topped peaks of the Himalayas. The sight is even more mesmerised with the flood plains of the charismatic Shyok river that flows here. 

This Gompa is known both for its tranquil surroundings and the mythological and historical significance that it holds. The 100 feet high Maitreya Buddha statue has an unmatched charm to it and lends a view to behold the entire vicinity. 

 

Shey Monastery

Chortens outside the Shey monastery

Buddhist chortens outside Shey Palace, Leh

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The Shey monastery is a part of a Palace complex, the Shey Palace. The palace was built in the 17th century and is a major attraction for Buddhist followers all over the world. The monastery itself is of great religious significance to the followers of Buddhism. 

 

The main attraction here is the copper sculpture of Shakyamuni Buddha, the second-largest statue in Ladakh. The monastery and palace are adorned with many other paintings, unique art pieces and stupendous illustrations that give this whole place an artistic feel. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Ladakh in August as you can witness the colourful and enigmatic Shey Doo Lhoo and the Shey Rupla festivals. 

 

Royal Leh Palace

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The Royal Leh Palace, built in the 16th Century is a testimony of the grandeur and beauty of the erstwhile era. The location accentuates its charm. The palace overlooks the town of Leh showcasing the grandeur of the era gone by. The scenic location of the structure adds up to its beauty. The nine-storey palace stands overlooking Leh town. The upper floors were occupied by the royal families and the lower ones were made use of in the form of animal stables and storerooms. 

 

When you reach the top of the palace, you can’t miss getting the panoramic views of the majestic Zanskar valley. While on the top, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the rustic Zanskar valley which looks like a painting contrasting with clear blue skies. It is the best among historical places in Ladakh. The Chinese paintings here are more than 450 years old. 

 

Gurudwara Patthar Sahib

 

Leh, which houses many monasteries is also home to a holy Sikh shrine, the Gurudwara Patthar Sahib. The place dates back to the 15th century and is considered a sacred place in Leh. The legend goes that Guru Nanak Ji rested here while he was on his return trip from Nepal. He also defeated a demon and meditated at this place. 

 

In 1970, a boulder was found in the shape of Guru Nanak at the time of excavation. The gurudwara was built to seek blessings from the almighty at that time. This gurudwara also boasts of being among the highest located shrines of the Sikh faith. The gurudwara is managed by the Indian Army and they also prepare Langar and Prashad for all the visitors. It is one of the best places to visit in Ladakh in November. 

 

Pray to the divine in the holiest surroundings at the Gurudwara Patthar Sahib

 

Sangam Point or Confluence

Sangam viewpoint, Indus and Zanskar Rivers meeting in Ladakh ,India Royalty Free Stock Images

The image shows the confluence of the river Indus and Zanskar

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Looking for the best Leh places to visit? Then this Sangam point or fusion or the confluence is a must-visit for you! The two rivers, Indus and Zanskar combine to flow as one river here. The beauty is that both of them have different colours, the Indus is more of a bluish-green texture whereas the Zanskar is brown. The Indus is brown with mud and silt in the summer and blue in the autumn and winter season. When they both meet and fuse into one, the sight is one to behold! Situated on the NH1, this place lies on the Leh route and is a must-go!

 

Tso Kar Lake

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The image shows the serene saltwater lake the Tso Kar

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One of the most refreshing and also a lesser know place to visit in Ladakh is the Tso Kar Lake. The lake has a rustic feel to it and runs along a 9 km area. It sees visitors coming to admire its bountiful beauty almost all year round. 

Be amazed and dazzled by the views and fall in love with this place which will make you end up wanting more! 

There are many nomads that you may encounter here and they are the best people to tell you more about this area. It is a great idea to engage in fun and interesting conversations with them. 

 

Hemis Monastery

Tibetan Traditional Building Square Hemis Monastery Ladakh

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Unravel the mystical surroundings of the Hemis monastery to add in that unique experience you’ve always wanted. The exceptional artwork and uniqueness of this Gompa are sure to win your heart. Located just about 45 km from Leh, this Himalayan Buddhist monastery situated on the banks of the Indus river is the best to seek peace and tranquillity. There’s something about the air of the gompas of Ladakh, they have an unadulterated charm and pull you towards them. 

 

Ladakh is the ideal destination for every traveller who has been bitten by the wanderlust bug! There are myriad places for the soul-searchers, adventure junkies, couples and bike riders. Ladakh is an ideal destination for honeymooners too with several places that are most suited for couples. Ladakh never disappoints, it is endearing and one of the most scenic and unforgettable places you will ever visit. Ladakh is calling, see you there soon!!!

 

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    A traveller and a dreamer, Apra is an avid reader and has an inherent passion for writing. She likes to travel to new places and appreciates the company of people wherever she is. A happy-go-lucky person, her mantra is to take life as it comes and believes in going with the flow. She enjoys knitting and swimming too! She joined Offbeat Tracks as a Content Writer in May 2022 and has immense love for her job.

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