Ladakh- The land of high mountain passes is the dream destination of many. Snow-capped mountains, beautiful valleys, adventurous roads, aesthetic culture, warm hospitality makes this place a heavenly abode. So, if you are getting the chance to visit Ladakh do not forget to visit these attractions:
1. Khardung La
Located at 18350 feet, Khardung La top is the highest motorable road in the world. Yes, Highest!. It is just 40 Km from Leh and takes around 1-1.5 hours to reach there. This is also the gateway to Shyok and Nubra Valley. There is also a small shop to eat and buy a souvenir from there.
2. Pangong Tso
If you remember the last scene of the 3 idiots movie, there was a lake nearby isn’t it?. Yes, this was the place where that scene was shot. Pangong Tso is the world’s highest saltwater lake situated at a height of around 14000 feet above sea level. It is a Tibetan word that means “high grassland lake”. We bet after reaching there you won’t feel like coming because of its tranquillity. This lake is also popular for its changing colour of water appearing blue, green or sometimes even red. It is just absolutely magical.
3. Diskit Monastery
This 14th century is the largest and oldest monastery in Nubra Valley. It is also known as the Diskit Gompa. Maiterya Buddha statue at the top is a major attraction. From here, you get a panoramic view of Nubra View as it is situated on the hill above the plains of the Shyok river.
4. Shanti Stupa
It is situated just 5 Km from Leh. Shanti Stupa was built to promote world peace and prosperity and to commemorate the 2500 years of Buddhism. It was built in 1991 on a hilltop in Chanspa in Leh District. It holds the relics of Buddha at its base enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. Along with its religious significance, it also provides stunning views of the surrounding landscape and if you are a sunrise or sunset lover, this place is for you. You are gonna get astounding views.
5. Leh Palace
Constructed in the 17th century, this was the former palace of the royal family of Leh. It was built by King Sengge Namgyal and a great example of Tibetan architecture. The palace entrance is decorated with wooden carved figurines and boasts nine-storey during its heydays. The roof of the palace provides a breathtaking view of the Ladakh region. A victory tower built in the memory of Ladakhi soldiers is present towards the top of the palace. Currently, it is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and preserved as part of Ladakh’s heritage
6. Hemis Monastery
Considered as the wealthiest monastery of Ladakh, Hemis Monastery is a venue of very famous The Hemis Festival. It is of 2 days held every year in June or July to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambha- the founder of Tantric Buddhism. It also has a museum where a valuable copper statue of Buddha, Thangka paintings, Tibetan books and other antique and amazing artefacts are present.
7. Tso Moriri Lake
Present in the Changthang region of Ladakh, this is one of the most stunning and sacred(for Ladakhis) high altitude lake in India. It is 7 Km broad and 19 Km long and is the largest high altitude lake in India. Along with the breathtaking landscape, it is very rich in flora and fauna and attracts a great number of migratory birds, marmots and other wildlife species. It is also the highest Ramsar site in the world and actual known as Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.
8. Hemis National Park
It was established in 1981 and named after Hemis Monastery. Hemis National Park is home to many endangered and exotic flora and fauna species. More than 17 mammals and 70 bird species reside here. Some of the most seen animals are snow leopards, wild sheep, shape, Ibex etc. Birds like Red mantled rosefinch, Himalayan whistling thrush, black-throated thrush etc are also found. In flora, it consists of Alpine vegetation like Anemone, Veronica, Kobersia etc. Along with this, it is the best place for Ladakh urial, Dholes, Tibetan wild ass, Bharal and other endangered species like these. May to October is the best time to visit here.