Ladakh, ‘the Land of High Passes,’ is one of the most spectacular regions to travel in India. Covered with snow-capped mountains and crystal clear lakes with beautiful blue skies, Ladakh is undoubtedly a photographers paradise. It is a very popular place for bikers and mountain lovers not only for its scenic beauty but also for some of the most adventurous journeys. Nature lovers want to go there again and again. Here, we give you 10 amazing pictures of Ladakh which encapsulate the lovely places that you can visit there, and make memories that will last for a lifetime
Pangong in Tibetan means ‘high grassland lake,’ which pretty much describes the place. The lake is famous for the changing colour of the water at different times throughout the year. Pangong Tso has featured in many Bollywood movies for its scenic beauty.
Situated at 4350 meters (14,270 ft.) above sea level, Pangong Tso is a saltwater lake shared by India and China. Since it is on the Sino-Indian Actual Line of Control, travelling to the lake requires a permit. It is approximately 250 kilometres from Leh and takes approximately 5-hours by road to get there via the Chang La pass (the 3rd highest motorable road in the world).
Nubra Valley one of the sub-districts of Leh is much known for Khardung La Pass – the highest motorable road. (Some of the Bollywood movies have been shot on this pass)! Enjoy being here as the beauty of this land is something which more than words can say! You can also see some of the local buses passing by and the brave drivers driving them, especially during snowfall! Nubra valley is also known as the Valley of Flowers.
Some of the rarest flowers can be found here. Click them, take a picture of them with absolute blue sky in the background and have fun! In the later afternoon, you can go to the Nubra Camp. We will also visit Samstanling and Panamic Hot Springs with medicinal properties. Night stay will be in Nubra Valley Camp.
The Shanti Stupa Leh is a symbol of peace and prosperity connecting the people between Japan and Ladakh. Also known as the face of Ladakh tourism, this white-coloured dome-shaped structure is built in Chandspa opposite the Leh Palace dominates the entire Leh region from a height of 4267 meters. The Stupa offers beautiful panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding mountainous landscapes. The white-domed structure gives a magnificent view during the golden hours and also during the night hours as the entire dome is illuminated with white light.
The entire valley of Leh consists of beautiful monasteries which form a major tourist attraction. One of the splendid places to visit while in Ladakh is the Hemis Monastery. Built at a height of 12,000 feet, this monastery is the largest and one of the most visited monasteries by tourists that plan their visit to Leh and Ladakh. Sitting on a mountain on the west bank of the beautiful Indus river, located 45Kms from the southeast of Leh on the Leh-Manali Highway, this is the most favourite and popular monastery in Ladakh.
Enriched with great history, the Hemis Monastery was founded in 1630 by the first incarnation Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso upon being invited by the then King of Ladakh and later it was named Changchub Samling which resulted in the formation of a small Buddhist community. This majestic Monastery comprises an amazing collection of sacred things, age-old relics, gold and silver stupas and the idol of Lord Buddha made of copper gilt. The walls of the monastery adorn beautiful statues and mural paintings along with other artefacts which are found in this 900-year-old museum. This place attracts the most visitors during the annual festival known as Hemis Festival which marks the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava witnessed on the 9th and 10th day of the 5th month of the Tibetan calendar.
Tso Moriri Lake is known to be a freshwater twin to Pangong Tso Lake. Located at a higher altitude comparatively, Tso Moriri has crystal clear waters and reflects deep blue colour. The mountain stream and snow melting from surrounding mountains converge into this lake. It is the largest high altitude lake in India and is officially known as TsoMoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. Lakeside camping is banned to protect the rich fauna and flora in the reserve.
Tso Moriri Lake is located in Chumathang at an altitude of 4,375 meters (15,075 ft.). It is a 6-7 hours drive from Leh to cover a distance of 220 kilometers to get there. A permit is needed to visit the Tso Moriri Lake lake as well.
Accommodation is available in the Korzok village nearby.
Undoubtedly the Thiksey Gompa is one of the most beautiful of all the monasteries in Ladakh. A perfect example to display the architecture of Ladakh, this monastery is located 17 kilometers south of Leh and is considered as a favourite tourist attraction for many. This monastery is also referred to as ‘Mini Potala’ of India as it resembles Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
This monastery houses ten temples in its twelve storey building with the main prayer hall housing a 40-foot statue of Maitreya Buddha seated on a lotus. This statue is so huge that it covers almost
two floors of the monastery. Elevated at a height of around 11800 feet, this monastery is also known as one of the high-altitude Gompas in India. It is home to several stupas, precious and rare statues, swords and paintings etc.
Stok Gompa and Palace is the last palace of the King of Ladakh. This Gompa is the royal residence of Ladakh, founded in the 14th century by Lama Lhawang. The veranda in the entrance has beautiful mural paintings of guardians of the four directions, while the library consists of 108 volumes of Buddha’s teachings. The assembly in the main hall is decorated with banners and thangkas. The walls of the assembly hall are decorated with local sheep’s stuffed heads having images of Vajrapani – the deity with the thunderbolt, Avalokitesvara – the four-armed deity and Sukyamuni – Buddha as a sage.
The King’s Room, Queen’s room, Palace Gompa and the kitchen are open to visitors in the palace. The best of all is the royal Ladakhi kitchen, which shows the tradition of the royal family by displaying cutleries, ceramics, pots, and clay stoves with chimneys. The dining area looks beautiful, with low height tables. The palace houses a museum with a collection of the King’s crown, the Queen’s headgear, royal dresses, old currencies, jewellery, wooden palanquin, and other personal items of the royal family.
Tso Kar lake is a paradise for bird watchers. It is famous for its abundant wildlife. Birds like Brahmini ducks, the bar-headed geese, the great crested grebe, the black-necked cranes and mammals such as kiangs, the snow fox, snow leopard and ibex frequent this lake.
Situated approximately 160 km from Leh, Tso Kar is well known as ‘White Lake’ because of the white salt deposits on its shores. It is the smallest of all the lakes in Ladakh. Note that the Tso Kar lake region experiences harsh, unpredictable weather.
The Zanskar Valley is a beautiful trek area and hotspot for tourists with scenic beauty that includes views of most parts of Ladakh. Zanskar Valley region and the surrounding trek is one of the most unexplored and least visited places in Jammu and Kashmir. Its high and beautiful mountains, landscape, pleasant climate, snow-capped Himalayan Mountains with semi-desert scenic beauty and sparkling rivers make Zanskar a perfect holiday destination for tourists of all age groups and tastes.
The Zanskar valley promises every tourist a lifetime experience and scenery you will never want to come back from. It encapsulates all the colours of Himalayan region ranging from chilly winters to hot summers, from frozen lakes to greenery, from plateau areas to unnerving rocky mountain treks. Visit the place for yourself, and have the best experience of trekking.
The Hall of Fame museum lies on the Leh-Kargil road, it is about 4 kilometres away from Leh city. This museum is built in memory of our brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Indo-Pak war. This museum is one of the must-visit in Ladakh tourist places.
The Hall of Fame museum is divided into various sections, each section has a different story to tell, about the brave soldiers’ belongings, pictures, etc. One section has all the pictures of the Kargil war, another has the apparel and amenities and yet another section displays the pictures of the army posts on the Siachen glacier. There is a section where the history, culture of Ladakh, is displayed. Also, there is a souvenir shop where one can get coffee mugs, t-shirts, etc. You can also get a photoshoot in the Ladakhi attire there.
So, if you haven’t been to Ladakh yet, here are 20 reasons that will convince you to take a trip this year!
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