Places to visit in Leh Ladakh in December for Your Winter Expedition

Ankita | Updated on May 16, 2022

Are you looking for the best place where you can have a memorable winter vacation? There are numerous places to explore in Ladakh. But it would be best if you keep in mind that all locations in Ladakh are meant to be visited in December. So here we will suggest to you the best places to visit in Leh Ladakh in December. Leh Ladakh is a must-visit place where you will fall in love with these places. 

So, this winter, accept the beautiful Himalayan peaks’ invitation to see all of these unique Ladakh attractions. If you want to see Ladakh’s fairyland, then you must check out some of the places to visit in Leh Ladakh that you should visit.

Some of the fantastic places to visit in Leh Ladakh in Dec 2022:

Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake

During winter, if you are looking for the top places to visit in Ladakh is Pangong Lake. You must add this place to your Ladakh tour packages. This place is beautiful, it has water which iced entirely, and you can enjoy playing cricket here. While playing, you feel like you are in a Ladakh dreamland. The average temperature is around – 30 degrees, so you have to bring thick woolen clothes. Whenever you are packing your luggage, don’t forget to pack your jackets.

  • USP: One of the unique things about this lake is that its color changes the whole year from light blue to green changes to grey and Tourists know it as Ladakh Lake, the location of the Bollywood film “3 Idiots.
  • How to reach: Pangong Lake can be reached after a 5 hours drive from Leh. If you want you can also hire taxis to visit this place from Leh to Pangong Lake. 
  • Best time to visit: October – December. 

Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley

In the winter, this incredible tourist attraction in Ladakh has an incomparable appeal. Ldumra, which translates to “flower valley,” was the ancient name for Nubra Valley. It is known for its breathtaking panoramas, which include rivers passing across steep mountains. In the Leh Ladakh weather in December, the entire land appears to be like a cosmic landscape. It’s a beautiful place, and it is 10000 feet above sea level. When you visit this place, you feel like you are in heaven.

  • USP: Nubra Valley is known for its orchards, stunning panoramas, Bactrian camels, and shrines. This place is renowned as Ladakh’s Orchard and regarded as Ldumra, which means “flower valley.”
  • How to reach: It takes around 4-5 hours to reach Nubra Valley. You can either hire a private or a shared taxi. Another option is to take the daily bus from Leh to reach Nubra Valley. 
  • Best time to visit: October – May.

Hemis Monastery

hemis monastery

The Hemis monastery, one of the largest and most lavishly maintained monastic structures in Ladakh, is among the most beautiful sites to visit in December. It’s both astounding and fascinating all at once. The presence of thousand monks, as well as the regular chanting of hymns, creates an exceptionally pleasant as well as inspiring atmosphere.

  • USP: Hemis Monastery is India’s finest Buddhist temple, known for its massive array of historical relics such as a copper Buddhist figure and gold and silver temples. You can also find sacred Thangkas, paintings, and other treasures here.
  • How to reach: From Leh, it takes only 59 minutes to arrive here quickly without facing any problem. You can visit this place by bus and also jeep.
  • Best time to visit: May to December.

Zanskar Valley

Zanskar Valley

The Zanskar valley is visited because of its river rafting and walking paths, famous for its expansive views and scenery. The snow-capped mountains which surround it in December become even more beautiful. It looks like this place is sandwiched between two small mountain lakes, which makes this place more beautiful.

  • USP: This place is for adventure lovers, things to do in Leh Ladakh at Zanskar Valley are Padum-Darcha Trek, Lugnak Trail Trek, and Zanskar-Sham Valley Trek are some of the treks that you must try before thinking twice.
  • How to reach: To reach Zanskar Valley, it takes around 105 km from Leh. This region became one of the most popular tourist hotspots because of its several types of activities available.
  • Best time to visit: December – February.

Hemis National Park 

The Hemis National Park is India’s biggest national park, and you will find so many rarest and most endangered species here. Throughout the year, the park is awash in enthralling greenery and wildlife is always covered by ice, and the tranquil atmosphere will surely enchant you. During winters, you will also find snow leopards here. So you must plan a Leh Ladakh trip in December. 

  • USP: Hemis National Park is the world’s second-largest protected area. You will find around 16 mammal species and 73 bird species.
  • How to reach: You can come here from Leh to Hemis National Park in 1 hour, and you can easily travel by bus to visit this place. You will get the bus quickly.
  • Best time to visit: October – March.

Magnetic Hill

magnetic hill leh ladakh

Even if your engine turns off, your car will also go at a speed of 20 km per hour on the magnetic hill. There are various hypotheses and beliefs about this unique natural phenomenon, and there are many different variations of them. Regardless of the cause, a trip to Magnetic Hill is a must to visit this place.

  • USP: The Magnetic Hill in Leh is well-known for changing direction. Gravity attracts objects more toward the earth as a natural occurrence; thus, whenever they are released, they will fall downhill.
  • How to reach: You can come here from Leh to Magnetic Hill in 34 minutes, which is 27.3km. There is a yellow board and written on it, The Phenomenon that Defies Gravity.” A white box marked with ‘Park your vehicle Here.’ You can park your vehicle in neutral, and you will notice that your car is moving uphill by itself against gravity.
  • Best time to visit: This road is open throughout the year.

Royal Leh Palace

Royal Leh Palace

The Royal Leh Palace is a testament to Ladakh’s illustrious past. Its nine-story regal building is in shambles. The palace is situated in the center of the Himalayas and offers breathtaking stunning views. The valley is also visible from the top of this immense ancient royal house.

  • USP: You will find here the rich collection of jewelry, dresses, etc., and the old paintings, which are 450 years old with intricate designs.
  • How to reach: It’s only 2.3 km from Leh to Royal Leh Palace. It is so nearby Leh.
  • Best time to visit: September and October.

Hall of Fame

The Indian Army maintains the Hall of Fame. This place is a memorial to those who died in the Indo – Pak conflicts. When you visit here, you’ll see so many images of the Kargil War displayed on the walls and weapons and ammunition used to capture during the conflict.

  • USP: This place is known for the bravery of the Kargil warfighters, which led to the establishment of Ladakh’s Splendid Hall of Fame.
  • How to reach: This place is around 4km from Leh to the Hall of Fame, located on Leh – Kargil road. The Hall of Fame is roughly 2.1 kilometers from the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport.
  • Best time to visit: May – December.

Shanti Stupa


This beautiful place is at the top of the hill. This place is built to spread world peace and to worship 2500 years of Buddhism. As compared to the Ladakhi style, you will get in love with its beautiful architectural style.

  • USP: The Stupa is famous among the tourists because of its religious significance and the peaceful location that offers magnificent views. .
  • How to reach: From Leh to Shanti Stupa, you can get here quickly because it takes only 15 min. At cheaper rates, public transport is available and also it is a comfortable way to travel. Taxis are also available for hire for the same purpose.
  • Best time to visit: July – December.

So pack your woolen clothes and visit these fantastic places in Ladakh. You must visit these places, trust me, and you will love these places because these places are beautiful in their own way. You’ll have the chance to be enthralled by the breathtaking beauty of the location.

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