Ladakh is India’s most important union territory in the Jammu and Kashmir region, as it embraces a versatile and beautiful traveling destination to visit. It is very famous for its landscape of beautiful clear sky covered with uniquely magnificent mountains and mountainous passes, not just that but its cultural diversity is different. Ladakh is also known for its heritage Buddhist Monasteries and Historical temples. People who are adventurous and energetic, find Ladakh a suitable place for them to visit, and no doubt being in Ladakh you may surely enjoy many adventures with nature’s beauty too.
Tourists can visit Tourist Places in Ladakh by Taxi from Manali, and Keylong highway, but the safest way to visit Ladakh is by flight to Leh Airport. If you are planning to travel to Ladakh for the first time, but only for a very few days then you must be confused about what places are best to visit. In this article, we will see some best places that you should visit in Ladakh.
8 Best Tourist Places in Ladakh
1. Kargil War Memorial
It was built by the Indian Army in memory and tribute to the Indian Soldiers who lost their lives in the 1999 Indo-Pak Kargil War. It is also known as Drass War Memorial as it is situated in the mountainous town of Drass, located between the Leh-Srinagar National Highway 1D. If you want to visit here, you can book a taxi from Leh Taxi stand which may cost around 5000-7000₹ however the return journey may cost higher.
2. Diskit Monastery
Diskit monastery is located in the Diskit region of Ladakh. It is a giant 100-foot Lord Buddha statue which is a source of attraction for the tourists, not only that but the Diskit Monastery is one the largest Buddhist Centre situated in Ladakh, It’s also the place where the last scene of ‘3 Idiots’ movie was shot(scene of Amir Khan’s school).
3. Shanti Stupa
Shanti Stupa is a white-domed monument which was built by a Japanese Bhikshu in the year 1991. It is one of the closest places to visit if you’re staying in Leh. It is a very important stupa that holds the Relics of Lord Buddha at its base, enshrined by the Dalai Lama. Tourists in Ladakh visit here very often as it’s also known for its magnificent scenery. You can visit here by Taxi and also by Bike Rental.
4. Thiksey Monastery
19km away from Leh stands the Thiksey Monastery, which is a twelve-floored magnificent Monastery. It’s one of the most beautiful Monasteries as its structure makes it really different. And also at the top you find an amazing view. Tourists can reach here by Taxi and also by rental Motorbikes.
5. Drang-Drung Glacier Point
The Drang-Drung Glacier is a mountain glacier near the Pensi La mountain pass at the Kargil – Zanskar Road in the Kargil district of Ladakh. From this point on the side of the road, you can admire all the magnificence of the Drang Drung glacier. You can reach here by Taxi and Local Government buses from Kargil.
6. Nubra Valley
This Valley is connected to Khardung La and Leh Highway. It’s known for its Riverside beautiful view and cold white sand desert region. It’s a one of the famous Tourist Places in Ladakh as people may enjoy ATV rides and Zipline and also do trekking. Surrounded by the beautiful sight of the Mountains, Nubra Valley is one such attractive place to visit in Ladakh. Tourists can hire a Taxi from Leh Taxi stand which goes to Nubra Valley and also Khardung-La pass top which comes between the highway.
7. Khardung-La Pass
Built 18380-Feet above the ground level, Khardung-La pass is the highest motorable road in the world. Built between Leh and Nubra Valley highway, it’s the only way to visit Nubra Valley. Tourists stop here to take photos and experience the highest motorable road in the world. Bikers all over the world dream to visit this bike road on the world’s one of the most dangerous roads. It is built and organized by B.R.O Border Roads Organization by the Indian Army.
8. Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake
One of the most famous Lakes in the world is this Himalayan Lake. 170km away from Leh Pangong Lake is India’s most attractive tourist place. The uniqueness of the Lake is that it changes its color into different blue shades, from time to time which makes it a very attractive place for people to visit. A tourist visiting Ladakh may never miss visiting this Lake if they have a good amount of time.
So, these were some magnificent and most popular Tourist Places in Ladakh region. However, there are some precautions a person must take. As we know Ladakh is a mountainous region and situated much higher above the ground. The altitude will keep dropping the higher you visit and the atmospheric pressure will keep on decreasing resulting in problems for a person to breathe. Also due to its very cold climate, the weather may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore people with health issues must consult a doctor before visiting here. Hope you loved the article for a basic guide that can help you explore beautiful Ladakh.