Top places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Here are the top 46 places to visit in Leh Ladakh

1. Pangong Lake

114 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Leh Ladakh

At an altitude of 4350m and a five hour drive away from Leh, is a lake that leaves all its visitors enchanted, fascinated and in nothing but awe at it's sheer expanse, sparkling color and backdrop.

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2. Shanti Stupa

44 kms
from city center

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3. Tso Moriri Lake

125 kms
from city center

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Between Ladakh and Tibet, lies Moriri Lake, the largest high altitude lakes in India, at an altitude of 4,595m. This stretch of sparkling, crystal clear, alkaline water is accessible only during summer months.

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4. Leh Palace

42 kms
from city center

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Modelled on the basis of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Leh Palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. The palace is nine storeys high, where the upper floors used to accommodate the royal family, while the lower floors held stables and store rooms. The roof provides panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding areas, as the mountain of Stok Kangri in the Zangskar mountain range is visible across the Indus valley to the south, with the Ladakh mountain range rising behind the palace is visible in the north.

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5. Khardung La Pass

49 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Leh Ladakh

One of the highest motorable passes in the world, Kardung la pass is the gateway to Nubra Valley. Kids can make their snowman or even ride a yak. However, due to the low oxygen content, make sure you do not over exert yourselves.

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6. Magnetic Hill

63 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Leh Ladakh

With anti-gravitational effect, this is the only magnetic hill in India. Landmarked by a yellow notice board that spells out instructions and asks you place your car on neutral gear right on the spot marked by white paint, this one will leave you in awe as your car will begin to move uphill on its own, baggage and all.

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7. Nubra Valley

97 kms
from city center

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Nubra valley is a dash of lush greenery in Ladakh's dessert and moonlike landscapes and slopes, being almost 3000m lower than Leh. Snuggled between the Karakoram Range and nourished by two rivers, Nubra is brimming with Sea buckthorns and Alfalfa.

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8. White water rafting

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Places To Visit in Leh Ladakh

Rafting expedition is done on Zanskar River, called the Grand Canyon of India, with high cliff like gorges at certain places. The Zanskar Rafting expedition is one of The best river trips in The world.

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9. Chadar Frozen River Trek

74 kms
from city center

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10. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

42 kms
from city center

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Traveling to the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa makes you encounter the steep mountains and submerges you in its serene and spiritual folds. The monastery has long lured travelers seeking Buddhist experience but surprises them with something unexpected- the moon like, quiet and mystic expanse of Ladakh's landscape.

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11. Spituk Monastery

46 kms
from city center

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Spituk Monastery also called as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa. It is a Buddhist monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, northern India. It is located at 8 kilometres from Leh. The monastery contains 100 monks and a giant statue of Kali.

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12. Hall Of Fame Museum

45 kms
from city center

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Located at approximately 4 km from the main city, this glorified museum was built in memory of the brave soldiers who lost their lives fighting for India at the Indo-Pakistan war.

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13. Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary

76 kms
from city center

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At an altitude of about 4000 to 9000 feet, Changtang wildlife sanctuary is a world away from the world offering its visitors something extraordinary from the wildlife reserves one usually sees.

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14. Tso Kar lake

77 kms
from city center

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Tso Kar is called the white lake, and unlike its counterparts Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso, Tso Kar is the most peaceful and calm of them all and also the smallest of the three.

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15. Gol Market

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Places To Visit in Leh Ladakh

For more prosaic items of cheap clothing plus bags and limited camping supplies, a good place to look is Gol Market .

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16. City Shopping

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For all those who like to fill their bags with souvenirs and local produce, the market offers beautiful Tibetan jewellery, motifs, decorated carpets and woolen clothes??which are sure to fulfill your shopping appetite.

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17. Stok Palace

42 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Leh Ladakh

Located close to the Indus river, it was built in 1825 AD by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. Well known for its architecture and design, beautiful gardens and amazing views, the palace presents a collection of royal attires, crown and other royal materials.

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18. Zanskar Valley

119 kms
from city center

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Zanskar Valley is known for its wide views and sceneries, cave monasteries and mostly travelled to for its trekking trails and river rafting experiences and the Suru Valley, the two valleys almost always visited together.

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19. Nyoma

107 kms
from city center

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Nyoma is a small town in the district of Leh. It is 148.7km from Leh and 370 km from Shri Nagar, the capital of Kashmir. The most appealing feature of the town is that lies on the banks of the Indus river.

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20. Phuktal Monastery, Zanskar

111 kms
from city center

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Phuktal means "cave" in common language. Phuktal monastery also seems like a honeycomb from a distance. It is an isolated monastery situated in south-east part of Zanskar region in Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir . Trekking lovers would find this monastery as a great getaway full of enchanting sights and sounds.

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21. Chemrey Monastery

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Chemrey monastery, a 400 year old yet unexplored Buddhist monastery, is located approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of Leh, Ladakh, northern India.

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22. Diskit monastery, Lachung temple and Hundur monastery.

74 kms
from city center

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Also known as Deskit/ Diskit Gompa, this is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra valley, belonging to Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

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23. Dah Hanu

144 kms
from city center

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The villages of Dah and Hanu are amongst the only few villages that are home to the Drogpa tribe. These villages are a must visit for those who are interested in cultural diversity. The Drogpa tribes are known for their distinct ornaments and head gears.

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24. Alchi

80 kms
from city center

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A sign hanging over its entrance reading 'The model village of Alchi', Alchi is home to a 900 year old Buddhist monastery and landscapes that won't let you forget for a moment, that you are on a land which stands synonymous to paradise.

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25. Kargil

182 kms
from city center

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Kargil lies near the Line of Control facing Pakistan-administered Kashmir's Baltistan to the west, and Kashmir valley to the south. Zanskar is part of Kargil district along with Suru, Wakha and Dras valleys. Kargil was at the center of a conflict between India and Pakistan in 1999.

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26. Likir Monastery

79 kms
from city center

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On the banks of a sparkling Indus river, near the village of Saspol, on a hillock in the valley of Likir, sits Ladakh's oldest monastery, Monastery Likir or Likir Gompa.

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27. Bactarian camel safari, Nubra Valley

97 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Leh Ladakh

How about getting allured by a camel ride amid marvelous sand dunes?! These camels are not even the usual ones that you must have seen in Rajasthan or in pictures.

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28. Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary, Hemis

35 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Leh Ladakh

At an altitude ranging from 3,300 m to 6,000 m above sea level, this sanctuary is known to be the highest in the world as well as the largest park of South Asia. It is also a habitat to the rare Snow Leopards.

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29. Mountain Biking

19 kms
from city center

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Often termed the paradise of mountain bikers, Leh has thousands of tourists coming in every year to experience the thrill of driving on its steep slopes and adrenaline gushing paths.

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30. Hemis Monastery

28 kms
from city center

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What is almost always an extension to and completes a trip to Ladakh is a day trip to the nearby town of Hemis, landmarked by its monasteries, gompas and an occasional spotting of the rare snow leopard at the highest wildlife sanctuary in the world, in landscapes as extraordinary, wide and humbling as that of Ladakh.

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31. Panamik village, Nubra Valley

98 kms
from city center

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Located at a distance of about 140 Km from Leh, the capital of Ladakh and at the height of 3183 meters above sea level is the northern most part where the foreigners are allowed.

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32. Sankar Gompa

43 kms
from city center

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Sankar Gompa is well known for its excellent styles and elements architecture and is an official residence of Kushok Bakul, the head of one of the Buddhists sect, Gelug-pa sect.

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33. Trekking

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Know for its majestic and moon like terrains, Leh is attracted by many natural lovers and adventurous tourist. Some popular trekking routes include Spiti to Ladakh, Markha Valley trekking, Ladakh Zanskar trekking and the Nubra Valley trekking.

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34. Yarab Tso, Sumur

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This holy lake is often referred as "the hidden lake", perhaps because it is isolated and one needs to hike uphill for about fifteen to twenty minutes to reach the lake.

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35. Lamayuru Town

117 kms
from city center

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While in Leh, one can take a day trip to Lamayuru, known for it's Lamayuru Monastery and a stretch of land borrowed from the moon. Visit the monastery to witness the frescos and paintings it houses and the Moonland, for something a bit beyond extraordinary.

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36. Darcha to Padum Trek

120 kms
from city center

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37. MoonLand, Lamayuru

118 kms
from city center

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A peculiar landscape near Lamayuru on Leh-Kargil Road is the MoonLand. It is called so fondly, because the landscapes here are said to be like that of the moon.

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38. Maitreya Buddha, Nubra Valley

72 kms
from city center

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Near the Diskit monastery stands a 32 meter tall statue of Maitreya Buddha facing towards the Shyok river. This statue has been recently built, with 8 Kg gold which was donated by the head of Gompa and was sanctified by H.

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39. Handicrafts Industrial Cooperative Shop

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This place is good to buy souvenirs for friends and family. Wooden choktse tables carved with images of mythical beasts are available from the Handicrafts Industrial Cooperative Shop .

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40. Wamda Wood Carving

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Wooden choktse tables carved with images of mythical beasts are available at the Wamda Wood Carving .

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41. Samstanling Monastery, Nubra Valley

87 kms
from city center

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Samstanling Monastery is in Sumlur village and was founded by Lama Tsultim Nima, 140 years ago. The monastery houses 50 monks and this is the main monastery of the region.

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42. Wanla Gompa, Lamayuru

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Wanla is a sub-monastery of Lamayuru which provides a caretaker monk, responsible for daily rituals and for granting access to the temple. The main image features Avalokitesvara in 11-headed ("Chuchigzhel") form.

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43. Lamayuru Monastery, Lamayuru

117 kms
from city center

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The main attraction of the Lamayuru region, the sprawling Lamayuru Monastery, lies at a distance of about 127 km from Leh. Murals, frescoes and column paintings exemplifying the Kashmiri style of Buddhist iconography are what stand out in this monastery.

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44. Gotsang Gompa, Hemis

30 kms
from city center

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A 45-minute walk away from the world, is a retreat centre above Hemis Gompa is a retreat centre called Gotsang Gompa.

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45. Stakna Gompa, Hemis

29 kms
from city center

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A small shaky bridge over the Indus, leads one to the Stakna Gompa, on the banks of the river and looking out onto perhaps some of the most panoramic and beautiful views of Hemis.

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46. Shang Gompa, Hemis

71 kms
from city center

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In midst the snow peaked mountains and wrinkled terrains of Leh and Ladakh, Shang Gompa is a symbol of composure, tranquility, placidity and spending. The chanting of the monks is almost hypnotizing.

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