Here are the top 57 tourist attractions to see in Leh Ladakh:

1. Pangong Lake

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114 km
from city center
1 out of 57
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.

2. Magnetic Hill

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63 km
from city center
2 out of 57
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.

3. Leh Palace

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42 km
from city center
3 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

4. Chadar Trek

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74 km
from city center
4 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

The Chadar Trek or The Frozen River Expedition is one of the most unique and challenging treks in India. The 6-day chadar trek across the frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh takes place during the latter part of January till the end of February or sometimes even in the first week of March, depending on the weather.

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5. Tso Moriri

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125 km
from city center
5 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

6. Zanskar Valley

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119 km
from city center
6 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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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7. Phugtal Monastery

4.2 /5

111 km
from city center
7 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

8. Shanti Stupa Ladakh

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44 km
from city center
8 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Shanti Stupa in Leh is one of the magnificent Tibetan structures that has ever been built. The architecture and the beauty of this place are unexplainable. Shanti Stupa is a white-dome structure dedicated to Buddhism. This brilliant edifice stands atop a steep hilltop at a dizzying height of 11,841 feet above sea level. This dominating altitude of the Stupa allows it to offer picturesque views of its beautiful surroundings and hence, draws the attention of thousands of tourists every year. Facing towards the Leh Palace, the stupa overlooks the entire vibrant and colourful city of Leh and offers panoramic views of the Changspa village too. The beauty of Shanti Stupa takes a level up at night, especially during the full moon night when it is naturally illuminated by the moonlight.

9. Khardung La

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49 km
from city center
9 out of 57
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.

10. Rafting in Ladakh

Must visit 4.2 /5

11,944 km
from city center
10 out of 57
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.

11. Shopping in Ladakh

Must visit 3.6 /5

2,020 km
from city center
11 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

12. Nubra Valley

Must visit 3.6 /5

97 km
from city center
12 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

13. Namgyal Tsemo Monastery

3.5 /5

42 km
from city center
13 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

14. Spituk Monastery

4.2 /5

46 km
from city center
14 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

15. Stok Palace

3.6 /5

42 km
from city center
15 out of 57
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.

16. Chemrey Monastery

3.2 /5

20 km
from city center
16 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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

17. Tso Kar

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77 km
from city center
17 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

18. Likir Monastery

3.6 /5

79 km
from city center
18 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

19. Trekking in Ladakh

3.6 /5

609 km
from city center
19 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

20. Hemis Monastery

Must visit 3.5 /5

28 km
from city center
20 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

21. Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary, Hemis

3.3 /5

35 km
from city center
21 out of 57
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.

22. Mountain Biking in Ladakh

3.3 /5

19 km
from city center
22 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

23. Lamayuru Town

Must visit 3.5 /5

117 km
from city center
23 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

24. Diskit monastery, Lachung temple and Hundur monastery.

3.2 /5

74 km
from city center
24 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

25. Sankar Gompa

3.2 /5

43 km
from city center
25 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

26. Dha Hanu

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144 km
from city center
26 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

27. Sindhu Darshan Festival

27 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Celebrated along the banks of the river Sindhu in Leh Ladakh region, every year on the full moon day, the Sindhu Darshan Festival symbolises communal harmony and unity in diversity in India. Celebrated over three days, this is a celebration of River Sindhu, the former Indus Valley Civilisation, with the motive of endorsing the river as an icon of communal harmony in India. Initially, a festival to celebrate the water body that birthed life to the Indus Valley civilisation, it has morphed into more than just the celebration of the Indus river and embraces the entirety of Indian diversity and heritage. The Bollywood movie "Dil Se" was shot at the first Sindhu Darshan Festival.

28. Nyoma

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107 km
from city center
28 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

29. Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

3.5 /5

76 km
from city center
29 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

30. Alchi Monastery

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80 km
from city center
30 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

31. Hall of Fame Ladakh

3.3 /5

45 km
from city center
31 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

32. Kargil

3.3 /5

182 km
from city center
32 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

33. Gol Market

3.3 /5

2,020 km
from city center
33 out of 57
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 .

34. Bactarian camel safari, Nubra Valley

3.3 /5

97 km
from city center
34 out of 57
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.

35. Panamik village, Nubra Valley

3.2 /5

98 km
from city center
35 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

36. Yarab Tso

3.2 /5

43 km
from city center
36 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

37. MoonLand, Lamayuru

3.2 /5

118 km
from city center
37 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

38. Darcha Padum Trek

3.5 /5

120 km
from city center
38 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

An amazing experience that all the trekkers yearn for, Darcha Padum Trek is one of the popular treks which lead to the Zanskar Valley. Situated in Himachal Pradesh, the trail continues to lead through Zanskar and several monasteries there. In fact, the trek from Darcha to Padum has magnificent views of scenic beauty from Manali to Leh. The beauty of the pastoral mountains as you head towards Leh is unparalleled and glorifying. The ancient villages and inhabitants of the villages have a rustic feel to them displaying their beautiful culture and traditions.

39. Maitreya Buddha, Nubra Valley

3.3 /5

72 km
from city center
39 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

40. Handicrafts Industrial Cooperative Shop

3.2 /5

2,020 km
from city center
40 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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 .

41. Samstanling Monastery, Nubra Valley

3.2 /5

87 km
from city center
41 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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.

42. Wamda Wood Carving

3.3 /5

609 km
from city center
42 out of 57
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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

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