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1. Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake
Must visit 4.4 /5

114 km
from city center
1 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Hemis

Pangong Lake is the most popular and visited attraction in Ladakh. The famous Bollywood movie 3 idiots was shot here. An inner line permit is required to visit it.

2. Zanskar Valley

Zanskar Valley
Must visit 4.0 /5

119 km
from city center
2 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Zanskar

Located in the Kargil district to the east of Ladakh (around 105 km) lies the bewitching Zanskar Valley. The semi-desert region is flanked by snow-capped mountains and sparkling clean rivers along with distinct flora and fauna. The easiest way of reaching Zanskar is from Kargil through Suru Valley.

3. Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill
Must visit 4.3 /5

63 km
from city center
3 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Leh

The popular Magnetic Hill of Ladakh is a cyclops hill where vehicles seem to move upwards on the hill instead of rolling downwards. It is located 30km from Leh towards Kargil.

4. Khardung La

Khardung La
Must visit 4.3 /5

49 km
from city center
4 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Leh

Khardung La, also known as Khardzong La, is one of the highest motorable roads in India at an elevation of 5602 metres. It serves as the gateway to Shyok and Nubra Valley. An inner line permit is required to visit. It remains closed from October to May.

5. Leh Palace

Leh Palace
Must visit 4.3 /5

42 km
from city center
5 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Leh

The Leh Palace is a 17th-century former royal palace that is converted into a museum. The highlight is the sweeping view of Leh and the surrounding Zanskar mountain from the rooftop.

6. Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley
Must visit 3.6 /5

97 km
from city center
6 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley lies in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir, at a distance of around 140 Km from Leh. With arid mountains in the backdrop, it is famous for the Bactrian camel rides, orchards and monasteries. Surrounded by snow-dusted Himalayan mountains, it can be reached via Khardung La.

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7. Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery

32 km
from city center
7 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Thiksey Monastery is a Tibetan-style monastery located 20km south of Leh. The main highlight is the Maitreya Temple which houses a 15-metre high Maitreya Buddha statue. It is the largest such statue in Ladakh.

8. Hemis Monastery

Hemis Monastery
Must visit 3.5 /5

28 km
from city center
8 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Hemis

Hemis is a Buddhist monastery ranked as one of the wealthiest monasteries in India. It is most visited during the annual Hemis Festival, held every year in early June. The monastery is well-connected with motorable roads.

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9. Shanti Stupa Ladakh

Shanti Stupa Ladakh
Must visit 4.3 /5

44 km
from city center
9 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Leh

The Shanti Stupa is a white-domed Buddhist monument. It is a religious place for Buddhists as it holds the relics of Buddha, consecrated by the 14th Dalai Lama. It looks exceptionally beautiful during the full moon night.

10. Tso Moriri

Tso Moriri
Must visit 4.3 /5

125 km
from city center
10 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Tso Moriri is the largest high altitude lakes in India, at an altitude of 4,595m. It is a twin to Pangong Lake. It is accessible only during the summer months and an inner line permit is required for visiting.

11. Hemis National Park

Hemis National Park
3.3 /5

35 km
from city center
11 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Hemis

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.

12. Spituk Monastery

Spituk Monastery
Must visit 4.2 /5

46 km
from city center
12 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Leh

Spituk Monastery also called Spituk Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery located about 8 kms from Leh. One of the most dazzling monasteries in India, it houses 100 monks and a giant statue of Kali. It is famous for its collection of Buddhist objects of antique arms, icon, ancient masks and numerous Thangka paintings.

13. Chemrey Monastery

Chemrey Monastery
3.2 /5

20 km
from city center
13 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Hemis

Chemrey Monastery is a 400-year-old yet unexplored Buddhist monastery located approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of Leh in northern India. It is known for housing a staggering statue of Padmasambhava (almost a storey-high)and a collection of ancient scriptures with the text emboldened in gold letters with the titles in silver.

14. Shey Monastery and Palace

Shey Monastery and Palace

35 km
from city center
14 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Shey Monastery or the Shey Palace is an ancient monastery. It once served as the summer capital of Ladakh but is mostly in ruins now. Located on top of a hillock, it offers stunning panoramic views. The highlight of the monastery is 39ft tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue. A special permission needs to be taken to visit the monastery.

15. Taglang La

Taglang La

42 km
from city center
15 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

The Tanglang La is a high mountain road located on the Leh-Manali highway just a few kilometers from Leh. It is at a height of 5,358 metres, is the second-highest mountain pass after Khardung-La Pass, and is also the 12th highest motorable pass. This popular spot in Ladakh is known for being the second highest mountain located in Zanskar range. The pass summit is breathtaking and is adorned by a number of prayer flags.

16. Hall of Fame Ladakh

Hall of Fame Ladakh
3.3 /5

45 km
from city center
16 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Leh

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.

17. Phugtal Monastery

Phugtal Monastery
Must visit 4.2 /5

111 km
from city center
17 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Zanskar

The Phugtal (Phuktal) Monastery is a Buddhist monastery situated in the south-east part of Zanskar region in Ladakh. Situated at the mouth of natural cave on a cliff, it is one of the most isolated monasteries in the region, built around 2500 years ago. The Phugtal Monastery looks like a honeycomb from a distance. It is popular amongst trekking enthusiasts.

18. Likir Monastery

Likir Monastery
Must visit 3.6 /5

79 km
from city center
18 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Leh

The Likir Monastery is the oldest monastery in Ladakh, located around 52 km from Leh in the scenic Likir village. Belonging to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the main attraction here is a 75 feet large seated statue of Maitreya Buddha gilded in gold. There are also various paintings of guardian divinities, murals and thangkas that adorn the walls of assembly halls.

19. Kargil

Kargil
3.3 /5

182 km
from city center
19 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Kargil

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.

20. Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek
Must visit 4.0 /5

74 km
from city center
20 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Zanskar

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.

21. Stok Palace

Stok Palace
Must visit 3.6 /5

42 km
from city center
21 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Leh

Located around 15km from Leh, the Stok Palace is the summer home to the royal family of Ladakh and descendants of King Sengge Namgyal. It was established in 1820 by King Tsepal Namgyal and was opened to the public in 1980 by the Dalai Lama. The Stok Palace has been converted into a heritage hotel and houses the Stok Palace Museum and Temple.

22. Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery
3.2 /5

74 km
from city center
22 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Nubra Valley

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.

23. Alchi Monastery

Alchi Monastery
3.5 /5

80 km
from city center
23 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Lamayuru

Located in the Alchi Village of Ladakh, Alchi Monastery is a complex of Buddist temples of which Alchi Monastery is the oldest and most famous. Cemented on a flat ground unlike other monasteries in Ladakh, the traditional architecture of the monastery is a monastic complex which has 3 separate temples, known as Dukhang, Sumstek and the Temple of Manjushri.

24. Namgyal Tsemo Monastery

Namgyal Tsemo Monastery
Must visit 3.5 /5

42 km
from city center
24 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Leh

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.

25. Tso Kar

Tso Kar
3.5 /5

77 km
from city center
25 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Tso Kar is a fluctuating salt lake located in the Rupshu Plateau of scenic Ladakh Valley. It is popularly known as the White Lake owing to the white salt deposits it leaves on the shores. Tso Kar Lake is the most peaceful and calm of the three high-altitude lakes (Pangong Lake and Tso Moriri) and also the smallest of the three. It is popular for bird-watching.

26. Trekking in Ladakh

Trekking in Ladakh
Must visit 3.6 /5

609 km
from city center
26 out of 67
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.

27. Shopping in Ladakh

Shopping in Ladakh
Must visit 3.6 /5

2,020 km
from city center
27 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

For all those who like to fill their bags with souvenirs and local produce, the markets in Ladakh offers beautiful Tibetan jewellery, motifs, decorated carpets and woolen clothes. 

28. Sangam

Sangam

112 km
from city center
28 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Sangam is the confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers in Ladakh. The two rivers can be separately seen meeting at this point. While the Indus River appears as shiny blue, Zanskar River appears muddy green.

29. Lamayuru

Lamayuru
Must visit 3.5 /5

117 km
from city center
29 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Lamayuru

Lamayuru is a tiny village that's popularly known as the Moonland of Ladakh. It is immensely popular for housing the Lamayuru Monastery, the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh. It is an ideal stopover between the Kargil-Leh route.

30. Chang La Pass

Chang La Pass

8 km
from city center
30 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Chang La Pass is a high mountain pass and one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The 15km long pass is especially popular amongst bikers. The roads are mostly paved and are driveable by any vehicle. Changla is open for tourists from Mid May to October.

31. Rafting in Ladakh

Rafting in Ladakh
Must visit 4.2 /5

11,944 km
from city center
31 out of 67
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.

32. Sankar Gompa

Sankar Gompa
3.2 /5

43 km
from city center
32 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Leh

Sankar Gompa is a beautiful Buddhist monastery located 6 km from Leh. A subsidiary of Spituk Monastery, it serves as the residence of the Abbot of Spituk, the senior incarnate lama of Ladakh, making it an important religious site. The main attraction is the statue of Avalokitesvara with 1000 arms and heads.

33. Lachung Temple

Lachung Temple

1,239 km
from city center
33 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in the Nubra Valley, Lachung Temple is a religious pilgrimage found in the Diksit village. Besides housing some of the most colourful and narrative paintings, this temple is also one of the oldest holy sites in the region.

34. Hundur Monastery

Hundur Monastery

79 km
from city center
34 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Hundur Monastery is a hilltop temple located in the Nubra Valley, quite close to the Diskit monastery and Lachung temple.

35. Druk White Lotus School

Druk White Lotus School

3,318 km
from city center
35 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

The Druk White Lotus School, also known as Druk Padma Karpo School, is a Buddhist cultural school located in the Shey valley, close to Shey Monastery and Palace. It is popular as the Rancho School from the famed Bollywood movie 3-idiots. It has become a popular tourist attraction, even though it is a not public tourist spot.

36. Dha Hanu

Dha Hanu
3.5 /5

144 km
from city center
36 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Kargil

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.

37. Sindhu Darshan Festival

Sindhu Darshan Festival

37 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

The Sindhu Darshan festival is celebrated Leh Ladakh region, every year on the full moon day. 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. The Bollywood movie "Dil Se" was shot at the first Sindhu Darshan Festival.

38. Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary
3.5 /5

76 km
from city center
38 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Hemis

The Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary is located at an altitude of about 4000-9000 feet in the Ladakhi Changthang Plateau. The vast range of exotic flora and fauna attribute the sanctuary to be the second-largest nature reserve. It houses the three popular high altitude lakes - Tso Moriri, Pangong Lake and Tso Kar.

39. Nyoma

Nyoma
3.5 /5

107 km
from city center
39 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Nyoma is a quaint village located 150 km from Leh on the banks of the Indus River. The main attraction of this unexplored village is a Buddhist monastery and the long walks in the peaceful lanes. Nyoma is best visited as a stopover when travelling to Chumathang from Leh. An inner line permit is required to visit Nyoma and its monastery.

40. Hunder Village

Hunder Village

81 km
from city center
40 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Hunder is a remote village located in the Nubra Valley region, 7km from Diksit Monastery. It is known for its sand dunes, cold desert and bactrian camel rides. It is also home to forests of sea-buckthorn, which is a medicinal plant. Hunder is popular amongst trekkers.

41. Mountain Biking in Ladakh

Mountain Biking in Ladakh
3.3 /5

19 km
from city center
41 out of 67
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.

42. Bactrian Camel Ride

Bactrian Camel Ride
3.3 /5

97 km
from city center
42 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley is famous for the Bactrian Camel Safari. These camels are not even the usual ones that you must have seen in Rajasthan or in pictures. These camels having two humps were the major mode of transport to travel to silk route. These are now used for the safari in the region is hugely popular among the tourists.

43. Panamik Hot Springs

Panamik Hot Springs
3.2 /5

98 km
from city center
43 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Nubra Valley

Located at a distance of about 140 Km from Leh, Panamik Village is the northernmost part of India. It lies on the bank of Nubra river and is well known for its hot water spring, Pashmina goats and the bactarian camels. 

44. Turtuk

Turtuk

144 km
from city center
44 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Turtuk is a small village located in Nubra Valley region of Ladakh, on the banks of Shyok River. It is an unexplored and offbeat place, opened to tourists only in 2010. The picturesque village with its tiny houses and fields is surreal. It remains cut off from Ladakh for 6 months during winter.

45. Pathar Sahib Gurudwara

Pathar Sahib Gurudwara

64 km
from city center
45 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is a beautiful gurudwara, dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev. It is highly revered as it houses a rock which resembles Guru Nanak's back. It is built at the site where he is believed to have vanquished a demon.

46. Yarab Tso Lake

Yarab Tso Lake
3.2 /5

43 km
from city center
46 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Nubra Valley

Popular as the hidden lake, Yarab Tso is located in the Nubra Valley region. It is an uninhabited lake with crystal clear water. Being located in a remote location, the only way to reach it is through an uphill hike.

47. MoonLand, Lamayuru

MoonLand, Lamayuru
3.2 /5

118 km
from city center
47 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Lamayuru

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.

48. Darcha Padum Trek

Darcha Padum Trek
3.5 /5

120 km
from city center
48 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Zanskar

Located on river Bhaga, Darcha is a small Lahaul region in the Himachal district of Spiti. Whereas Padum is among the two primary capital cities of the Zanskar society. There are plenty of camping sites en route, spread across a variety of nomadic sites travellers would pass by. 

49. Maitreya Buddha

Maitreya Buddha
3.3 /5

72 km
from city center
49 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Nubra Valley

Near the Diskit monastery in Nubra Valley stands a 32 meter tall statue of Maitreya Buddha facing towards the Shyok river. This statue is built with 8 Kg gold which was donated by the head of Gompa and was sanctified by the Dalai Lama. 

50. Shyok Valley

Shyok Valley

215 km
from city center
50 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Shyok Village is a hidden gem located in the Nubra Valley region, between Leh and Pangong Lake. Located on the banks of the Shyok River, this tiny hamlet is an offbeat location with only a few houses and families. It is the perfect place to slow down, breathe in nature and get away from the daily routine.

51. Handicrafts Industrial Cooperative Shop

Handicrafts Industrial Cooperative Shop
3.2 /5

2,020 km
from city center
51 out of 67
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 .

52. Samstanling Monastery

Samstanling Monastery
3.2 /5

87 km
from city center
52 out of 67
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Nubra Valley

Samstanling Monastery in Sumlur village is an important Buddhist shrine in Nubra Valley. Founded 140 years ago, the monastery houses 50 monks who look after its daily functioning. The main attraction is the spectacular murals and paintings of Buddha.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Ladakh?

Day 1: Arrive at Leh in the morning by flight or road. Head towards your hotel. The place is at an altitude of 14000m above sea level, so an entire day is required to just acclimatize to the weather and steady your heads. Spend the night visiting some local shops nearby the city of Leh or just relax in your hotel rooms.
Day 2: Head out to the city of Leh for some sightseeing at places in close vicinity. Witness sights such as the palatial towns of Shey and Thiksey and its monasteries, the Sindhu Ghat, Druk Padma Karpo, popularly known as ‘Rancho's school’ and so on. Visit the Shanti Stupa in the evening overlooking the city and the Leh market for shopping.
Day 3: Head to Nubra Valley from Leh, which is a tough yet majestic five-hour journey through the Khardung-La, one the highest motorable roads in the world. Go to the Samstaling Monastery that is beautifully adorned in shades of gold, red and white. Alternatively, you can opt for the Sumur sand dunes for a camel ride.
Day 4: After spending the night in Nubra Valley, head to Leh again. En route, visit the Diskit Monastery and the barren expanse of Hunder Sand Dunes for yet another camel safari if you wish. Reach Leh in the evening and spend some leisure time at your hotel.
Day 5: Head to Pangong Lake from Leh early morning. This too is an enduring 5-hour journey by road. The journey will be through the Changla Pass. Arriving the lakeside, get mesmerized by the enchanting beauty of the lake and its backdrop. Spend the night in the tents near the lake and enjoy a bonfire with your friends.
Day 6: Say bye to the heaven on Earth and take a load of memories back as you head to the airport to catch your flight or go to any other destination in your vehicle.

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What are the top sightseeing places in Ladakh?

The top sightseeing places in Ladakh are Pangong Lake, Magnetic Hill, Leh Palace, Chadar Trek, Tso Moriri, Zanskar Valley.

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The top activities in Ladakh are 5D4N Leh Tour by Tripver, Pangong Tso Lake Private Day Tour From Leh, Monastery Full Day Tour in Leh, 11D10N Stok Kangri Summit Trek from Leh , Likir Private Day Trip from Leh, Leh Private Sightseeing Full Day Trip.

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