Here are the top 58 tourist attractions to see in Leh Ladakh:

43. Wanla Monastery

3.2 /5

117 km
from city center
43 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Lamayuru

The Wanla monastery is Buddhist monatery located in the Lamayuru region. It is popular for housing an 11 headed Avalokitesvara statue and one of the earliest known Drigung Kagyu prayer chambers. It is located closed to the Lamayuru monastery.

44. Lamayuru Monastery, Lamayuru

3.2 /5

117 km
from city center
44 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Lamayuru

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.

45. Stakna Gompa, Hemis

3.2 /5

29 km
from city center
45 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Hemis

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.

46. Gotsang Gompa, Hemis

3.2 /5

30 km
from city center
46 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Hemis

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

47. Umling La Pass

1,576 km
from city center
47 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Umling La is the most famous highest motorable road situated at an elevation of 19,300 feet in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. If you are a motorbike enthusiast, you would be surprised to know that Umling La is the world's highest motorable road filled with a lot of adventure and thrill. T

48. Shang Gompa, Hemis

3.2 /5

71 km
from city center
48 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Located in : Hemis

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.

49. Hemis Festival

49 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

The Hemis Festival, a two-day festival hosted at the Hemis Gompa Monastery celebrates the birth of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Celebrated on the 10th day of the Tibetan Lunar month, the main highlight of Hemis festival is the gathering of the lamas around the central flagpole of monastery, where they perform the mystic mask dances (Chams) and sacred plays.

50. Ladakh Festival

50 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

The Ladakh Festival is an annual fiesta organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department in Leh. Events such as folk dances, musical performances, mask dances, art and craft exhibitions, etc. form an integral part of this festival. It provides an excellent opportunity for the tourists to experience the culture and lifestyle of the people in Ladakh. A blend of Tibetan, Central Asian and Northern India; the Ladakh Festival is a week-long extravaganza that shouldn't be missed if you're visiting Leh-Ladakh.

51. Matho Nagrang Festival of Ladakh

51 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

The Oracle Matho Nagrang Festival is held at the Matho Monastery or Matho Gompa in Ladakh in the first month of the Tibetan new year. It is believed that two oracles, or Ronstang, inhabit the bodies of two specially chosen monks to predict the future of the village and individual villagers. Such traditions might seem unbelievable to the outsiders, but for the people living here, it's a way of life. Matho Nagrang Festival is one of the most important festivals of the Tibetan Buddhism Sakya School which like other Tibetan festivals, is celebrated with great pomp and show.

52. Dosmoche Festival

52 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

The festival of Dosmoche is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in Leh-Ladakh region. Falling right at the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, the festival is held in the majestic Leh Palace. Monks from different monasteries gather at the courtyards of the palace to perform Chams. "It marks the victory of the forces of good over evil. "

53. Losar Festival

53 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

The Losar festival of Ladakh is one of the major Tibetan Buddhist festivals that is celebrated with performances of traditional songs and folk dances of the region. The Ladakh area of Jammu & Kashmir witnesses an outburst of mirth in the form of festivities and high surged devotion on the occasion of Losar.

54. Watch a Chhams Performance

54 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

One of the most exotic things to do in Leh Ladakh is to watch the Llams perform the Chhams. The performance involves a dance drama executed by the Llams in colorful costumes. The whole event is filled with euphoria and is a delight to witness. These performances get especially popular during the Hemis Festival or the Ladakh Festival.

55. Donkey Sanctuary

55 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

It might come as a surprise to even some of the most hardcore animal rights enthusiasts but there exits such a thing as the Donkey sanctuary. It caters to the old and sick donkeys in the region that are always needed by the locals owing to the geographical conditions but left when sick or old. The place in Leh Ladakh is a very lively barn and will probably set a smile on the face of children and adult alike with its witty posters and graffiti.

56. Experience the Local Culture

56 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Ladakh is a very friendly place and you’ll find many people willing to share their own experiences and stories of Ladakh with you. The monks and children are particularly helpful and will go out of their way to get you accustomed to the culture of Leh and make you feel at home.

57. Stargazing

57 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Leh-Ladakh, as already mentioned earlier, is a must visit place for all photography lovers – especially, Astro-photographers! The Major reason why Ladakh is a favourite among astrophotographers is because it provides clear night skies to complement the scenic beauty. Cities don’t generally have such pellucid skies owing to the pollution around.

58. Chang La

8 km
from city center
58 out of 58
places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Ladakh is already known for its high altitude mountain passes and highest motorable roads. Another feather in the cap of Ladakh is the Chang La Pass, which is the third highest motorable road in the mountains, in all the world. Perched at an altitude of 5360 m above the sea level, Chang La Pass is one of the hot spots of travel among all the adventure enthusiasts and bike riders. It is also home to the highest research station in the world that is run by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India.

Things to do in Leh Ladakh by Neighbourhood

FAQs on Leh Ladakh

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.

How can I commute within Ladakh?

The mystic and awe striking region of Ladakh is surrounded with gorgeous scenery and travelling through this region can indeed be a pleasure. There are buses, taxis, motorcycles and bicycles available for getting across Ladakh and you can choose the one that you deem fit.
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How much does a package cost for Ladakh?

The packages for Ladakh start at INR 8000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top restaurants in Ladakh?

The best places to eat in Ladakh are Local Food Restaurant, La Terrasse, Cafe Jeevan, Sheldon Garden Restaurant, Booklovers Retreat, La Piazetta. You can see all the places to eat in Ladakh here

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.

What are the top shopping places in Ladakh?

The top shopping places in Ladakh are Shopping in Ladakh, Gol Market, Handicrafts Industrial Cooperative Shop.

What are the top activities in Ladakh?

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.

What are the top hotels in Ladakh?

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