November 12, 2019


Leh Ladakh is such a dream destination that every traveller desires to go there once in his lifetime. It’s a Buddhist kingdom, with palaces, gompas and monasteries rising high over the stark landscape of Ladakh. It’s a place of unique landscapes, that can never be found anywhere in India. The first thing you need to know if the places to visit in Leh Ladakh.

Tourists go there with a promise to seek adventure, explore Tibetan culture, breathe the unpolluted air, and experience the heavenly bliss that can be found everywhere in Ladakh.

We’ve come up with a list of places to visit in Leh Ladakh, including its top attractions and the best tourist landmarks that should be visited on your trip to Leh Ladakh.

Handpicked Places to Visit in Leh Ladakh

1. Pangong Tso Lake

Pangong Tso

Remember the lake from the movie “3 Idiots”? Well, that’s Pangong Tso Lake in Leh Ladakh. The crystal blue waters of the lake, with the surrounding landscape of bare mountain peaks, is a photographer’s delight.

In winters though, the lake freezes and its surface attracts tourists to the Ice Skating Festival. The lake is breeding ground for migratory birds, and camping around the lake is an exciting activity.

  • How to reach: 160 km from Leh. A 5-hr drive from Leh.
  • What to do: Camping at the banks of the lake, Visit Ice Skating Festival, Bird watching, photography.
  • Entry Fee: NA

2. Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa

The strikingly white structure of Shanti Stupa and its dome is the most recognizable landmarks in Leh Ladakh. It was built by Japanese and Ladakhi Buddhists to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism and to promote world peace.

The white surface looks magnificent in the daytime, but on full moon nights, it looks even more beautiful when it gets bathed in the soft glow of the moon rays. Tourists can experience the joys of meditation inside the Stupa, and also see the stunning views of sunrise and sunset.

  • How to reach: 5 km from Leh via car.
  • What to do: Meditate in the Buddha Hall, Walk around the stupa, photography, shopping for handicrafts.
  • Entry Fee: NA

3. Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri Lake

A remote lake, compared to the other lakes in Leh-Ladakh, Tso Moriri Lake is the largest alpine lake in India. Fewer tourists visit this lake due to its remote location, harsh climate prevailing here, and rough roads.

The lake is a beauty to behold, with its blue waters, surrounding mountainous landscape, and open sky. Camping here, and sleeping under the starry night sky, is a must-do activity near the lake.

  • How to reach: 240 km from Leh. 6-7 hours drive from Leh.
  • What to do: Camping in Korzok village, photography, bird watching, wildlife excursions, fairs and festivals.
  • Entry Fee: NA

4. Leh Palace

Leh Palace

Built in the 17th century, Leh Palace is a splendid example of medieval Tibetan architecture and design. The ingenious structure of Leh Palace makes the interior warm in cold days and cools in the scorching summer heat. Inside, there are corridors, spacious halls and chambers.

You can have a good view of the surrounding country from the top. Though it now lies in ruins, it’s the most visited monument in Leh Ladakh.

  • How to reach: 5 km from Leh airport via car.
  • What to do:  Visit the museum, see the scenic view from the top, admire the architecture.
  • Entry Fee: INR 15 per person (Indian citizens), INR 100 (Foreigner nationals).

5. Khardung La Pass

Khardung La Pass

This mountain pass in Ladakh is the highest motorable roads in India. Though people have come to know of Khardung La Pass in modern times, it used to be part of an ancient caravan route, transporting supplies from Leh to towns in Central Asia.

Its unique terrain makes it a hotspot for mountain biking expeditions. It is also the most treacherous roads to drive, as heavy traffic falling rocks, melting snow, mud and craters makes it a nightmare for drivers.

  • How to reach: 39 km from Leh. Drive of 1 hr 9 min
  • What to do:  Biking, photography.
  • Entry Fee: Rs.20/- per person, per day.

6. Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill

The hill is so called as vehicles seem to defy gravity and move upward on the hill when parked at a marked spot. Though it is not certain that it is a reality or an illusion, this hill attracts tourists to watch this unusual spectacle.

  • How to reach: 30 km from Leh. Drive of 38 min.
  • What to do:  Yak Safari, mountain climbing, trekking.
  • Entry Fee: NA

7. Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley

If you want to watch the true splendour of Leh Ladakh, then Nubra Valley is where you must head to. This fertile valley, nourished by the waters of the Nubra and Shyok Rivers, has pretty apple orchards, scenic landscapes, and colourful Buddhist monasteries. The vast sand dune of the cold desert lends a surreal touch to the landscape.

  • How to reach: 121 km from Leh. Drive of 4 hr 48 min via Khardung La Road.
  • What to do:  Bactrian Camel Rides, Jeep Safari, Photography,
  • Entry Fee: NA

8. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

Travelling to Namgyal Tsemo Gompa can be a great spiritual experience and visual treat for tourists. Built in the 15th century, on top of a rocky hill, the monastery offers a stunning view of the snow-capped Zanskar mountain range and the Indus River.

The monastery is famous for the three-storey high golden statue of Maitreya Buddha. The monastery is a beauty to behold, with its Tibetan architecture, frescoes and wall paintings inside the monastery.

  • How to reach: 5 km from Leh airport.
  • What to do: Photography.
  • Entry Fee: INR 20 per person

9. Spituk Monastery

Spituk Monastery

The Spituk Monastery, built in the 11th century, is an imposing structure in Leh Ladakh. It has the deity of Lord Buddha, antique paintings, festival masks, and an idol of Goddess Kali.

The Spituk Festival, held annually, is a colourful event, where the idol of Kali is unveiled, and there are masked dances by the monks, followed by prayers. The monastery offers beautiful views of the Spituk village and the surrounding mountains.

  • How to reach: 8 km from Leh via car.
  • What to do: Photography, Fairs and Festivals.
  • Entry Fee: INR 20 per person

10. Hall of Fame Museum

Hall of Fame Museum

The Hall of Fame Museum was built in memory of the soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistan wars of Kargil and Siachen glaciers.

The museum is maintained by the Indian Army and contains seized arms and ammunition, biographies of brave soldiers, uniforms, and other objects related to the Indian Army. One can also get to know the Ladakhi culture and wildlife of this region, besides many other things.

  • How to reach: 4 km from Leh via car.
  • What to do: History, Photography
  • Entry Fee: INR 10 per person for Indians, INR 50 per person for foreign tourists.

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