Ladakh is a beautiful area in North India, situated at the foot of the majestic Himalayas. It is a fascinating combination of beautiful lakes, spectacular mountains, Tibetan monasteries, and green valleys. When you visit Ladakh, you should definitely not skip these 8 places.
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8 PLACES THAT YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY VISIT IN LADAKH
This age-old palace was built in 1553 on Tsemo Hill, at the foot of the city. The structure has nine floors and it is built according to Tibetan architecture – from stone, wood, sand, and mud.
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Until the nineteenth century, Leh Palace was the home of the royal family of Ladakh, who moved to Stok Palace after an attack on the palace. In the building is a museum, where you can admire old royal possessions, such as jewelry, clothing, and crowns.
The Nubra Valley is becoming more and more popular among tourists, and for good reason – the place is breathtakingly beautiful and you will be amazed by the ride. The remote valley is about 150 kilometers from Leh and to get there you have to cross the high Khardung La mountain pass. Because this mountain pass is closed in winter, you can only visit the Nubra Valley from May to September.
Places to visit in the valley are the Diskit Monastery in Diskit and the sand dunes of Hunder, where the rare Bactrian camels live. To visit the Nubra Valley, you need an Inner Line Permit.
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This beautiful white stupa in Leh was built by Japanese monks between 1983 and 1991 and is known as one of the most beautiful Buddhist buildings in India. It is located on a 4267-meter high hill on the outskirts of the city, giving you a great view of Leh from the stupa.
In the building, you will find a number of Buddhist relics, including murals about the life of Buddha. To get there, you can take the high, steep stairs from the city side, but you can also drive there by car.
At this special point, about 30 kilometers west of Leh, the Zanskar and Indus rivers meet. Because both rivers have a different color – one bluish and the other greenish – it is a special sight to see them blend into one another. After the rainfall in August, there is a lot of mud in the river, so you can, unfortunately, see the color difference much less.
After your visit to Sangam Point, make sure to head into the Zanskar valley, because the area here is beautiful. You can also choose to raft the rivers; tours of 9, 16 and 26 kilometers are offered.
This iconic monastery is one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh and has a beautiful hillside location. Around 120 monks live in the twelve-story monastery and from the tallest building you have a breathtaking view of the Indus Valley.
In the gompa, you will find various Buddhist works of art, such as statues, stupas, and murals. There is also a temple for the goddess Tara. Thiksey Monastery is approximately an 18 km drive from Leh.
This 134-kilometer-long lake lies at over 4350 meters altitude and is approximately 40 percent in India and 60 percent in China. It is best known for the color of the crystal clear water, which changes about five to six times a day – from clear green to deep blue.
Although it is a saltwater lake, it freezes completely in winter, so you can walk over it during the winter months. The lake is about a 5-hour drive from Leh and you have to cross the high Chang La mountain pass to get there. To visit Pangong Lake, you need an Inner Line Permit.
This mountain pass is 5359 meters high, but according to old measurements, it is 5602 meters high, making it incorrectly known as the highest passable mountain pass in the world. Although it may not be the highest passable pass, the mountain pass – which used to be used by caravans – is certainly worth a visit.
Khardung La is a 39-kilometer drive from Leh and you have to cross it anyway if you want to go from Leh to the Nubra Valley. The mountain pass is closed in winter, so you can only go there between May and September. To prevent acute altitude sickness, it is recommended that you stay no longer than 20 minutes.
The Hemis Monastery is the largest, richest and most popular monastery in Ladakh and is approximately a 45-kilometer drive from Leh. It was built in 1630 and it contains various stupas that are topped with silver and gold.
There is also a museum with a large collection of Buddhist relics, historical paintings, and other cultural treasures. Many young men live in the monastery and are trained to become monks. The Hemis Monastery is celebrated every year at the Hemis Monastery, which appears to be a great spectacle.