5 Best Places To Visit In Ladakh
A Ladakh trip is an experience of a lifetime, and when you get that chance, why would you want to miss out on anything best there? Monasteries, rivers, valleys, desert and Himalayan villages – a Ladakh trip will be a confluence of so many awesome things. From Pangong Lake to Nubra Valley, each one is a charm on its own and here are the best places to visit in Ladakh.
And of course, one blog isn’t enough to write all about Ladakh Trip so let my first be 5 Best Places To Visit In Ladakh.
At The Explorester we always recommend the offbeat places to visit. But with Ladakh trip, we will start with the basics. You cannot leave Ladakh without reaching these 5 Best Places To Visit In Ladakh, even though it already falls into most of the itineraries.
1. Leh Palace
The Royal Leh Palace is situated on a cliff overlooking the town of Leh. The view from up the cliff is magnificent with mud-brick houses, rugged desert, green scattered forest and the snow-capped Himalayas, all in one frame. Spare at least 30 minutes of your Ladakh Trip to just sit and absorb the panorama from the top and this will surely make it to your list of best places to visit in Ladakh too.
2. The Road From Leh to Alchi
If you flew to Ladakh instead of driving, you must rent a bike/car from Leh and go on this very short road trip. Alchi is 66 km from Leh town. A beautiful Himalayan village but a perfect example of “The Journey is more important than the Destination.” The drive with the view of the rugged terrain and an endless road in front of you, you will feel like a scene right out of your dreams.
If you are short on days on the Ladakh tour, you can visit Alchi as a day trip. But ensure that you drive back from Alchi to Leh during sunset. Coz OMG! the Golden hour feels so much different than the same route you took in the morning.
3. Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley is a few hours north of Leh and is accessible through the highest motorable road in the world – Khardung La Pass. The Nubra Valley offers tremendous scenery, with green oasis villages surrounded by harsh arid mountains. The monasteries and ruined palaces along with the sand dunes, jagged mountains and high altitude attract adventure tourists to Nubra Valley from across the globe.
Nubra Valley is one of the hotspots of adventure sports in India. The adventure activities here include – River rafting, Camel Safari, Cycling and Camping among the few.
Also Read: How to plan your vacation to Ladakh safely after covid-19.
4. Pangong Lake
The sight of the pristine Pangong Lake or Pangong Tso is breathtaking. Pangong Lake extends from India to China and has been a matter of dispute between the 2 countries. It is about 6 hours drive, south-east of Leh and gained its fame after the climax of the movie – 3 Idiots.
But the hype about its blue waters is all true and no photograph or video can do justice to the beauty of Pangong Lake. The first glimpse of the lake and its changing blue waters will be photographed in your memory for years to come and this may be the most beautiful part of your Ladakh trip.
Among other things in Ladakh, you must visit at least one monastery during your Ladakh Trip. The Monasteries in Ladakh are more than just religious centres. They are enchanting structures that hold the Buddhist heritage alive. You can find your inner peace along with spectacular views of the arid deserts and snow-capped mountains.
The most famous monasteries in Ladakh are Thiksey Monastery (Leh), Hemis Monastery (Leh) & Diskit Monastery (Nubra Valley). The view and the peace you experience here will surely make you seek for more monasteries among the best places to visit in Ladakh.
Ladakh is a place like no other, and its beauty cannot be expressed in words. It is known for its awe-inspiring landscapes and its unique culture that is a blend of Indian, Tibetan and Buddhism. Even if you are short on days, these are the 5 best places to visit in Ladakh and you cannot leave until you have seen them.
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