Ladakh, the land of mystery never becomes tired of enticing travelers with its snow-clad peaks. The speedy Zanskar and Indus rivers and various streams carrying glaciers from mountains, and lush green valleys, all invoke a tourist’s dream. Ladakh is not only a paradise for trekkers, but the place is also an equal choice for those who wish to experience tranquility and serenity amidst scenic views.
No doubt the adventure quotient is high, which means you may wonder about the safety. Hire a private tour guide who can inform you about every small aspect to make your holiday safe and enjoyable. A good private tour guide is aware of the best attractions and the best ways to explore them to the fullest. No doubt, it will add zing to your vacation. When you plan an itinerary of Ladakh, include the following places.
Tso Moriri, the freshwater lake is situated at an altitude of 15000 ft. The journey from Leh to Tso Moriori offers a sudden change in the landscape from rugged to lush green vegetation. While on your way, you can also capture an image of a hot spring on your smartphone or camera.
The beautiful Pangong Lake is around 134 km long. The lake is located at a height of 14270 ft. and about 40% of the lake falls under India. The pristine, blue water of the lake reflects the mountainous peaks. The tranquil and serene environment captivates the traveler’s mind.
Zanskar valley is one of the secluded places to visit in Ladakh. The valley is home to thousands of Buddhists. The valley lies between the Zanskar mountain ranges and the Great Himalayan ranges. The valley is surrounded by deep gorges and lofty mountains. The valley remains closed for eight months every year because of heavy snowfall.
Royal Leh Palace
The Royal Leh Palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. The palace boasts nine stories and offers a magnificent, panoramic view of Stok Kangri, Leh, and the Indus River. The palace houses a museum where you will find rare collections of ceremonial dresses, crowns, jewelry, etc.
When you prepare the Ladakh itinerary, including Magnetic hill is a must. Magnetic hill is also known as a gravity hill. The hill falls on the national highway that starts from Leh and truncates at Baltik. The amazing feature of this hill is that it can pull any vehicle up through its steep slope even if the ignition is turned off. A gurudwara located nearby the hill is the bonus attraction.
A Japanese constructed the Shanti Stupa on a steep hilltop. The monument is located nearby to the town of Leh. From the stupa, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Leh and the snow-clad mountains surrounding the area. The views of sunset and sunrise can be experienced from the stupa.
The Nubra valley is also known as the Valley of Flowers. The valley is a 150 km drive from Leh. On the way, you can halt at the Khadung La Pass. This pass enjoys the top rank of the highest motorable road in the world. Loading at Numbra is not a problem as there are small hotels and guest houses in Diskit, the main village of Numbra.
Kargil was a busy town in Ladakh in the past. Various trade activities used to take place between India, China, Afghanistan, and Turkey through Kargil. Kargil is the second largest town in Ladakh. It lies west of Leh and faces the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. The town is peaceful and is home to a number of scenic attractions.
Lamayuru monastery is located at an altitude of 3510 meters and about 127 km from Leh. The Red Hat sect of Buddhism maintains the monastery.
When you visit the monastery, you can see beautiful collections of wall paintings, which are rich in murals, color, and scriptures. The landscape is similar to moon land like terrain.
Alchi Monastery is the only monastery in Ladakh, which is situated on flat ground. The monastery boasts wall paintings that belong to the 11th century. The paintings are well preserved.
These are some of the places in Ladakh that you need to include in your itinerary. The serene environment will compel you to visit again.
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