PLACES TO VISIT IN LADAKH
There are so many things to soak in while being on ladakh tour packages that it is advisable to make a list of places on wishes to explore during their sojourn. The choices may differ as per the preferences of one’s travel, but there are some aspects which are a must to be put on your travel itinerary during leh ladakh tour. Leh, the biggest city of Ladakh which is more than likely to be the foothold of your Ladakh sojourn, has scores of things to be discovered. It is the sitting place of Ladakh Royalty and also the best place to witness Tibetan Buddhist culture. From palaces to museums, Leh has it all to leave you impressed.
While being on ladakh bike ride, Nubra Valley is a must visit if one wishes to see amalgamation of Buddhist culture and breathtaking panorama. Pangong Tso lake, which spreads a colossal 134 km and extends into China, was made famous by popular Bollywood movie 3 Idiots and is a well visited place by tourists for its pristine form at a height of more than 14000 feet above sea level. One would also want to include Khardung pass during their ladakh tourism on road and also the Hemis National Park, to get a peek at the flora and fauna of the place.
Leh is most likely to be the base of your ladakh tourism. It is the most significant and biggest city in Ladakh. It has several tourist attractions. Leh Palace, formal sitting place of Ladakh Royalty, is a colossal 9 storey palace and is open round the year providing stunning view of the city. Some of the other major attractions to be witnessed during leh ladakh tour are Shanti Stupa, Stok Palace, Sankar Gompa, The War Museum, Jama Masjid and The Victory Tower. The city provides memorable reflections into Tibetan Buddhism culture, not to mention breathtaking exotic views from each and every corner of the city.
Drass is often termed as ‘Gateway to Ladakh’. It is the coldest place in the country and the town came into prominence during India-Pakistan Kargil War of 1999. Drass is popular among ladakh tour packages as a convenient base for trekking. There are several short journey treks which can be accomplished for amateur trekking enthusiasts. Religious destination of Amarnath also begins here. Manman Top, Gomchan Valley, Ningoor Masjid, etc are some of the tourist attraction which Drass has to offer. However, the place is more popular among ladakh bike riders for the picturesque drive through the Drass valley.
Kargil is another district of Ladakh, besides Leh. The town of Kargil serves as headquarter of the district named after it. Second largest town after Leh in Ladakh, Kargil is another obvious stop during ladakh tour packages. The place is well connected including a National Highway and has ample accommodation facilities to serve as an ideal base for travel. The place has been epicentre for Kargil War of 1999 between India and Pakistan, which India triumphed. One can explore war history through memorials and museums about the place while being in the midst of their ladakh tourism.
Nubra valley was earlier called as Ldumra which means Valley of Flowers. The ladakh tour packages operators will elucidate that Nubra Valley separates Ladakh from Karakoram ranges. The valley has presence of two rivers and is widely popular among adrenalin enthusiasts for adventure sports, most prominent being white water rafting. Those interested in exploring Buddhist culture during their ladakh tourism would also find Nubra valley interesting; for it has several monasteries like Diskit and Samstanling. The Maitreya Buddha statue which is 35 feet long is famous among tourists. The place also offers several trekking and mountaineering opportunities.
Tsomoriri Lake is the largest high altitude lake in the Trans Himalayan biosphere and is situated between India and Tibet. The oligotrophic lake is served with springs and ice melts. It seems that the mountains virtually melt here. The view is simply unforgettable and those of leh ladakh tour would vouch for it. The lake is surrounded by extensive marshy wetland and has a dedicated wetland conservation reserve declared for it. The accessibility to this lake is not always good and tourists can soak in the splendid views only during the best time to visit ladakh, that is, summers.
Zanskar River Unlike the Nubra Valley, Zanskar valley is a cut off region and can be reached only by a 7 day trek or a 14 hour drive. However, the endeavour is worth putting in for those tourists wishing to witness culture of the place during leh ladakh tour. The place is home to some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries including the much visited monasteries of Rangdum Monastery, Sani Monastery, Bardan Monastery and Phugtal Monastery. While maximum population belong to Tibetan Buddhism allegiance, but there is also presence of Sunni Muslims in the place; hence proving a glimpse at rare amalgamation during your ladakh tour packages.
Pangong Lake is famous cause of popular Hindi movie 3 Idiots, Pangong Tso Lake spreads across incredible 134 km and is present at a height of more than 14000 feet above sea level. The lake provides sterling natural tranquillity at display and ladakh tourism is incomplete without glimpsing this lake. The colossal lake stretches from India into the Chinese territory. The lake, even though freezes in entirety during winter season, houses heavenly water during summers. It takes around 5 hours from Leh to reach this place and the entire journey is so mesmerizing that one has to behold to believe.
Diskit Monastery Nubra Valley has immense cultural significance for Ladakh and has many monasteries. The Diskit Monastery is most famous of all the valleys here and is widely visited by tourists on their ladakh tourism. Diskit Gompa is the largest and also the oldest Buddhist monastery of Gompa in the Nubra Valley. It belongs to the Gelugpa section of Tibetan Buddhism and was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, Tsong Khapa’s disciple who was founder of Gelugpa. People on leh ladakh tour can also get glimpse of Hundur Monastery and Lachung Temple, which are in the vicinity of Diskit Gompa Monastery.
Sarchu While taking the Manali – Leh highway which heavy snowfall only permits to be opened during the best time to visit ladakh, that is, between May to September has the Sarchu stoppage. Since the journey takes more than one day, the stoppage becomes mandatory. Sarchu is on the banks of picturesque river Tsarap Chu. It has tented accommodation for tourists. For those who have the adrenalin push to undertake difficult treks, Sarchu serves as the base for trek to the Zanskar region of Ladakh which has some of the oldest monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism. The camps and even the Manali – Leh highway are closed during the winters.
Hemis National Park is a must include adventure to be explored during ladakh tourism. Also called as the Hemis High Altitude National Park, it is not just the highest National Park in the country but is also the second largest one after the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The Hemis Monastery falls within the territory of the national park and is over 400 years old. As one would discover during their visit to the park during their leh ladakh tour, the National Park is home to some of the rare endangered flora and fauna; including Snow Leopards which are over 200 here.