Do you want to witness the beauty of the spectacularly magical and unrealistic landscape? If yes, Leh-Ladakh should top your bucket list. Call it fantasy or reality, Ladakh, the coldest desert in the world is snuggled amidst the snow-capped peaks and floating clouds. It is a land where nature displays its magical charm in full bloom. It is the place where you can view the extremes of nature – blue waters, frosty winds, glaciers and sand dunes, and freezing temperatures.
Ladakh literally means ‘land of high passes,’ is perched at an altitude of 3,500 meters above the sea level, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. At this altitude, you are on the roof of the world! The place comfortably rests between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the great Himalayas to the south. Known as the ‘land of high passes, it is a region, completely isolated from the modern world.
An authentic land, it still follows its ancestral customs diligently. As a traveler, when you reach here, you wouldn’t find similarities in the land and people of the rest of India. For some it is fascination, for some, it is the place to eyewitness the rich traditions of Mahayana Buddhism, flourished in the most pristine form in the region, often referred to as Little Tibet.
So, what has this place in store for you? Let’s go through the tourist places in Ladakh.
Tourism in Ladakh
Being the largest city of Ladakh, Leh observes the maximum footfalls of tourists. Here, lies the essence of Ladakh tourism, so don’t miss to explore every important nook and corner of the place. Take a stroll to The Leh Palace, situated in the main market. Still belongs to the royal family of Ladakh, the palace with eight stories stands proudly, overlooking the famous Chamba Temple. When you are in Leh, a visit to the famous Thiksey Monastery is a must. The monastery is home to 49 ft high statue of Maitreya (future Buddha). Don’t miss – Shanti Stupa, the market, and the local food.
Ladakh is a land of different contrasts. Harsh brown mountains a hue of blue in the sky make this land more appealing and tempting.
Famous Tourist Places in Leh and Ladakh
Take a ride to Pangong Lake, the highest saltwater lake in the world, which is shared by two countries, India and China. Wish to view the desert part of Ladakh, where you can actually see sand and camels? Head to Hunder. It is the only place in India where you can enjoy a desert safari on double-hump Bactrian camels. Located in the bank of Shayok River, Hunder is one of the highest altitudes desserts in the world that covers a large area. Apart from Bactrian camels, the place gives you a chance to witness its famous sand dunes. The place holds some of the best camping sites and naturally, it invites adventurers from all across the world. Often referred to as ‘the desert in the Sky,’ the magnificent village is surrounded by cold deserts and the glorious Himalayas in Nubra Valley. You can also travel further to Turtuk, the quaint village where you can view the gompa and waterfall.