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Ladakh

The Land of the Mystic Lamas

14.4/5(466 Ratings)

Ladakh Tourism

Ladakh is famous for

Located in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is the highest inhabited region in India. Ladakh is known for its mystical landscape which is characterized by snow capped mountains, frozen lakes and scenic beauty which also serve as the major sightseeing in Ladakh. With crystal blue water and a beautiful backdrop, Pangong Lake is one of the most popular places to visit in Ladakh. From pashmina shawls to turquoise jewelry to handwoven rugs and carpets, there are plenty of things that tourists can shop for in Ladakh.

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Phenomenal atmosphere

Phenomenal atmosphere  Video Review
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Khardung La Pass

Rahul Shankar
17th Jul 17

Breathtaking

Breathtaking  Video Review
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Changla Pass

Rahul Shankar
17th Jul 17

Calm and serene

Calm and serene  Video Review
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Diskit Monastery

Rahul Shankar
17th Jul 17

Optical illusion at its best

Optical illusion at its best  Video Review
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Magnetic Hill

Rahul Shankar
17th Jul 17

Diskit Monastery - Built in 14th century

Diskit Monastery - Built in 14th century  Video Review
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Diskit Monastery

Mahadev Hirematt
13th Jul 17

106ft Buddha and temple

106ft Buddha and temple  Video Review
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Red Maitreya Temple

Mahadev Hirematt
13th Jul 17

Hunder Desert with double hump camels

Hunder Desert with double hump camels  Video Review
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Hunder Valley

Mahadev Hirematt
13th Jul 17

Magnetic hill

Magnetic hill  Video Review
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Magnetic Hill

Mahadev Hirematt
13th Jul 17

Highest motor cycle road

Highest motor cycle road  Video Review
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Khardung La Pass

Mahadev Hirematt
13th Jul 17

Leh Palace - Very old and ancient

Leh Palace - Very old and ancient  Video Review
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Leh Palace

Mahadev Hirematt
13th Jul 17

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Reasons to go to Ladakh

1Taglang La
Taglang La

Float with the cluds at the highest mountain pass in Ladakh- Taglang La. Driving through this pass is also possible although the sharp air and change in oxygen levels can prove that to be a herculean task.

Mid-range stay : Apple Nubra Cottage
Budget stay : Sia-la Guest House

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2Sarchu
Sarchu

Stargaze from a camp near Sarchu Valley and know what real peace feels like.

Smriti : At night in moonlight the mountains' views are wonderful. Next day morning they packed breakfast for us and we moved towards Manali via Keylong & Rohtang Pass.

Mid-range stay : Mystique Meadows

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3Leh): Camp under a million stars in Zanskar Valley
Leh): Camp under a million stars in Zanskar Valley

Lake | Valley | Mountain | Adventure

HolidayIQ Reviewer Monica Rai says, “Leh has so much to offer in terms of tourism. It is a haven for photographers & also for wildlife lovers alike. There is great birdlife & one can find some rare species like the black-necked crane. Before planning a holiday in Leh, one must be sure of a couple of things: It will be cold due to the high altitude, it is imperative to rest the first day to get acclimatized to the weather & height.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kunal Sanklecha shares, “Zanskar frozen river trek. Camping under a million stars is a fairytale in itself. A paradise for photography and nature lovers. Surprised to see wildlife in the sub-zero temperatures! A complete treat for adventure lovers. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity of walking on a frozen river with breathtaking views of frozen waterfalls, cloudless blue skies, and the majestic mountains.”

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Anurag Joshi shares, “Activities that kept me busy in Ladakh include trekking, camping in mountains, biking, taking photographs.”  


HolidayIQ Reviewer Kunal Sanklecha adds, “ camping under a million stars is a fairytale in itself. A paradise for photography and nature lovers.Expensive trekking shoes not required as it can be easily done with gumboots.”  


HolidayIQ Reviewer Er. rahul says, “A primary attraction here is the Hemis Gompa. One can also visit the Hemis National Park which is popularly known as the Snow leopard capital of India and is home to a variety of other animals such as langurs, wolves, marmots, deer, red foxes etc. Other than that one can indulge in activities such as trekking to make the most of the royal, widespread and pristine scenic surroundings.” 

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5Leh) - Soak in the pristine beauty of Ladakh
Leh) - Soak in the pristine beauty of Ladakh

Lake | Valley | Adventure | Village

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ruchi Parekh shares, Every time you look outside the window you find the view soothing, relaxing and thrilling. The surroundings will always seem huge and lively be it the snow-capped mountains far away, the barren hills or the stream flowing. The sun casts awesome shadows on the mountains and the same block of hills may seem different every time you look at it. The road journeys Manali - Leh or Srinagar - Leh is the best with some of the best and the worst or no roads in combination.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vaibhav shares, “One of the best places I visited. Pangong Lake is one of the best places which I visited so far. Very clear and transparent water in green and blue shade. Surrounded by hills which add to the contrast, the white sand and clear sky makes this place picturesque. The road to Pangong from Leh is thrilling, it goes through all ups and downs and curves of the mountains.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer DrMohit Lahey says, “ A million pictures won't be enough to capture the best moment but with a long ride of 6 to 8 hrs from Leh, full of adventure and fun with bullet, won't be much fun with car or SUV, must carry every essential need for tour especially with bikers.

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Reviews (466)

"Leh has an unparalleled ability to mesmerize with its unique topography. From its picturesque valley to Pangong Tso pristine water reflecting three (that my eyes could detect!) distinct shades ."

Anshul nuwal

Anshul nuwal4.3/5

3 reviews

A surreal beautiful cold dessert among Himalayas

Our trip was precisely from 28th April - 3rd May. And we had booked it via one of a travel agent, so everything was pre-planned for us.

Day 1: We had an early morning flight from Delhi to Leh. We reached there by 10.30 and were picked by the driver. We stayed at 'Great Himalayan Retreat'. It was a decent hotel. As directed by many, we took rest to acclimatize.

Day 2 : We rented a bike (Bullet 500) to go to nearby places. After breakfast, we started for Gurudwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It was actually nice to start our trip with some blessings. Then we headed towards Magnetic Hill. I had many expectations from this place, but it turned out a little disappointing for me. Don't know about others, but I was not able to feel that the vehicles are getting attracted towards the magnetic hill. Then we headed towards Sangam of Zanskar and Indus, and this was one of the best place of our trip. On returning back, we made our last stop for the day at Hall Of Fame. We luckily reached there just before the retreat ceremony (5 PM). After that, a 20 min video was shown about the 3 wars that India has fought and it was very inspirational.

Day 3 : (Leh -> Pangong Tso -> Leh) (450 km) (12 hr round trip). We intentionally made this day a hectic one, because we wanted to utilise 2 days for Nubra valley (This was not good decision as we didn't knew that there is a route connecting Pangong to Nubra). We started by 7. On the way we passed through Chang La pass and played in snow there. We reached Pangong by 12. 30. Lake was beautiful with blue water. We stayed there for 1-2 hrs and clicked lots of photographs. And then came back to Leh.

Day 4 : We left for Hunder city of Nubra Valley. It was beautiful journey to Hunder. Enroute our journey, we crossed world's highest motorable pass (Khardung La), we stopped at shooting point (where bhaag milkha bhaag was shot). Then we stopped at Diskit. It had a Monastry and a Huge 'Future Budhha' statue. This place was itself photogenic. After that we reached Hundar. Hundar has White Sand Dunes as a main attraction. Our Night stay was at camp.

Day 5 : We started back for Leh. We made stop at some unknown place which had a huge field covered with snow. We got some memorable moments captured playing in snow. By 2 PM we were in Leh. Once we reached there, after having some rest, we went for famous Shanti Stupa. It was actually a little over hyped place.

Day 6 : We bid adieu to Leh early morning. :)

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  • A surreal beautiful cold dessert among Himalayas
  • A surreal beautiful cold dessert among Himalayas
  • A surreal beautiful cold dessert among Himalayas
  • A surreal beautiful cold dessert among Himalayas
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Ladakh (Leh)

First 2 days I stayed in Leh and visited Karthungla, Nubra and Pangong Weather was good, Pangog and Nubra it was cold . Food and Shopping: Food was expensive but it was decent and tasty. Highlight of the trip: The place was awesome. Natural beauty at it's best.

Ladakh Overview

History of Ladakh

Located in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is the highest inhabited region in India. It is referred to by many names such as ‘Little Tibet’, ‘The Land of Numerous Passes’, ‘The Broken Moon’, etc. Ladakh lies at an altitude of 3500 metres above sea level in a cold desert. It is nestled between the greatest mountain ranges of the world- The Great Himalayas and the Karakoram Range.

Ladakh had been ruled by many dynasties, most of which were the descendants of the former kings of old Tibet. Owing to its strategic location, it also served as an eminent trade centre for India. It connected India to Central and West Asia.

Ladakh is known for its mystical landscape which is characterized by snow capped mountains, frozen lakes and scenic beauty which also serve as the major sightseeing in Ladakh (Leh).

People and Culture of Ladakh

The population of Ladakh is a blend of many different ethnic communities among which the Tibetans, Monpas and Dards are predominant. Most of the Ladakhis are either Shia Muslims or Tibetan Buddhists. The population also comprises a small number of Hindus, Sikhs and followers of the Bon religion. Leh is also an eminent Buddhist centre and home to many Tibetan refugees. Tibetan, Urdu, Hindi, Ladakhi, Purig and English are the major languages spoken in the region.

Things to Do in Ladakh

With crystal blue water and a beautiful backdrop, Pangong Lake is one of the most popular places to visit in Ladakh (Leh). It lies at the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control, at an altitude of 4350 metres above sea level. Among the many Ladakh (Leh) attractions, Leh Palace is a must visit. This beautiful palace sits on top of the Namgyal Hill and is known for its aesthetic appeal and historical significance. Your Ladakh (Leh) tour is incomplete without visiting the Magnetic Hill. It is the only magnetic hill in India. It has an anti-gravitational effect due to which a car will start moving upward on its own.

The Shanti Stupa which was established by Japanese Buddhists is also among the popular Ladakh (Leh) places to visit. In 1983, the stupa was opened by Dalai Lama for spreading Buddhist ideologies. Regarded as one of the highest passes in the world, the Khardung La Pass is an eminent Ladakh (Leh) tourist place. It is the gateway to the Nubra Valley which boasts of a lush landscape and is brimming with wild lavenders, roses and Alfalfa. Apart from sightseeing, there are many other things to do in Ladakh (Leh) such as shopping and adventure activities.

Food and Shopping in Ladakh

After a tiring day of Ladakh (Leh) sightseeing, one can savour some mouth watering local food at the numerous restaurants and cafes. The cuisine of Ladakh has been influenced by many foreign cuisines which include Tibetan, Korean and Chinese. Thukpa, Tsampa and Momos are some of the local specialties.

The markets of Ladakh have a lot to offer. From pashmina shawls to woolen garments to turquoise jewelry to handwoven rugs and carpets, there are plenty of things that tourists can shop for in Ladakh. Tibetan Handicrafts such as thangka paintings, Tibetan silver jewelry, delicate embroidery are also few of things sold at the local markets. Bazaar Road is lined with shops that sell these items and is the best place to go for shopping.Head over to Ladakh Art Palace to for Tibetan handicraft items. Shar Market, Tibetan Handicraft Emporium and Tibetan Market are some of the popular places to shop.

Accommodation in Ladakh

Since Ladakh is well connected by road and air, there are many options for tourists who are wondering how to reach Ladakh. There are daily flights to and from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. However, driving is the best way to reach Ladakh since the routes in the region are some of the most beautiful routes in India.

Accommodation options in Ladakh include hotels, guesthouses, lodges and resorts. Tourists can look for hotels in Ladakh that lie in the vicinity of the tourist places to see in Ladakh (Leh).


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Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

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Rati singh

Over all my Leh trip was excellent, owsom weather
Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

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Rati singh

Over all my Leh trip was excellent, owsom weather

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