Best Places To Visit And Things To Do in Leh

Leh is the epitome of scenic beauty. Once you are here, there’s no other place on earth (at least in India) which could be compared to the bliss one can experience in Leh. Topographically Leh is covered with three parallel ranges of the Himalayas, the Zanskar, the Ladakh and the Karakoram. And to add icing to the cake, 3 rivers, the Shyok, the Indus and the Zanskar flow between these ranges.

Extensively jagged with colourful fluttering flags, dramatic mountains and unforgettable landscapes, Leh is a treat to one’s eyes.

So, do you wanna splash out, soothe your soul, ease up your mind, drink the wild beauty, envisage yourself in the enchanting valley or have some time rambling alone or even with your quad? Then here’s the list of places to visit in Leh. Enjoy the mesmerizing view from the top of the Khardungla Pass, defy the gravity at the magnetic hill, feel the peace at Shanti Stupa, try to breathe out at the Dras Valley, pray for the war heroes at Kargil, and do many more such amazing things wandering at the hypnotizing sites in Leh, Ladakh.

The enticing landscape shouts hard at you to have a magical voyage, thereby compelling you to experience some of the best things to do in Leh. Be it the camping in the lap of Himalayas, or experiencing an adrenaline rush with some trekking, or going on a jeep safari with your gang, or feeling the uneven terrain while on a Caravan or having a mind-boggling river rafting experience or even as simple as cycling (try it out and rate the difficulty level yourself). Whatever activity you choose, it’s definitely gonna leave you captivated for your entire life.

Not only adventure sports, Leh is filled with zest even if you do nothing, but just sit at one place and enjoy the calmness of the river flowing or the birds chirping. One can have the best days of their life on a trip to Leh.

So you had enough of reading, now we’ll not let you keep waiting. Here the list of all the amazing things that could be a part of your next trip to Leh.

Pangong Lake:

Pangong lake is one of the most popular places to visit in Leh and is located just 160 kilometres away from Ladakh. The drive to Pangong lake is an exciting experience offering scenic views. It is a beautiful lake with crystal blue waters blessed with pleasant weather throughout the year. Pangong is also amongst the camping places in Ladakh.

Zanskar Valley:

 

Without a doubt, Zanskar valley is one of the best places to visit in Leh Ladakh. It is amongst the most desolate places in the Himalayan range. The steep terrains covered with snow reflect the heavenly skies.

Best Time to Visit: Zanskar is best visited between June to September when the road is clear of the snow. It’s closed for a significant time due to extreme snowfall and winter

Magnetic Hills:

Magnetic Hill famously known as the “Gravity Hill”, located near Leh in Ladakh gives you an experience of a lifetime. The hill discombobulates with its optical illusion, hence making you question the very existence of gravity.

There are different notions as to why it is called the Magnetic Hill or the Gravity Hill. Some believe that the magnetic force in the area is so strong that it can pull cars uphill. In fact, Border Roads Organization (BRO) has even made boxes with paints on the roads to actually make the visitors feel the magic.

While others believe that there once lied a pathway that led to the heaven. Whatever the notion may be, the magnetic hill is worth a visit if you’re in Leh.

Nubra Velly:

Trekking on the rocky, colossal trails of this valley is a truly exciting experience as it is situated near the banks of the pure Nubra river.

The valley is named as “the valley of flowers” and it has some of the most beautiful, vibrant and colourful flowers set amidst lush green landscape. This place is popular because of its serene and tranquil ambience.

Tso Moriri Lake:

If you want to get a jaw-dropping experience, pack your bag and plan for a weekend trip to Tso Moriri Lake. An absolutely stunning and pristine lake with beautiful mountains, sunshine, and cool winds offering a spectacular view is one of the wonderful places to visit in Leh.

Tso Moriri Lake is the sister counterpart to the Tso Pangong Lake. Measuring about 28 km in length and about 100 feet in depth, the Tso Moriri Lake is located inside the Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to nomadic herders of goats, yaks and cows. It stays mostly frozen from January to March. The lake provides an eye soothing experience with an intense peace of mind and soul along with an enchanting Cockaigne.

Kargil – Among The Adventurous Places To Visit In Leh Ladakh:

A trip to Leh Ladakh is incomplete without a visit to Kargil. This is the second largest town in Ladakh, situated on the banks of Indus River. It is a transit hub with roads leading to Leh, Padum (Zanskar) and Srinagar. Also, it is a haven for adventure enthusiasts as they can enjoy sports such as trekking and mountaineering.

Best Time to visit: The summer season between May to July is the best time to visit Kargil as the temperature is cool with frigid nights.

Khardung-la pass- Highest Motorable Road In The World:

Khardungla Pass is a gateway which leads to Nubra and Shyok valleys. While this might not be a typical tourist attraction Leh Ladakh, it is definitely amongst the must visit places to visit in and around Leh Ladakh for adventure junkies. Managed by the Border Roads Organization, Kardung-la Pass is the gateway to the north and one of the most difficult yet thrilling passes to ride on.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Khardung-La pass is during the summer season, between May to September.

Spituk Gompa- Monastery At The Hill Top:

Ladakh is known as the land of the monks and monasteries. Spituk is one of the many tourist places to visit in Leh Ladakh. This is famous for its beautifully carved location at the top of a hill. The winds at the night, however, may chill you to the bones.

Hemis National Park – Best Among The Places To See In Leh Ladakh For The Nature Lovers:

Hemis National Park has the distinction of being the largest national park in South Asia. The park is protected home for endangered mammals like leopards, Asiatic ibex, Tibetan wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and the red fox. For nature lovers and bird watchers, this has to be on your list of places to see in Ladakh. Pollution free environment and noise free surroundings make bird watching a joyful experience. Your Leh sightseeing experience stays incomplete without this one in the itinerary.

Best time to visit: Between May to September

Shanti Stupa – Meditation Time:

What better place to invoke some thoughts from within than this? Located on a hill in Chanspa, Leh, the Shanti Stupa is one of the most magnificent and peaceful Buddhist monuments you could possibly see in the extreme north of India. Take the steep slights to reach the Stupa that offers beautiful sunrise and sunset views. Also, the panoramic views of the landscape around it make the Shanti Stupa one of the best tourist places in Ladakh.

Hemis Monastery:

Hemmis Monastery is known for its annual mask festival. This is a two-day spiritual celebration taking place on Tse Chu, the tenth month in Tibetan calendar. The festival is celebrated in the memory of Guru Padmasambhava, who is believed to be the Gautam Buddha’s reincarnation.

Best time to visit: This is one of the best places to visit in Ladakh in June

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