Best Places To Visit In Ladakh
Kargil is the second largest town in Ladakh. The town is a valley surrounded by mountain on all sides. There is not much to see in Kargil but it has an old world charm. There are many places to explore around Kargil.
3. Pangong Lake:
4. Lamayuru Village and Monastery:
5. Tsomoriri Lake:
6. Sand Dunes at Hunder:
7. Khartungla Pass:
8. Gompas and Stupas:
Literally there are forests of gompas everywhere in Ladakh. Sometimes you would see stupas even at the most unexpected places. These religious monuments are an integral part of the land. They are as old as their civilization and have experienced the test of time. These holy structures against the desolate landscapes add dimension and certain mysticism to the region.
9. Vast open space and mountains:
This may come as a surprise but you’ve to cover around 500 km from Manali to reach Leh and this road is a quite an experience for bikers. The diverse landscapes are just amazing to watch. After a hundred kilometers or so from Manali, the conditions became too harsh for habitation. So there’s a vast stretch of mountains unoccupied. It was a relieving sight to me after the suffocating and overburdened plains of Central and North India. There are no inhabitants for some 300 km or so. It is just you and the road.
Zanskar is a sub-district of Kargil and one of the most remote parts of Ladakh. It is also the least visited place in Ladakh. In winter Zanskar is accessible only by foot through a frozen river. The remoteness has preserved its old traditions and so far kept them authentic and unadulterated. Residents of Zanskar are colourful people, rich in tradition and culture. You wouldn’t see such people in other parts of Ladakh. Padum is the largest town but have a meager population of around 700 inhabitants. The rest are distributed in small villages and on highlands. They keep cattle and sometimes live a semi-nomadic life especially during summer. Note: Both Indian and Foreign tourist are required to carry tourist permit while travelling to Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri, Nubra Valley and other destination bordering Tibet. The permit is valid for 7 days and can be acquired from any travel agency in Leh.