Ladakh has earned its place on the top of many travel enthusiasts’ dream destination bucket list. The pristine natural beauty of Ladakh acts as a magnet for all nature lovers around the world. The amazing winding roads against the majestic snow-capped mountains attract bike riders from all over the world. The stunning landscapes, beautiful valleys, and enchanting lakes offer great scenery to enjoy.
Family vacationer or adventure seeker, this place attracts everyone. Don’t just visit this place as a tourist, but explore Ladakh as an expedition. Leh Ladakh Bike Trip.
- Pangong Lake
- Nubra Valley
- Shyok River
- Zanskar Valley
- Tso Kar lake
- Khardung-La Pass
- Magnetic Hill
- Shanti Stupa
- Leh Palace
- Hemis National Park
- Lamayuru – Moonland
- Tsomo Riri Lake
1. Pangong Lake
Pangong Lake which was in the news lately (for Indo-China border conflicts) is among the most popular tourist places in Ladakh. It’s around six hours drive from Leh. The Pangong lake is famous for its color-changing effects. It changes its color from blue to green and gray. Due to its altitude, this saline body of water has a temperature ranging from -25°C to 15°C and freezes in winter. Night camping at Pangong Lake is very famous. Although camping near Pangong is prohibited for now but it is expected to open for camping in summer.
An inner-line-permit is required to visit this enchanting lake, as it falls on the Line of Actual control at the Indo-China border. An inner-line-permit can be obtained from the DC office, Leh. Also, you can apply for it online and then verify it in Leh at DC Office.
2. Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley is famous for double-humped camel safari on Hunder sand dunes. The unique and amazing landscapes of Nubra is very impressive. Nubra is also the gateway to the Siachen glacier. The best time to visit Nubra is from May to September. It takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach Nubra. Night camping at Nubra valley is preferred by tourists. If you plan to visit Nubra valley, don’t forget to put Turtuk village on your bucket list too. Turtuk village was open for tourists in 2010. It’s very beautiful and well-liked by tourists. Other places to visit in Nubra valley are Diskit monastery which is famous among foreign visitors and hot spring of Panamik village.
An inner-line-permit is required to visit the beautiful valley of Nubra, as it falls on the Line of Actual control at the Indo-China border. An inner-line-permit can be obtained from the DC office, Leh. Also, you can apply for it online and then verify it in Leh at DC Office.
3. Shyok River
The Shyok River is located on the north side of Leh. It is around 150km far from Leh and takes around 6 hours to arrive. The Shyok river merges with the Siachen River and forms a larger valley. The lush green view of summer makes this place looks amazing and In winter when the greenery disappears from it looks like a desert.
4. Zanskar Valley
The great mountains of Zanskar make it a great place for trekking. Trekking like Lamayuru to Darcha and Lamayuru to Padum is very popular among trekking lovers. Zanskar is at an altitude of around 13k feet which attracts tourists to enjoy the scenery of stunning landscapes and snow-capped mountains. During the month of January and February, a lot of tourists travel Ladakh for Chadar Trekking in Zanskar. The walk on the frozen river and camping in extreme freezing weather makes this trekking thrilling but challenging.
Famous monasteries like Zongla, Strongdey, and Zongkhul are well crowded with tourists in summer. The best time to visit Zanskar is June to September.
5. Khardung-La Pass
Recently known as the highest motorable pass, KhardungLa Pass is at an elevation of around 18k feet high. It is also known as the gateway to Nubra Valley. It is around one hour (40km) away from Main Leh city. Driving on the winding roads of Khardungla Pass would make your trip amazing.
Kargil is the second district after Leh. The beautiful villages of Kargil are becoming popular among tourists. Kargil came on the radar of tourists after the Indo-Pak war of 1999. A lot of movies and documentaries have been shot in Kargil making it a famous tourist visiting spot of Ladakh.
Kargil is situated around the banks of the Indus River. It is at an elevation of 2700 meters high.
The best time to visit Kargil is April to October. It’s around 5 to 6 hours drive from Leh to reach Kargil and from Srinagar, it would take around 7 to 8 hours to Kargil.
7. Magnetic Hill
Magnetic hill is a popular tourist attraction of Leh. It is situated on the NH1 highway of Leh to Srinagar. It is around 30 km far from Leh. It is a small part of the road that has a myth to overcome the phenomenon of gravity.
Villagers living around this place believe that it was once a road to heaven for people. Those who deserve it will be taken directly into the road, and those who are not worth it will not get there.
The logical theory claims that the strong magnetic force from the mountain pulls the moving vehicles into their range. This bizarre incident on the Leh-Kargil highway has been tested and witnessed by travelers all over the world. In fact, the notorious hills caused the Indian Air Force’s aircraft to change course in the past to avoid electromagnetic interference.
There is another theory that is widely accepted and known as an optical illusion theory. As per this theory, the optical illusion makes this road appear to be a ramp. Therefore, when you see a vehicle going uphill, it might be actually going downhill.
8. Shanti Stupa
Shanti Stupa, also known as Japani Gompa locally is a wonderful white-domed Buddhist monument. This temple sits on the top of a steep mountain at an elevation of around 12k feet. This is a Buddhist religious site that contains the Buddha’s relics dedicated to the 14th Dalai Lama. This place offers great scenery of Leh town and tourists, as well as locals, visit this place to enjoy the stunning view of the city from above. Shanti Stupa looks amazing under the natural light of the moonlight on a full moon night.
9. Leh Palace
When you arrive at Leh city you would notice the giant Leh palace hugging the Tsemo Hill of Leh. It was built by Tsewang Namgyal in the 16th century but not completed. Later it was completed by Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. With 9 storeys, Leh palace was the biggest building during its own time with a majestic look situated above the mountain. You can enjoy a top view of the whole city from the Palace.
10. Hemis National Park
Home to a wide species of birds and snow leopards, Hemis national part is the second largest wildlife protected area in India. Visit this place in Jeep (jeep safari) for a better view of the park and the animals in it.
Lamayuru is around 125 km far from Leh and takes around 3 hours to arrive. Foreigners like to visit the monasteries of Lamayuru. It is famous for its monastery and “lunar” landscape-revered as a “Moon Land of Ladakh” for tourists. Lamayuru looks like a cave monastery with a lunar landscape. Lamayuru consists of 5 buildings, which are now in ruins.
12. Tso-Moriri Lake
The sparkling blue waters of Tso-Moriri lake and the calm surroundings with the snow-capped mountains in the background make this place a favorite tourist destination. It is known as the largest high-altitude lake in India. Because of road blockades, this lake is only accessible in summer. So, the best time to visit Tsomoriri lake is from May to September.