Top 10 Places To Visit in Leh Ladakh

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Here is a List of RLT’s Top 10 Places to Visit in Leh Ladakh.

1) Pangong Tso

A “Long, narrow, enchanted lake”, Pangong Tso is a mirror to the myriad beauty of Ladakh, and truly deserves to be on top of your Ladakh tour itinerary. Situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft), it is 134 km (83 mi) long and about 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. The lake extends till Tibet with only 40% of its length lying in India.

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Pangong Tso, Photo Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dayou1975/

In the winters, the lake freezes completely. The lake is home to a variety of migratory birds, ducks, gulls, and wildlife including the Kiang and the Marmot. The marshes around the lake also support some species of scrub and perennial herbs. However it said to harbor almost no aquatic life, except for some small crustaceans. You can spend a whole day here, and never get bored. The calmness of the lake, its purity combined with its constant flux of life and changing colors will keep you mesmerized.

 

2) Alchi

Situated in the scenic Leh, the Alchi monastery stands in isolation from all the settlements – sole historical witness to the reign of the ancient kings of Kashmir, holding within itself paintings and murals of a bygone era.

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Alchi Monastery, Photo Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aayush/

Built in the 10th century, there is a very identifiable Indian touch in the frescoes and murals of this monastery since most of the artists were employed from Kashmir who added a touch of India in the paintings. The exquisitely painted ‘Green Tara’ and ‘Wheel of Life’ are surprisingly well preserved even after so many centuries. The monastery comprises of three major shrines, one of them being the Dukhang which is the oldest temple in the monastery having an elaborate wooden gateway with tiny Bodhisattvas. It is an interesting monument for archaeologists as well as tourists. If you are an art enthusiast, plan a visit to this historical site on your tour to Leh.

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3) Uleytokpo

Situated more than 3000m above the sea level, the small Uleytokpo village is famous for its apricot orchards. During spring and summer you can see bunches of apricot swinging from the feeble branches of the trees. While the Indus River twists and turns in this cold desert, the barren landscape of the place enchants and amazes you. As not many tourists visit this area you get the feeling of being the only one charting the dirt roads of this Nubra valley. With the star embedded skies wide open in the night, you can escape into a dream-like beauty of a bygone era.A place not yet homogenized by globalization or overcrowded by modernization, the barren landscape of the place will never cease to enchant you.

4) Leh

Leh is the most looming landscape in all of Ladakh with its majestic mountains arranged by nature in a dignified stance. At an altitude of 3,500m, Leh has many trekking trails, historical monasteries and architectural wonders.

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Leh City

Visit the royal Stok Palace, about 17km away from Leh where you will get a glimpse into the the royal family of Ladakh. It is also a museum that houses a big collection of thangkas, old weapons, coins, seals, antique items used in religious rituals and royal ornaments. The main object of attraction here is the ‘perak’ or the queen’s head dress studded with turquoise, emerald and other semi precious stones.The Leh Palace, a dominating noble ruin studs the Leh landscape. Built as a royal residence for King Singe Namgyal in the 17th century, the monument gives a glimpse into the history of Leh. Another historical site which adorns the landscape is the Alchi monastery which contains some of the finest samples of exquisite paintings, frescoes and murals. You can also visit the Shanti Stupa and meditate for a while. A bag of wonderful surprises; needless to say, a trip to Ladakh is incomplete without halting for a while at its most famous destination, Leh.

5) Nubra Valley

A tour to Ladakh is a tour to the coldest desert of the world. Here you will witness a rare mingling of various forces of nature, which cannot be afforded to miss. One such place in Ladakh which provides such rare sights is the cold Nubra Valley.

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Nubra Valley, Photo Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashugarg/

This valley has an average elevation of around 3000m. Because of scarcity of rain fall, the land here is barren and desert like. The two main villages of this valley are Hundar and Diskit. Diskit is the main headquarter of this valley – it includes important government offices and basic facilities for its people. It is the main village of the valley, being the most populated. It lies on the Shyok River (another tributary of the Indus). It is also home to the oldest and the largest monastery of the valley – the Diskit Gompa. The other village, Hundar, is home to the Chamba Gompa. This Monastery has some of the most spectacular murals to be found in Ladakh. It also provides an excellent view of the valley below.
Between these two villages there are several kilometers of sand dunes. Here you can see sand dunes and tall snowy massifs at the same time. A co-existence of two disparate entities, this is one of the rarest of rare natural wonders found on Earth. You will also chance upon double humped Bactrian camels in this area.

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6) Tso Moriri

Tso Moriri is a brackish water lake around 250km from Leh at an altitude of 4595m. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Ladakh, easily accessible by foot or private vehicles.

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Tso Moriri, Photo Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kshathriya/

Its crystal clear water ripples in the sunlight while the distant mountain peaks gaze down curiously. The small waves created by wind crash at the shore. The glamour of the lake increases manifold by the orange light of the setting sun. Camping at the shore of the lake can be easily termed as one of the best holiday experience in one’s life.The lake derives its name from Tso kar, meaning salt lake in local language and as the name suggests, it has been a source of salt for the local population for centuries.  Tso Moriri’s spring fed bright blue water, surrounding snow capped mountains, and a secluded picturesque landscape offers one of the most scenic camping destinations in all of Ladakh.  Few places on earth rival Tso Moriri’s Lake for unspoiled beauty. The serenity of the lovely setting flanked by lofty mountains attracts a range of wildlife, including migratory birds and rarely spotted animals.

7) Lamayuru

A small village situated in western Ladakh at an altitude of 3500m, the landscape of Lamayuru is different from any place you have ever encountered. There are sediment rock formations in different shapes which give a cratered look to the land here and hence this place is also called ‘moon land’.

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Lamayuru, Photo Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dayou1975/

Legend has it that at the time of the Historical Buddha, Lamayuru was a clear lake where nagas (holy serpents) lived. Centuries later, a Buddhist yogi Mahasiddha Naropa caused a split in the surrounding hillside and the lake emptied through the opening creating a magnificent structure of sedimentary rocks. Geologists on the other hand, insist that the landscape is a result of erosion of lake-bed deposits of a glacial lake that once existed here. Whatever may be the reason of formation, this strange landscape invokes the feeling of being on another planet. Adding to this already dramatic setting is a perilously placed monastery, Lomayuru Gompa which is under the Red-Hat (‘Zhawa-mer’) sect of Buddhism and inhabits around 150 Buddhist monks. With magnificent caves carved out of mountains and a number of beautiful shrines, the Lamayuru monastery boasts a rich collection of wall paintings.

8) Rupshu

The Rupshu region at an elevation of around 4200m is a part of the Changthang high altitude plateau that extends from southeastern Ladakh to northern Tibet. The nomadic Changpa tribe roams in this exotic land of giant peaks, placid lakes and verdant meadows. These are hardy people with very little earthly possessions like their yak wool tent called ‘rebu’ and their livestock mainly constituting of pashmina goats. In an environment that excludes basic means of acquiring food, the Changpas are forced to keep on moving through the land for their survival. Observing human race in a constant state of struggle and coexistence with nature is the essence of nomadic life which can be experienced at Rushpu. With rich cultural and religious traditions these people still retain their unique primordial qualities. You can camp under the starry sky alongside the Changpa tents and experience their pastoral life style.

9) Rangdum

The Rangdum plain at a height of 3657m from sea level is one of the most remote and yet most enchanting places in Ladakh. This valley is in the middle of a 245km biking trail on the way from Kargil to Padum.

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Rangdum Wikipedia

The valley is scarcely inhabited and is therefore quite untouched by human activities. The environment here is rather harsh, surrounded by rocky mountains and glaciers. The most striking feature of this place is its indigenous wild horse. You can spot many of these horses grazing languidly in the vast grassland or roaming on the road itself. This is a rare sight in India. The presence of these magnificent wild beasts along with the begirding mountains in varied colors gives this place a surreal feeling that must be experienced to be believed. The place is also known for its 18th century Tibetan Monastery – Rangdum Gompa. The valley enjoys a very brief summer, so plan your Ladakh tour accordingly.

10) Dah & Hanu

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Drokpas (Aryans) of Dah & Hanu

Situated about 163 km northwest of Leh, the Dah & Hanu valley is home to about five small villages. However, only two villages are open to tourists – Dah & Hanu. Considerably warmer than Leh because of its low altitude, this place should never be overlooked if you want a cultural tour of Ladakh. It is home to one of the most distinct tribes of India – the Drokpas who consider themselves to be of Aryan lineage. It is said that their forefathers came to India with Alexander and settled in this valley. When you meet these people the first thing that catches your imagination is the elaborate head dress of Drokpa women made from fresh flower. They deck up in colorful dresses and elaborate accessories. Their physical features, customs, religious practices differ from the rest of the community of Ladakh who are predominantly Tibeto-Mongol.

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