Ladakh is one of ten provinces in Jammu and Kashmir, which also happens to cover the largest area. It is surrounded by the Karakoram Mountains in the north and the Himalayas in the south, making Liehladakh one of the best tourist destinations. Ladakh covers an area of about 59,000 square kilometers and consists of two administrative districts, Leh and Kargil.
Top tourist attractions in Leyladakh:
Basgo is located 80 kilometers west of Leh. It used to be the capital of Ladakh in the United Kingdom of Leh. The World Heritage site has recently been dusted, but then with the help of UNESCO and the Basgow Welfare Council, the place has been restored to its old heritage compound. This place is one of the important highlights of the Indus Valley.
2. Hermes Abbey:
This is one of many interesting tourist attractions in Ladakh. Hemis Monastery is the largest monastery you will encounter in Ladakh. It is famous for the huge Buddha statue that is displayed to the public every 11 years. At that time it became a very crowded tourist place as people flew here from all over the world just to get a glimpse of it.
Dras is about 60 kilometers west of Kargil when you are on your way to Srinagar. This is a small town in the heart of the Dellas Valley. Deras is the first village after the Zojila Pass. It is known for being the second coldest inhabited place in the world due to extremely cold and snowy winters. Temperatures are known to drop to minus 50 degrees during this time.
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4. Nubra Valley:
The Nubra Valley is beautiful because of its beautiful scenery. It takes you back to an almost forgotten “Shangri-La” that was once an important trade route that brought eastern Tibet to Turkestan via the Karakoram Pass. The valley is now famous for tourists who come here for some time of adventure and enjoyment.
5. Pangong Lake:
Pangong Lake is located east of Leh, with an altitude of 4242 meters. The lake is the largest in the Himalayas, about 130 kilometers long and 2 to 6 kilometers wide. India has only a quarter of the lakes, the rest belongs to Tibet.
6. Korzok Village:
The word Korzok means the center of the mountain or the center of the body. Compared to the rest of Ladakh, this is a very large village. It is located around Lake Tsomoririr and is an important tourist attraction for tourists to the lake. The village includes about 45 houses, all located about 40m above the lake. You may not get the best facilities, but you will see a different lifestyle and enjoy something out of the box.
7. Spituk Monastery:
Spituk Temple is about 10 kilometers from Kargil Road in Leh. It is located on top of a hill overlooking the Indus River. Not only is the monastery famous for its precious “thankhas”, but it also has a room with a kali statue, which is only open to people once a year. The room also includes an ancient mask collection.
8. Sanshi Danling Temple:
Samtanling Gompa is located in the relatively large village of Sumur. It is one of the must-visit places in Ladakh and houses a large collection of deities and murals, as well as painted and embroidered scrolls known as thangkas. Sumur provides you with basic holiday accommodation. Spend a few days in this snuggly village and experience a quiet time.
9. Snow Palace:
Shey Palace is about 15 km from Leh. Here is the throne of the king of Ladakh, famous for the only three-tiered Buddha statue of Sakyamuni found in the region.
10. Stoke Palace and Museum:
Stoke Palace was built in the 19th century when Ladakh lost to Zorawar Singh. The museum has a collection of royal dresses, thanksas, thrones on which the king sits, and more.
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Leh is the capital of Ladakh, located in the Indus Valley. There are many places to visit here, including Leh Palace built in the 17th century, Singee Palace. Shanti Stupa or Japanese Stupa is located on a hilltop above Leh. There is a museum built by the Indian Army with major information about the Kargil Wars. Leh also gives you the chance to spend some city life in this remote location, within the town area you can enjoy the more developed side of Ladakh.
12. Lake Somoriri:
Lake Tsomoirri is about 28 kilometers long and 5 to 8 kilometers wide, located 240 kilometers southeast of Leh. The lake water is not drinkable, even if it is not a lagoon. You can hike around the lake or spend some quiet time with your friends and family in the peaceful surroundings.
13. Likiel Abbey:
About 52 kilometers from Leh, Likir Monastery is famous for its Klu-Kkhjil (Water Spirit) built in the 11th century AD. It was rededicated to another monastic order (yellow sect) in the 15th century. The former monastery was destroyed in the fire.
14. Disk Village:
Diskit Village is famous for its apricot orchards. It is one of the larger villages in the area, with the 350-year-old Diskit Gompa, the oldest and largest monastery here.
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15. Thiksey Abbey:
The Thiksey Monastery near Leh is known to amaze visitors with its beautiful architectural design. There is a two-story Maitreya Buddha statue in the monastery. Sitting on a lotus, the monastery allows us to enjoy a magnificent view of the valley. There are morning prayers before sunrise, and visitors are welcome to attend. There are many handwritten and painted books dedicated to Goddess Tara. You may also see small shrines including Cham Sing, the patron saint of Thiksey.