Top 13 attractions to explore in Ladakh
Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. Most of it lies in the Himalayan mountain ranges, at an average height of 3,000 meters. One of the sparsely populated regions in India
Evoking a feeling of nationalism and patriotism at one glance, Kargil war memorial is a must visit attraction in Kargil. The memorial is built to honor the soldiers who fought bravely in the Kargil war against Pakistan. At the memorial house, one can see picture description of the major event that took place during the war and army personals who lost their lives. Additionally, the memorial has Sandstone wall where the name of all the soldiers who are inscribed.
Khardung la located in the Indian union territory of Ladakh, is undoubtedly one of the monumental mountain passes all over the world though its exact elevation is still a controversy. The mountain pass not just serves as the gateway to the remote Nubra and Shyok valleys but also offers astonishing views of the twisting roads up the mountain and the awesome valley.
Nubra valley (valley of flowers) located to the north east of Ladakh valley is a high altitude (3048m above sea level) cold dessert. The valley was once part of the historic Silk route which connected once connect south to central Asia. It's now predominantly a sensitive military zone as it shares boundaries with Pakistan and China.
Nubra Valley lies in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The valley has Shyok and Nubra river snaking through it and some beautiful monasteries. With arid mountains in the backdrop, Nubra Velly is famous for the Bactrian camel rides.
Situated at a height of about 4,350 m, this saline water lake is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to the Tibetan Autonomous Region, China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 square kilometers.
The Monastery consisted originally of five buildings, some remains of the four corner buildings can still be seen. Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest monasteries in Ladakh, with a population of around 150 permanent monks residing. It has, in the past, housed up to 400 monks, many of which are now monasteries in gompas in surrounding villages.
Also known as the Mountain Lake, Tso Moriri is one of the two most popular lakes in the Ladakh region of the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. While Pangong Tso is the more popular out of the two, it’s Tso Moriri which manages to take the breath away of the visitors with its tranquil beauty.
Map of attractions in Ladakh