Best 11 places to visit in Ladakh

Ladakh is a region in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir  situated in the northern region of India. Ladakh is a must visit pace for any person who is a traveler, a photographer and even if you are planning a vacation. It is a place which is quoted as “HEAVEN” on earth by many people who have visited the place before. Ladakh is also called as ‘India’s Own Moonland’ or a supernatural place on earth.

It is a spectacular phenomena which consists of a rare combination of rocky, sandy as well as snowy mountain terrains. The sparkling blue water lakes also add to the beauty of the landscapes.  You can also see colorful prayer flags all around the place which adds to the flavor of culture with beauty. It is bounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. Despite of rapid increase in the number of visitors the sense of Ecological awareness is still intact in minds of the local people in Ladakh. In conclusion, right from food to culture to the natural beauty, Ladakh is probably the best place to visit.

 The Top 11 places to visit in Ladakh are :-

 

  1. Shanti Stupa

 

 

Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten) on a hilltop in Chanspa, Situated at a height of 4,267 meters (13,999 ft) in Leh district, Ladakh. This stupa was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. The Shanti Stupa holds the remains of the Buddha at its base and is protected by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. The stupa is built as a two-level structure. The first level features the central relief of Dharmacakra with deer on each side. A central golden Buddha image sits on a platform representing the “turning wheel of Dharma” (Dharmacakra). The second level has reliefs representing the “birth” of Buddha, the death of Buddha (Mahanirvana) and Buddha “defeating the devils” while meditating.

  1. Hemis Monastery

 

 

The Hemis Monastery is probably the largest monastic institution in Ladakh. Hemis has more than 200 branch monasteries in the Himalayas and more than 1,000 monks under its care. It is an important living monument and heritage of Himalayas and its people. The Hemis Festival is also celebrated at this monastery which is celebrated on the 10th day of the Tibetan lunar month.  It is a two day festival.

  1. Thiksey Monastery

 

 

Thiksey Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect, located on top of a hill, approximately 19 kilometers east of Leh. The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,800 ft) in the Indus valley. It is a 12-storey complex with houses. Many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya (future Buddha). A 15 meters (49 ft) high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two storeys of the building is also deified in the monastery.

  1. The Hall of Fame

 

 

Hall of fame is a museum constructed and maintained by the Indian army in memory of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the Indo-Pak wars. It is also said to be the memorial for the war heroes. It is a two storied building which consists of information about the soldiers as well as war artifacts.

  1. Sindhu Ghat

 

 

Sindhu Ghat is situated at 10 km from the Indus River from Leh near the Shey. It is a peaceful river bank. The Sindhu ( Indus ) river originates near Mansarovar lake and Mt.Kailash in Tibet which enters into India and flows through the Leh Valley and the enters into Pakistan. Sindhu is Sanskrit word and its translation is ” Large water Body” .

  1. Chang La Pass

 

 

Chang La Pass (5,360 m or 17,590 ft) is a high mountain pass in Ladakh, India. It is the third highest motorable road in the world. The Chang La is on the route to Pangong Lake from Leh. The name literally means “Pass towards the South” or “Pass in the South” (Chang = south, La = Pass).

  1. Pangong Lake

 

 

Pangong tso Tibetan for “long, narrow, enchanted lake”, also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km long and extends from India to Tibet. 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. Furthermore, the lake is 5 km wide at its broadest point. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. Bollywood films like 3 Idiots and Jab Tak Hai Jaan have also been shot near this lake.

  1. Khardung La Pass

 

 

Khardung La Pass is a high mountain pass located in Ladakh region. The pass on the Ladakh Range lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. Local summit signs claim that its elevation is 5,602 m (18,379 ft) meters high and that it is the world’s highest motorable pass. These claims are disputed by multiple modern measurements, which all agree that it’s true height is much nearer to the 5,359 m (17,582 ft) measured using DGPS and imply that there are several higher motorable passes.

  1. Nubra Valley

 

 

Nubra is a tri-armed valley is located to the north east of Ladakh valley. It is a high altitude cold desert with rare precipitation and insufficient vegetation. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town. Diskit is Nubra Valleys’s most popular hub which is like a mid grown village. There are a lot of  prayer halls on its way to the Nubra Valley.

  1. Diskit Monastery

 

 

The Diskit Monastery also known as Diskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley. The monastery has statue of 32 Meter Maitreya Buddha in the prayer hall, a huge drum and several images of fierce guardian statues. It faces towards Pakistan as a symbol of peace.

  1. Magnetic Hill

 

 

Magnetic hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India. This hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill. This hill can also force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference. In conclusion we can say that it is the phenomenal that defies gravity. Some people even call it an illusion. They say it is a slope that does not look like a slope due to the positioning of the mountains but nothing has been proven yet.

 

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