Ladakh is popular for its unique culture and jaw-dropping landscapes. The snow-capped high peaks, cold deserts, and gigantic glaciers define the topography of the region and besides this, there are some beautiful lakes & rivers that captivate the visitors and offer a number of opportunities for rafting. Besides mesmerizing sightseeing views, Ladakh offers numerous tourist attractions and activities to ensure a joyful and adventure-packed trip to Ladakh. Take a glimpse at some of the top things to do in Ladakh, that you can definitely not afford to miss.
Top 10 things to do in Ladakh
1. Pangong Lake
Pangong Lake is the highest saltwater lake at a height of approximately 4350 meters above sea level. The journey takes around approximately five hours to the lake from Leh and is indeed an experience of a lifetime. The crystal clear waters of the lake are without any doubt a popular breeding ground for several birds and make for a gorgeous experience.
2. Diskit Monastery
Diskit Monastery is one of the most popular monasteries in Ladakh that is located at a height of 10,315 ft. above sea level. The monastery is famous for the enormous Maitreya Buddha statue.
3. Royal Leh Palace
Experience the breathtaking views of the entire Ladakh from the top of this nine-storey palace and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of Ladakh in the museum that is located within the palace and besides this, you can also view the Indus Valley and Zaskar range that surrounds the palace. Also, there are several ancient artefacts and paintings that have been preserved in the palace for visitors to enjoy.
4. Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley is a cold dry region where people go to see the Nubra River i.e the centre of attraction there. The valley gets filled with apricot trees, during the months of April to August and that is indeed a sight to behold.
5. Drass Valley
If you wish to experience Ladakh’s bitterly cold weather conditions, then you should visit the Drass Valley where the temperature can drop as low as -40 degrees Celsius. Also, it is the second coldest place on earth that is inhabited and is covered in snow throughout the year.
6. Indus and Zanskar River Sangam
Located in the west of Leh, the confluence of the muddy Zanskar waters and the vibrant green waters of Indus is a magnificent view.
7. Tsomoriri Lake
Rich in fauna and flora, Tsomoriri Lake is home to multiple varieties of bird species as well as you can also see snow leopard and Tibetan wolf.
8. Khardung La
This is the world’s highest motorable pass and indeed offers amazing views.
You cannot afford to miss the famous Tibetan cuisine like dumplings, pava, thukpa, khambish and more when in Ladakh.
10. Adventure Sports
Intense treks, rock climbings, mountaineering, cycling, river rafting and more – Ladakh has a lot to offer when it comes to adventure activities.
The above discussed are some of the top 10 things that every adventure lover or tourist should try when in Ladakh without fail.