How about visiting your “dream destination”? Snow-capped peaks? A clear blue sky? Green and blue water bodies? High mountain ranges? Colorful landscape? Pristine rivers and the Pristine environment? All of these come together in the barren yet beautiful high-altitude Indian region of Ladakh.
Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is a paradise for adventure lovers and a driving trip to Leh Ladakh is one of the biggest dreams of every traveler. The pleasant cold desert is finally opening itself up to people who’re ready to explore the heavenly place. In case, this road trip has been on your to-do list, and you’re finally doing it, here is a list of places that you must visit.
Popular Places in Leh Ladakh
- Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley lies about 150 km north of Leh where the rivers, Shyok and Siachan, meet from a large valley. This valley separates the Ladakh from the Karakoram Ranges and the famous Siachen Glacier lies to the north of the valley.
Nubra valley has a lot to offer and is a must-visit place for everyone who travels to Leh. It has been even identified as a tourism circuit by the local administration of Leh district. Nubra Valley is also called ‘ the Orchard of Ladakh’ as it has a mild climate and rich vegetation and Trekking in Nubra Valley at an altitude of around 10,000 ft above sea level will leave you awestruck.
- Pangong Tso
Pangong Tso Lake in the Changthang region is one of the most famous lakes in Ladakh.
It has emerged to be one of the most wanted places to visit. This saltwater, the beautiful ocean-like lake is about 5 KM wide at its broadest point and about 134 KM long with about 60% of the length extending into Tibet.
Pangong in Tibetan stands for “long, narrow, enchanted lake”. During winters the lake freezes completely, which itself is a great experience to witness. So, this one surely is not the place you would like to exclude from your Ladakh Tour plan.
- Tso Moriri
Tsomoriri or Lake Moriri is at an altitude of 4,595 m (15,075 ft); it is the largest of the high altitude lakes in the Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region, entirely within India. The lake sits between Ladakh, India to the North, Tibet to the east, and Zanskar to the west.
It has been declared as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 2003. It is fed by two streams and springs. 7 kilometers wide and 19 kilometers long, this beautiful blue lake plays host to numerous flora and fauna. Adjacent to this lake is a picturesque village known as Korzok, which is a popular tourist attraction due to its Buddhist monastery.
Camping is the best way of enjoying the wonders of nature given to the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway.
Sarchu (also known as Sir Bhum Chun) is an overnight stopover with tented accommodation in the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway, on the boundary between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir) in India. It is situated between Baralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at an altitude of 4,290 m.