10 Places to Visit in Ladakh

Ladakh is situated in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and is located at the northernmost part of the country. Ladakh in the recent years has become a tourist destination, especially for nature lovers since it is exceptionally rich in scenic beauty. One of the reasons for such picturesque splendor is its location, since it is located between two of the greatest mountain ranges- the Himalaya in its south and the Karakoram Range in its north. Apart from thrill seekers who like adventure sports, it is also unique because of Tibetian-Buddhist culture that has been preserved very well over the years. Some of the places to visit are listed below.

Leh Palace

It is situated in the city of Leh, and was built in the 17th century by Sengge Namgyal, who fashioned the palace on the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Even though it was later abandoned in the mid 19th century, the ruin still stands and is a major attraction for history buffs.

Shanti Stupa

The Stupa is located in the city of Leh, and is a white domed structure, attributed to Lord Buddha. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist monks and the base of the stupa is known to contain relics of Buddha and was enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama.

Hemis Monastery

A very famous monastery in Ladakh is this one and it was built in the 17th century. It has extremely rare books in its library, even those which were believed to be lost. It is also famous for the Hemis festival that is dedicated to a reincarnation of Buddha.

Markha Valley

It is a paradise for those who loves trekking, and is situated Markha River, and is a very popular trekking trail.

Zanskar

It is mainly known for its scenic and breathtaking beauty and is a popular trekking and camping area in Ladakh. There are other attractions – Mani Walls, and Phugtal Monastery.

Pangong Lake

This lake is situated at a height of 14000ft and is known for crystal blue color. It is a dead salt lake, and there is no vegetation around but you should visit just in the peaceful surroundings.

Nubra Valley

It is situated at a height of 10, 000 feet and the journey itself in the valley is a feast for your eyes. The landscape mainly includes naked mountains and lakes and rivers, but the level of serenity that comes within yourself is simply a once in a lifetime experience.

Dras

It has become a place of importance after the 1999 war and you can visit the war memorial and the gallery. Also Mushko valley is famous for a wide range of wild flowers.

Stok Monastery

It is located 15km from the main of the city and can be easily reached because of the facilities of wynajem samochodów (car rental) in the city. It is a Buddhist monastery and was founded in the 14th century and houses several rare volumes of Buddhist texts.

Sani Monastery

It is famous as it is the only one that has nuns. It is known for its texts and artwork inside.

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