Places To Visit Leh Ladakh With 15 Secret Places (Guide)

places to visit leh ladakh

Searching for places to plan your next holiday getaway is such a chicken and egg thing, right? There’s so much to see but so less time and when there’s time you don’t know what to do. But this time why not visit the famous Leh Ladakh in Indus Valley, a place you’ve always wanted to see and had been planning to visit. Further to help you with your planning process on your ladakh holiday, we have come up with a list of 61 places to visit Leh Ladakh.  You will also get to know about 15 super secret places to visit in Ladakh which we recommend in everyone’s itinerary.

There is a common question amongst tourists that where is Leh Ladakh? Leh is actually the joint capital of the Union Territory of Ladakh, which is the name of the region. It has been a dream for all of us to travel to Ladakh on a bike with our friends. Or if you’re a fan of solo traveling, Leh Ladakh trip offers you the best hospitality along with its numerous attractions.

A place so quiet yet you feel the beauty of it in the prayers of monasteries and stillness of the mountains. Visiting Leh-Ladakh for your next weekend getaway wouldn’t just expose you to the immaculate environment but the pristine beauty that it carries in the air. It is a must-visit during April and September. The Barren Mountains, high altitude passes, and diverse landscapes are a center of attraction. One just cannot think of a Leh Ladakh trip without Biking Expeditions or Adventure sports. These landscapes offer a next-level thrill to these.

You can never be satisfied during traveling unless you see every corner of the place you’re visiting. So, here are the places to visit Leh Ladakh which is enough to satisfy the Kabir Thapar in you from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

We conduct tours at all the places listed and will be happy to provide customised Ladakh tour package for your specific needs.

Leh Local Sightseeing Places To Visit Leh Ladakh

Around Leh city

  1. Leh Palace

The majestic mansion was home to the former royal family of Leh.  It represents the glory of the royal architecture as it resembles the essence of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. You will witness panoramic views of the entire Leh town.  Not to forget the views of Stok Kangri and Zanskar mountains from the palace windows along with captivating moments of sunrise and sunsets.

Distance from Leh centre – 1 km

Altitude – 3540m (11614 ft.)

Permit required – No.

Average cost of travel in INR – 300 from taxi.

Where to Stay – Zostel Leh, Rainbow Guest House, Bikamp Leh, Hidden Trailz Camp Leh Ladakh.

Where to Eat – Punjabi Tadka Veg Restaurant, the Turnip, and Local Cuisine.

What to Do – Witness the panoramic view of Stok Kangri.

Any Other Tips for Travel – To witness peace switch off your phones and embrace the quietude of the serene environment that surrounds the area.

How to Reach – It is 5 km from Leh Airport. You can also walk through Leh market to reach. To arrive here, you’ll have to walk through the old town or hire a taxi.

  1. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

A monastery a day and still you won’t be able to visit all of them in your short span of getaway. So, why not visit the ones that hold utmost importance and give you a beautiful view of the landscape that surrounds them. Well, Namgyal Monastery is one of them. Submerge yourself in the steep mountains and the spiritual waves that are released by the guardian deities nested in the monastery. It was built by King Sengge Namgyal.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 8 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3640 metres (11942 ft.)

Permit required – No

Average cost of travel in INR – 370 from taxi.

Where to Stay – Hotel Jan, Hotel Royal Ladakh, and Hotel Singge

Where to Eat – Lamayuru Restaurant, Bon Appetite, and Coffee Tree Café

What to Do – The monks from Shankar come to Namgyal Gompa to worship the guardian idol and light butter lamps all around which is a beautiful sight to witness.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Get yourself some durable trekking shoes for you’ll have to climb the hill.

How to Reach – You can choose to climb the hill to reach the monastery. All you need is a bottle of water, some food, and good shoes. Anyways you can take a cab to reach the foothills where the trekking starts.

  1. Shanti Stupa

A place to invoke positivity and inner peace, Shanti Stupa offers a panoramic view of the vibrant city of Leh as it overlooks the Leh palace. It was constructed in 1991 by Japanese Buddhists, Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. it was meant to mark the completion of 2500 years of Buddhism and spread world peace.

It is also a part of the peace pagoda mission aiming to spread peace through the teachings of Buddha. The ever so beautiful Himalayan ranges provide a perfect backdrop and leave you with a stunning and enthralling view. This is also a perfect place to see amazing sunsets and Khardung La. Do give a visit here if you’re traveling to Leh. Shanti Stupa is one of the recommended highly places to visit Leh Ladakh.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 4.9 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3610 metres (11,841 ft.)

Permit required – No

Average cost of travel in INR – 340 by taxi.

Where to Stay – Hotel Shanti Nest, Hotel Ladakh Palace, Oriental Hotel and Guest House

Where to Eat – Hoppipolar, Yama Coffee House, and G Kitchen

What to Do – The beauty of the Shanti Stupa is seen at night when it is naturally illuminated in the moonlight.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Visit in evening during sunset.

How to Reach – The Stupa can be reached by a drivable road or on foot using a series of 500 steep steps to the hilltop.

  1. Hall of Fame

We all have heard stories of martyrs who lost their lives while protecting the nation. The hall of fame is a museum dedicated to them. It has pictures from the Kargil War which are enough to narrate the brave stories without saying a word. A wall named ‘Lest We Forget’ is built inside the museum which has photographs of the soldiers who laid down their lives for the nation.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 4.2 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3340m (10958 ft)

Permit required – No

Average cost of travel in INR – 400 by taxi.

Where to Stay – Spice and Span Hotel, Hotel Tsokar Retreat, Hotel Lingzi

Where to Eat – Local Cuisine Restaurant, Punjabi Dhaba, Café TBQ

What to Do – The ground floor of the museum has a projector room where you can watch the documentary on ‘Operation Vijay’.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Fill yourself with overwhelming stories of martyrdom.

How to Reach – Hall of Fame museum is located on the Leh-Srinagar road about 4 km away from city. From the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, it is located at a distance of 2.1 km.

  1. Spituk Gompa

Another day, another monastery, but this is the one you cannot miss. For it was built in the 11th century and is a place to wander around if you are a lover of history. Today, it is home to over 100 monks and a giant statue of Kali, which shown to the public during the yearly Spituk festival. Well, only if you are lucky enough to witness it!

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 8 km away

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3220 metres (10564 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 490 from taxi

Where to Stay – Nature Residency, Hotel Dewaahan Leh, and Cho Palace

Where to Eat – Offside Café, Signature Bowls, and Sangam Restaurants

What to Do – Every year, the monastery plays host to the Gustor Festival, held at Spituk during the eleventh month of Tibetan Calendar.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Wear Indian clothes.

How to Reach – Spituk monastery is in Spituk village which shares a distance of 3.4 km from the airport. If you are traveling by car then you are required to head towards the war memorial/ the hall of fame for 2.8 km on NH1D and you will reach Spituk monastery. The Spituk village shares a distance of 8 km from the main city of Leh.

  1. Sankar Gompa

Amidst the terraced fields of barley, there extends the Sankar which is staffed by 20 monks. It is the official residence of Kushok Bakul, Ladakh’s head of Gelug-Pa sect. It is designed in the traditional architectural style, the paintings of the “Guardians of the Four Directions’ are placed at the entrance of the monastery.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 3 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3560 metres (11,680 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 260 by taxi.

Where to Stay – Aranya Jungle Resort, Hotel Royal Ladakh, HotelGlacier view

Where to Eat – Cross Road Restaurant, Tree House Café and Restaurant, Namza Couture and Café

What to Do – Learn about the culture of ladakh.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Wear indian clothes.

How to Reach – One can get there either by car, or on foot: turn left at the junction above Ali Shah’s Postcard shop, and then right onto the concrete path that runs alongside the stream. Sankar appears after about twenty minutes’ walk, surrounded by sun-bleached Chortens and a high mud wall.

  1. Leh Donkey Sanctuary (Secret Place 1)

Well many of us animal lovers are out there protesting for animal rights. But what about the most hardworking yet forgotten animal, the donkeys? But not to worry, there is exists a donkey sanctuary in Leh which caters to old and sick donkeys in the region which are often left by their owners.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 8 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3620 metres (11876 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 300 by taxi.

Where to Stay – Himalayan Residency Ladakh, Hotel Charu Leh

Where to Eat – The Tibetan Kitchen, Lobby restaurant and Bar, Fred Nest

What to Do – The barn has witty posters and amazing graffiti to click pictures, a fun picnic spot for your family outing.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach –  Walk from town.

  1. Jama Masjid Leh

In the heart of the town, resides the Jama Masjid, which is of utmost historical importance. It consists of Shahi Hamdam and is the biggest mosque in the Leh area. It was built in memorial of the Sufi saint Mir Syed Ali Hamdami. A beautiful place for the lover of architecture.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 2 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3500m (11482 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – No, Go walking from main market.

Where to Stay – Magol Hotel, Grand Ladakh, and Hotel Lingzi

Where to Eat – La Terrasse, Himalaya Café, Leh View Restaurant

What to Do – Enjoy the age-old architecture of the mosque or take a stroll through the streets of Leh.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Wear indian clothes.

How to Reach – Take a cab from your Hotel.

Places to visit Leh Ladakh – Leh Manali Highway

  1. Stok Palace and Museum

A small museum with an intriguing collection of Buddhist art, weaponry, coins, seals, thangka paintings and other items of the royal household. It has a total of 80 rooms out of which only 5 rooms are open to the public. A four-story palace belonging to the royal family of Ladakh, one might visit there if he’s fond of museums and old places.

Stok Kangri is also one of the famous trek which starts from Stok village.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 13 km (5 km from Manali road)

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3480 m (11417 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 1460 from taxi.

Where to Stay – Stok Palace Heritage, Last resort, Hotel Glacier View

Where to Eat – In House food available at the hotel.

What to Do – Have a look at the amazing museum with artifacts and paintings representing the Buddhist lineage.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – Can take a cab or bus to the Stok.

  1. Rock And Minerals Museum (Secret Place 2)

Are you a lover of rocks and minerals? Then this rock and minerals museum is definitely going to excite you. And it really doesn’t matter if you aren’t a lover of rocks, you can just go for a stroll there and have a look at the gorgeous specimens and have a nice time. This places to visit Leh Ladakh is recommended if you are traveling with kids or children. It is situated bang on the Manali road near Shey.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 13 km

Altitude in M (ft.) –  3240m (10629 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 670 from Taxi

Where to Stay – Yarab Tso Hotel, Hotel Glacier View, Bikamp Camp Leh, Hidden Trailz Camp Leh.

Where to Eat –  In house food available at the hotel

What to Do – If you are a fan of geology, this place is a must visit for you.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – Take a cab to the museum or a bus.

  1. Chushot Shamma (Picnic, Horse Riding and Fishing) (Secret Place 3)

Chushot Shamma is a village in Leh, located on the banks of Indus River. The serene environment with greenery all over the place makes it a great place for picnic and camping. A place of paradise, where you can try horse riding and fishing. Also, don’t miss the camping experience, for it is everyone’s dream to live in a place like that.

This tops the list of places to visit Leh Ladakh for camping and 1 day leisure purposes in awesome nature.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 15 km (3 km from Manali road)

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3220m (10564 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 880 from taxi.

Where to Stay – Hidden Trailz Camp Leh, Bikamp Camp At Leh.

Where to Eat – In house food available at the camp

What to Do – Try your hands on horseriding or go fishing along the banks of river Indus

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – Take a cab or a bus to the spot

  1. Shey Palace and Monastery

Built-in 1665, by the king of Ladakh as his summer retreat house, the Monastery of Shey are a lot more than just a monastery. According to legends there used to be an artificial lake nearby but there’s no real evidence of its existence. A two-storeyed statue of Sakyamuni Buddha wrought with copper and gold resides inside which is worth giving a visit.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 12 km (On Manali road)

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3414 m (11,204 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 670 from taxi

Where to Stay – The Verda driftwood Ladakh, Saboo Resorts

Where to Eat – In house food available at hotel

What to Do – Immerse yourself in the spiritual environment of the monastery where the winds carry a positive vibe to your soul

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

  1. Druk Padma 3 Idiots School

All of us fell for the movie 3 idiots. It is everyone’s favorite movie even today. But have you wondered that the school we saw in that movie is still there in reality? Oh yes, it is! The Druk Padma Karpo School had been known as Rancho’s school ever since the release of 3 idiots. It was created with Buddhist tradition and Philosophy and is famous for imparting world-class education to children of the Himalayan region.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 14 km (On Manali road)

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3280m (10761 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 700 from taxi.

Where to Stay –  Hidden Trailz Camp Leh

Where to Eat –  In house

What to Do – Visit the iconic wall and witness some amazing wall art. The place has got amazing friendly vibe in that cold deserted area.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

  1. Thiksey Monastery

Located on top of the hill, the Thiksey Monastery not only gives you the serenity of Buddhist culture but also a beautiful and surreal view of the Thiksey village. It is famous for pilgrim activities, architectural elements, sightseeing, and exploration. There’s an interesting story behind the building of the monastery there.

Dalai Lama also visited Thiksey Monastery several times.

It is said that when two Buddhist monks offered prayers and rituals at the Yellow Temple and were about to through a cake (offering to God) into the valley, a crow took away the cake and place it on a hilltop. They assumed this a divine order and built a monastery here.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 18 km south of Leh (On Manali road)

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3320 m (10892 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 1060 from taxi

Where to Stay – Hidden Trailz Camp Leh

Where to Eat –  Inhouse

What to Do – Camping, Sightseeing

Any Other Tips for Travel – Wear Indian clothes

How to Reach – You can either heir a cab or take a bus.

  1. Hemis Monastery

This one is a must-visit in our list of places to visit Leh Ladakh. A monastery a day and still, you won’t be able to visit every monastery in your short-term trip, so why not visit the best ones first and leave the rest for some other time. Situated 45 km from Leh is the Hemis monastery. It is a Tibetan monastery belonging to the Drukpa Lineage and has a copper gilded statue of Lord Buddha nestled within the monastery. Every year there is the Hemis Festival which should be included in your itinerary if you are visiting in June.

The popularity of the monastery makes it a major tourist attraction. It is situated on the banks of river Indus and has a spectacular view of green hills and mountains that is home to snow leopard and Tibetan wolf. Visit this place to see if you can spot one.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 41 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3657 m (12,000 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 2300 from taxi

Where to Stay – The Mir Villa

Where to Eat –  In house food available

What to Do – learn about ladakhi culture.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – take a taxi

  1. Stakna Monastery

Also known as the Tiger’s Nose Monastery, the Stakna monastery is known so because the rock on which the monastery is located resembles a tiger leaping up to the sky. Well, not just that, visiting the monastery will give you a panoramic view of the Ladakh valley, surrounding landscapes and it also lets you explore the Buddhist culture and traditions. There are several attractions inside the monastery like the incredible paintings of Sakyamuni, Tsephakmad, and Amchi. It is also the house of several idols that are as elegant as they are enchanting.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 25 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3,287 m (10,784 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 1650 from taxi

Where to Stay – Tahang House

Where to Eat –  In house food available

What to Do – learn about ladakhi culture and enjoy sightseeing.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

  1. Matho Monastery (Secret Place 4)

The Matho Monastery is a place worth visiting. It was constructed 500 years ago and represents the Tibetan Buddhist culture. One important reason to visit this place is the religious philosophies and teachings that it provides which attracts a lot many people across the globe.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 22 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3,600 metres (11,800 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 1600 by taxi

Where to Stay – Hidden Trailz Camp Leh

Where to Eat –  Inhouse

What to Do – Camping, Photography, Learn Ladakhi culture, watch sunrise

Any Other Tips for Travel – no

Sham Valley Side

  1. SECMOL (Secret Place 5)

Mr. Sonam Wangchuk established the SECMOL School in 1998, which is an alternative education institute. Here courses are offered for students who have failed in their 10th exam. The students study English and learn how to live like a Ladakhi – meaning sustainable living. Since it follows non-formal education, SECMOL does not focus on any curriculum. It enrolls those students who have failed and then try to rebuild themselves. This oasis in the middle of the cold desert is worth paying a visit for you get to see so many inventions by the students. A place worth visiting.

If you want to learn about the real Phunsuk Wangdoo of Ladakh, we will surely advise visiting this place in Leh Ladakh.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 15 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3180m (10433 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 1000 from taxi

Where to Stay – in Leh hotels only

Where to Eat –  no food options nearby

What to Do – explore the school, cycling, hiking.

Any Other Tips for Travel – plan well as the timings are limited.

How to Reach – You can visit the premises on weekdays from 10AM to 12 PM in summers and 11 AM to 1 PM in winter. Travelers outside visiting hours will be charged 300 per person.

  1. Phey

Phey is a village in Ladakh. Amidst the cold desert, there resides a village with a population of 331 people. But in spite of the loneliness, one can witness the thrilling experience of river rafting in the river Indus. So, get your lifejackets on and be ready for some adventurous river rafting. 

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 13 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3186m (10452 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 730 from taxi

Where to Stay – Stay in Leh

Where to Eat –  no food.

What to Do – river rafting, visit monastery, just explore hidden places.

Any Other Tips for Travel – travel on bike is recomended

How to Reach – take a bike or hire a taxi.

  1. Phyang Gompa

Overlooking the surrounding village from the hilltop lies the Phyang Monastery. It belongs to the red hat sect of Buddhism and is a must-visit. The wall paintings at the monastery depict the Buddhist cultural heritage. It is an important hub of Digung teachings. The prime attraction here is a 900-year old museum, which is home to an exquisite collection of things like thangkas, various idols, Mongolian, Tibetan, and Chinese weapons and firearms and more. Phyang is also famous for Ice Stupa. That’s why remember this one in places to visit Leh Ladakh.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 19 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3560m (11679 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 1200 from taxi

Where to Stay – There are few homestays in Phyang

Where to Eat –  Homestays have food available.

What to Do – Relax, Visit monastery, Visit Ice Stupa.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

  1. Gurudwara Patthar Sahib

Gurudwara Patthar Sahib is located on Srinagar Leh Highway. Devoted to Guru Nanak Devi Ji, the founder of Sikh Religion, the sacred place beautifully commemorate his visit to Ladakh. Dating back to 1517, the Gurudwara houses a boulder with imprints of the head, shoulders, and backside of Shree Guru Nanak Dev.

Not only the Sikh and Hindu devotees but Tibetans also bow down with full devotion at the Patthar Sahib Gurudwara. The latter worship the presiding deity here as Lama Nanak or Guru Gompa Maharaja. A legend is associated with the place and makes it a famous pilgrimage spot for the people visiting Leh Ladakh. A must-see places to visit Leh Ladakh for travelers who are looking for a divine experience.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 23 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3500m (11482 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 1400 from taxi

Where to Stay – Stay in hotels in Leh

Where to Eat –  Gurudwara has langar offerring. Must try.

What to Do – Experience the diviness of the place.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – Take a bus or book a cab to Phey.

  1. Magnetic Hill

Just like its name these hills have a gravitational force in them due to which vehicles defy the force of gravity and move upwards on the hill when parked at the marked location. Located 30 km away from Leh, it is one of the most famous places in Ladakh. The place is situated at an elevation of 11,000 feet above sea level were to the eastern side of the hill flows the Sindhu River, which emerges in Tibet.

There have been several theories behind the magnetic and gravitational forces the vehicles experience. But no one has ever proved the right one. It is believed that the absence of a visible horizon and the backdrop scenery make a faint downwards sloping stretch appear to be an upward slope, creating the illusion of the vehicles moving upwards. Irrespective of the theories and beliefs that surround it, Magnetic hill is a nice place to stop by on your trip, just for fun and to experience if it’s really an optical illusion or an actual force.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 27 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3380 m (11,089 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 1600 from taxi

Where to Stay – Stay in Leh.

Where to Eat –  There are no eateries nearby.

What to Do – Enhance knowledge and experience gravity.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – You can book a cab or take a bus.

  1. Sangam – Confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers

Sangam is the confluence of the rivers Indus and Zanskar. The view of the Valley from the road above it can make you swoon in ecstasy and give a surreal experience. The colors of the two rivers can be distinctly seen at the confluence and the quietness of the environment is often marred with the winds that blow there. The cold yet moonlike landscapes are worth giving a watch.

For night sky photography, this place must be visited in mid night. That is why it has made up on our places to visit Leh Ladakh list.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 48 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3100 m (10170 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 1800 from taxi

Where to Stay – Stay in Leh

Where to Eat –  Maggi and tea etc available at sangam

What to Do – River Rafting, Photography

Any Other Tips for Travel – Carry spare clother for rafting.

How to Reach – You can take a bus.

  1. Likir Monastery

Visiting Ladakh and not visiting Likir gompa? That’s so not fair! After all, Leh- Ladakh’s beauty resides not just in the valleys but in the number of monasteries. And to begin with monasteries you should visit the Likir monastery. It represents the Nanda, Takasko and Naga-rajas, the great serpent spirits. It magnetizes numerous travels around the world and the scenic beauty is a cherry on the cake.

Since the route to the monastery closes during November due to heavy rainfall, the best time to visit the place is between July to September. You’re lucky if you visit the place during the annual festival which will entertain you with music, dance, food and much more. 

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 56 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3700m (12139 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 2700 from Taxi

Where to Stay – There are few homestays and guest house available.

Where to Eat –  at homestay itself.

What to Do – Experience ladakhi culture, Meet monks.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No.

How to Reach – You can a cab to the monastery or take a bus.

  1. Alchi Monastery

A place famous for both God lovers and Nature lovers, the Alchi Gompa or Alchi Monastery is worth paying a visit. When in Leh you must visit the very famous Alchi monastery which not only houses the very famous carved painting which is considered to be the oldest in Ladakh. So for travelers who want to witness some history with spiritual vibes, this is one of the places to visit Leh Ladakh. Over the years, this place has attracted a lot of tourists across the planet because of its heavenly beauty.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 66 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3,100 metres (10,200 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 3200 from taxi

Where to Stay – There are few homestays and guest house available

Where to Eat –  at homestay itself

What to Do – Experience ladakhi culture, Meet monks

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – To reach Alchi monastery you can board local buses which are quite pocket-friendly or can hire a private taxi from the main city of Leh

Other Major Tourist attractions and places to visit in Leh Ladakh

Pangong Lake Side

  1. Pangong Lake –

It is one of the most visited places to visit Leh Ladakh. The same place where Kareena confessed her love in 3 idiots and Anushka meets SRK in Jab tak hai Jaan. One can never get over these movies, neither this place. A perfect hotspot for camping, the gentle hills surrounding the lake adds to the beauty of the landscape. The lake temperature ranges from -5°C to 10°C as a result of which it freezes completely during winters despite its salinity. But what attracts you is the color-changing feature that changes from azure to light blue, green and even grey! During the winter season, the lake turns rock solid and becomes the venue of the ice-skating festival. 

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 147 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 4,350 m (14270 ft.)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 11300 from taxi

Where to Stay – There are many camps/ guest houses available. Pangong Retreat Camp, Redstart Camp.

Where to Eat –  There are restaurants and dhabhas operational in summers. Martselang Restaurant.

What to Do – Photography, Relax, Watch Sunset, Stargazing

Any Other Tips for Travel – Carry heavy woolens and jackets as at night it becomes quite cold.

How to Reach – You can take a bus, take a Leh Ladakh tour from any travel agent, or hire a cab. A bike ride is best.

  1. Chemrey Monastery

There are endless monasteries in Leh and as I said earlier you can’t visit all of them. But what if you just visit the ones which hold historical importance. Well, Chemrey Monastery is one of them, a 400-year-old yet unexplored Buddhist monastery. It has a huge collection of ancient scriptures with the text emboldened in gold letters with the titles in silver. And not just the spiritual importance it holds, the major highlight of this place is that it is the best place for photography enthusiasts.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 43 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3640m (11942 ft)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 2230 from taxi

Where to Stay – No stay options.

Where to Eat –  There is one small dhaba after few kilometers en route Pangong.

What to Do – Talk to lamas about their life.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No.

How to Reach – You can take a bus or hire a taxi

Places to visit Leh Ladakh – Nubra Valley Side

  1. Khardung La Pass

This place is the main highlight of any Ladakh tour. Khardzong La or Khardung La Pass is a high mountain pass in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, near Leh that opens gateways to the Nubra and the Shyok valleys. A must-visit for adventure junkies and is perfect for mountain biking. It is also known as Pass of Lower Castle. Due to heavy rains and snowfall, the Khardung La pass might get closed from November to February. But is best to visit during May and September where the snow-clad mountains give a beautiful view of the landscape and the pristine air.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 39 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 5359m (17,582ft.)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 3200 from Taxi

Where to Stay – Cant stay at this high altitude.

Where to Eat –  There is a dhaba which offers tea, coffee and maggi.

What to Do – Photography, Climb the Gompa

Any Other Tips for Travel – Don’t stay for more than 15 minutes at the pass as you will develop symptoms of high altitude sickness.

How to Reach – You can hire a taxi or take a local bus.

  1. Diskit Monastery

You can be tired of reading about monasteries but never while visiting them. All of them have such a serene and spiritual environment, so much that once you visit them you’ll be surprised how all your stress will vanish in the click of your fingers. Diskit Monastery also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley. It belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The major highlight is the festival named Desmochhey or Dosmoche which is popular as the festival of the scapegoat. It is a prayer festival.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 130 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3260 m (10695 ft)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 8500 from taxi

Where to Stay – There are many Camps/ Hotels / Guest Houses etc available.

Where to Eat –  There are lots of restuarants as well.

What to Do – Photography, Watch views, Become a monk, Relax.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – You can book a taxi or take local bus.

  1. Panamik Village

The Panamik Village has so much to offer in terms of travel. You get to experience a hot water bath in the hot springs. Such a soothing thing to experience while traveling to cold places. Surrounded by the lush green valley and snow-clad mountain peaks, you’re in no less than a paradise on earth.  

The region lies on the Indo-Tibetan border and thus it serves as a base for the trek to Ensa Monastery, famous for Buddhist murals. The village of Panamik is also famous for its Kashmiri and Tibetan artifacts. Kashmiri carpet, Pashmina shawls, and Woollen socks are one of the most shopped items in the markets of Panamik.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 141 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3182 m (10,442 ft.)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 8800 from taxi

Where to Stay – Nubra Organic Retreat Camp, Nubra Liesure Camp.

Where to Eat –  Only inhouse options available.

What to Do – Camel Ride, Ladakhi dance, Photohraphy, Bike Riding, ATV ride.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Ride carefully as due to sand on raod the bike slips.

How to Reach – You can take a taxi or take local buses that are pocket friendly.

  1. Maitrya Buddha

Maitreya is the Buddha of the future, who will be born to teach enlightenment in the next age. Close to the oldest monastery of Nubra valley in Ladakh, Diskit monastery, lies the impressive statue of Jampa Buddha. Along with the other attractions of Nubra, this mighty Buddha statue surmounted on top of a monastery, is one of the prime and is deeply appreciated for its architecture. That is why it has now a destination in places to visit Leh Ladakh.

Facing the Shyok River, the statue sits tall with a height of 32 meters and was constructed with the help of the natives of the valley. The gold used in the construction of the statue was donated by the heads of other major monasteries around. The idea behind the construction of Maitreya Buddha is to promote peace and protection in the region.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 130 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3260 m (10695 ft)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 8300 from taxi

Where to Stay – Karakoram Guest House, Hotel Grand Nubra.

Where to Eat –  Inhouse food available.

What to Do – Photography, Drone shooting.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Wear sunglasses and apply sunscreens.

How to Reach – You can take a bus or hire a cab

  1. Samstanling Monastery

Architectural beauty with spiritual ethnicity amongst the mountains was founded 140 years back in 1841 by Lama Tsultim Nima. The entrance of the Monastery is lined with religious flags and the inside walls are lined with wall paintings representing Buddha and his lectures, Dharamchakra, the Four Heavenly Kings and the other facts of Buddhism. At the entrance of the monastery, you’ll be welcomed by a 7-year-old young boy who blesses all the followers with great solemnity and also tie threads on your wrist. A sweet and spiritual gesture to welcome you in the world of spiritual harmony.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 124 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3240m (10629 ft)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 8300 from Taxi

Where to Stay – Tiger Camp Nubra

Where to Eat –  Inhouse food available.

What to Do – Relax and learn about ladakhi culture.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Pack your luggage light.

How to Reach – You can take local buses or hire a taxi.

  1. Turtuk (Secret Place 6)

Turtuk is the last Indian outpost before Pakistan in Ladakh and the northernmost villages in India. Lying on the banks of Shyok River, it is a very secluded, military-dominated, and sensitive area, as merely ten kilometers ahead is the border or line of control between India and Pakistan.

Known as erstwhile Baltistan, the place was under Pakistani control till 1971, so it is predominantly Muslim, and the people here speak Urdu, Ladakhi, Balti, and Hindi. It is the gateway to the Siachen Glacier, with the snow-clad peaks of Mt. K2, visible on the horizon from the top of the village.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 203 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 2800 m (9186 ft.)

Permit required –  Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR –  13500 from Taxi

Where to Stay – Turtuk Holiday Resort

Where to Eat –  In house food available

What to Do – Relax, Enjoy fresh Apricots, Photography, Bath in the waterfall, Day Hikes, Explore the village

Any Other Tips for Travel – Be responsible for traveling, do not litter, and be soft-spoken and acceptable.

How to Reach – Hire Taxi or take a local bus.

  1. Hunder Sand Dunes

Beautiful beyond imagination, here are the Hunder Dunes in the midst of the cold desert of Ladakh. Like an oasis amidst the cold desert surrounded by the snow-capped mountains, one cannot miss the profound landscapes and sunlight falling on silver sand. You can experience so many picture-perfect moments. A must-see places to visit in Leh Ladakh for photography lovers especially those into landscape photography.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 135 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3150 m (10334 ft.)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 8500 by taxi

Where to Stay – Hunder Sarai Resort, Nubra leisure camp.

Where to Eat – In house food available

What to Do – Click amazing pictures in the cold desert full of silver sand.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – To reach the Hunder, tourists can hire a cab from Leh, which will take approximately 4-6 hours, and will cut and run through Khardung La Pass (40 km), Khardung Village (34 km), Khalsar (23 km) and Diskit (19 km).

  1. Yarab Tso (Secret Place 7)

Located in Nubra Valley lies the Yarab Tso Lake with serene surroundings of the Sumur Village. The captivating site here is that of the lake which can be seen after hiking the hilltop from Panamik village. It is one of the holiest and high altitude lakes in the valley and has crystal clear freshwater. One can witness the picturesque view of the landscape as the rocky and barren terrain flashes on the water surface.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 117 kms

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3360m (11023 ft)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 9000 from taxi.

Where to Stay – No options available

Where to Eat –  No options available

What to Do – Hike till the lake or camp on the lake.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Be careful from wildlife.

How to Reach – You can hire a cab.

  1. Ensa Gompa (Secret Place 8)

The 250 yr. old monastery is perched on the hilltop overlooking the Panamik village. The main attractions here are the Buddhist murals depicting the age-old teachings of Buddhism. All of this really rewarding to see after a long trek isn’t it?

ensa gompa

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 148 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3421 m (11,223 ft.)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 8800 from taxi

Where to Stay – No options available

Where to Eat –  No options available

What to Do – Hike or ride a bike.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – You can take a bus or hire a taxi

Places to visit Leh Ladakh – Tso Moriri Lake Side

  1. Tso Kar (Secret Place 9)

The smallest among the three important lakes of Leh, the Tso Kar lake is also known as white lake and is the calmest of the three lakes, the other two being Tso Moriri lake and Pangong Tso. It is situated in Rupshu Valley and has rich in wildlife and bird. It is also famous among bird watchers, the main attraction among the birdlife being the black-necked cranes.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 153 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 4530m (14,860ft)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 15700 from taxi when clubbed with Tso Moriri.

Where to Stay – There are only 1-2 homestays near Tso Kar.

Where to Eat –  inhouse food is available.

What to Do – Bird watching, spot wildlife, hike in nearby peaks, soak in the peace.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Wear sunglasses and apply sunscreen. Remember to acclimatise well before coming.

How to Reach – You can take a bus or hire a cab

  1. Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

Enough of monasteries! How about some wildlife safari. Well, you won’t be disappointed as Ladakh gives you the most fascinating Wildlife Sanctuary, the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary. Not just wildlife but it has amazing landscapes as well. The major attraction, however, is the snow leopard. It’s interesting to know that Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the few places in India which is the home of the Kiang or Tibetan wild ass along with the Dark-necked crane.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 125 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 4,300 to 5,800 metres (14,000 to 19,000 ft)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 11000 to 25000 from taxi depends upon the itinerary.

Where to Stay – You can find lot of homestays in villages.

Where to Eat –  Only inhouse food is available.

What to Do – Challenge your imagination, Live lika a nomad.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Carry your own food, very less luggage if you are into hiking, Carry water.

How to Reach – You cab take local buses.

  1. Nyoma

The village of Nyoma offers you the most serene monasteries and the prettiest landscapes. If you’re a solo traveler and love to wander around unknown villages then Nyoma is the best place for you. Why not wander here and listen to some amazing stories by the monks and other locals. They’ll have so much to say to you. The terrain is equally beautiful when it is sun-soaked and when it is immersed in rain and colors of the rainbow. Nyoma is a treasure that is waiting to be explored.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 180 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 4180 m (13,713 ft.)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 9300 from taxi

Where to Stay – You will only find few homestays.

Where to Eat –  Few eateries are available in the village.

What to Do – Explore Sand dunes, hiking, photography.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – You can take a local bus

  1. Tso Moriri Lake

The lake surrounded by beautiful view and abundance of flora and fauna, the Tso Moriri Lake has all you could desire. The lesser-known Tso Moriri offers a scenic place of peace and tranquillity. It is a twin to the Pangong Lake. Tucked away in the remotest parts of the country makes Tso Moriri a perfect star gazing sight rendering a complete mind-stirring site.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 227 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 4,522 m (14,836 ft)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 13000 from taxi

Where to Stay – Tso Moriri Camp and Resort and other camps/homestays.

Where to Eat – In house food available. Try Ama Dhaba besides monastery.

What to Do – Photography, Wildlife spotting, Picnic, Hike, Awe in wonder.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Wear sunglasses, apply sunscreen, acclimatize well before coming.

How to Reach – You can hire a taxi or take local buses.

  1. La Chulung La

La Chulung La, located in Ladakh separates the valleys of the Tsarap Chu and the Tozay, where both are on the flow of the Zanskar and the Indus rivers. The pass is quite close to the Sarchu and Pangong Lake. You are free to admire the local natural beauty of the surrounding mountains. It is one of the favorites passes amongst the hikers as well as trekkers.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 196 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 5,359 m (17,582 ft. )

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – Enroute Manali.

Where to Stay – No

Where to Eat –  Nothing available. It’s a pass.

What to Do – Take Photographs

Any Other Tips for Travel – Don’t wait too much on the pass.

How to Reach – You can take a bus or hire a taxi

  1. Tanglang La

The best thing about visiting Leh-Ladakh after the Monasteries are the Passes. The dangerous yet thrilling view of the passes is something that hikers and trekkers long for. The shining moonlike landscapes and the chilly weather brings a zeal to experience the adventures. It is one of the highest motorable mountain passes in the world. While nature enthusiasts will find eye pleasure at every turn, adventurers will enjoy the thrill. The twists and turns and the increasing altitude, feed an adventurer’s spirit.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 108 km

Altitude in M (ft.) –  5,328 m (17,480 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – Enroute Manali.

Where to Stay – Do not stay.

Where to Eat –  No options available

What to Do – Photography, hear ghost stories from local villagers.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Don’t spend too much time at the pass.

How to Reach – You can take a local bus

  1. Umling La Pass

The highest motorable road in the world, Umling la pass has a lot of adventure to offer you. The construction of this road had been in the making for some time. This seemingly impossible feat has been achieved by the BRO (Border Road Organization) as part of “Project Himank”. But the major reason you should visit this place is that the lands are barren and contains no trace of civilization so much that while traversing the pass, you can feel the winds slapping your face from two directions at the same time. A thrilling experience!

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 240 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 5882m (19300 ft.)

Permit required – Leh administration and army has recently closed any permits for this pass as it is very close to south china border.

  1. Hanle

A large historical village of Ladakh, Hanley houses the Indian Astronomical Observatory. The observatory is one of the world’s highest located sites for optical, infrared and gamma-ray telescopes. It is operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. It is currently the ninth (see List of highest astronomical observatories) highest optical telescope in the world, situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters (14,764 ft.). How about spending time on a cold barren land watching the Milky Way? Amazing isn’t it!

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 254 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 4,500 meters, (14,764 ft.)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 17000 from taxi

Where to Stay – Few Hotels and Homestays are now open in Hanle.

Where to Eat –  Inhouse food available but no restuarants.

What to Do – Explore observatory (Need prior permission from bangalore for this).

Any Other Tips for Travel – Explore starry nights and learn about the universe and its wonders.

How to Reach – You can take a local bus

  1. Ukdungle (Secret Place 10)

Ukdungle is a small Indian Army military compound entirely contained within a 40 x 70-meter area in Ladakh in northern India, 48 km west of Demchok village on the LAC with Tibet. The narrow roads and steep mountains are perfect for mountain biking.

ukdungle

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 287 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 4667 m (15311 ft.)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – Currently not many taxi drivers go there. However you can choose to take a car/bike selfdrive.

Where to Stay – No options available

Where to Eat –  No options available

What to Do – Meet the army personnels and thank them for gaurding the borders for you.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – You can take a bus or hire a taxi

  1. Ryul Lake (Secret Place 11)

Nestled in the midst of towering cliffs the Ryul Lake has a twin lake as well, the Kyun Tso. Both of them are known as Kyun Tso and Ryul Tso. They offer a marvelous view and are very less known to travelers. That is why it is No.11 on this list of places to visit Leh Ladakh. But if you go there, they won’t disappoint you with the beauty that it beholds. Its crystal clear aqua blue waters will remind you of fairy tales. A lost paradise to visit! Also, this is the highest lake in Leh Ladakh at a whopping altitude of 5000m.

ryul lake

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 217 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 5000 m (16404 ft.)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – Enroute Hanle to Tso Moriri

Where to Stay – No options available

Where to Eat –  No options available

What to Do – Just be in awe and experience the silence.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Carry your own food.

How to Reach – Selfdrive bike or car.

  1. Chumathang

Chumathang is a small district near Leh that provides you with hot springs in the chilly weather of Leh. After long and tiring days of trekking, all you would need a bath in the hot spring and Chumathang is famous for them. So, you can visit this place for some relaxation and distress yourself.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 133 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3,950 m (12959 ft.)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 7970 from taxi

Where to Stay – There are few homestays. But the place is only visited as falls en route to Tso Moriri.

Where to Eat –  Few eateries available. Try Momos and Thukpa.

What to Do – Take a bath in hot springs.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Carry extra clothes for change.

How to Reach – Enroute to Tso Moriri.

Places to visit Leh Ladakh – Srinagar/Kargil /Suru Valley Side

  1. Dah Hanu (Secret Place 12)

A village is full of cultural diversity. Dah Hanu houses the most unique tribe of Leh, the Drogpa tribe who are pretty different from the Ladakhi tribe found in other areas of Leh. Their hostile nature and their traditions will make you go in awe of the place. You can make a lot of unforgettable memories while talking to them and listening to their adventurous and interesting stories about their culture. The Drogpa are culturally, racially and linguistically different from the rest and are said to be the only living descendants of the original Aryan (Indo European) race.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 188 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 2700m (8,858 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 8500 from taxi

Where to Stay – Few homestays available.

Where to Eat –  inhouse only food available.

What to Do – Learn about the life of villagers, history lessons.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Respect local cultures. Also try hiking.

How to Reach – Dah Hanu can be visited via Batalik link road.

  1. Kargil

Kargil is also known as the gateway to Ladakh as it separates Ladakh from Jammu and Kashmir regions. The beautiful city is the second largest in this region after Leh. It has a peaceful vibe and attracts a lot of tourists every year. Nestled in the massive mountains of the Himalayas this place offers attractive landscapes and pristine water flowing through river Indus. This place is no less than heaven on earth.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 218 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 2,676 m (8,780 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 13500 from taxi

Where to Stay – Hotel D ZojiLa, Kargil Heights, and other hotels.

Where to Eat –  Many food joints and eateries available.

What to Do – Explore local culture, visit Masjids and Schools.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Respect locals and their culture.

How to Reach – Take a cab or take a bus or self drive car/bike.

  1. Kargil War Memorial

Rezang La War Memorial, located a few kilometers after the town of Chushul, was created in the remembrance of the brave soldiers of 13 Battalion of Kumaon Regiment, deployed under the leadership of Major Shaitan Singh, during the 1962 Indo-China War. There is also a Chushul War Memorial, made to commemorate the sacrifice and bravery of Indian Soldiers from the Artillery Division in the 1962 Indo-China War. It is located halfway between Chushul Village and Rezang La War Memorial. You have to visit this place, for it gives you the patriotic feel and even the wind narrates the braveheart stories of the martyrs.

Distance from centre in kms – 4.2 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 2,199 m(7,215 feet)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – Club with other destinations.

  1. Moonland (Lamayuru)

You’ll witness enough of paradise on earth places but have you seen anything like the moon on earth? Well, this place in Lamayuru town resembles the moon. The steep mountains, the rocky terrains, and the dangerous boulders will remind you of the moon. This unique geographical feature attracts thousands of visitors every year.  The rough, uneven landscape of Moon land will be an amusing sight from the top of the Meditation Hill. The entire Lamayuru becomes visible from the top.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 114 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3500 m (11,482 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 6200

Where to Stay – Hotel Moonland, Dragin Hotel Lamayuru, Hotel Namkila

Where to Eat –  Inhouse food available. Few eateries are also available.

What to Do – Visit Monastery, Hiking, Visit Moonland.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – Take Bus/Cab or self drive from Leh.

  1. Mulbekh Monastery

Mulbekh Monastery maintains a carved 9 meters tall statue of Maitreya Buddha. It also houses many prized relics, ancient inscriptions, and frescoes. You can visit this place on your way to Srinagar.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 218 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3,304 m (10,839 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 9100

Where to Stay – Few homestays available

Where to Eat –  inhouse food only.

What to Do – Visit monastery.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

  1. Sonamarg

Sonamarg or Sonmarg Hill station is also known as the Meadow of Gold about 80 km from Srinagar.  It is reached from the Sindh Valley and has snow-capped mountains for its backdrop against the sky. It is a trekker’s heaven and has adventurous routes with beautiful green water and frozen lakes around. One cannot overlook the natural beauty it offers and the beautiful mountains that stand tall as they descend to a lush green valley with an amazing site of flora and fauna. We highly recommend exploring Sonamarg and is rated as the best places to visit Leh Ladakh.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 342 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 2730 m

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 19130

Where to Stay – Hotel Village Walk, Hotel Snowland, Imperial heights.

Where to Eat –  Local cafeterias are available.

What to Do – Relax, Soak in the beautiful valley, horse riding, hiking.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Respect local culture.

  1. Drass

Drass is a tourist hub for the high altitude trekking routes it offers. There are a lot of base camps and tourist-friendly hotels found in the towns. The place is a paradise for hikers and also favors shorter treks and hikes to upland villages.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 280 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3200m (10498 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 14100 (in 1 day)

Where to Stay – Hotel D Meadows Ladakh.

Where to Eat –  inhouse food available.

What to Do – Visit War Memorial.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

Places to visit Leh Ladakh – Zanskar Side

  1. Phugtal Monastery (Secret Place 13)

Phugtal Monastery in Ladakh, a legendary cave Gompa is tucked amidst the remote and isolated town of Phuktal or Phugtal. Counted as one of the only Buddhist monasteries in Leh Ladakh that is accessible only by foot, the Phugtal Monastery is nestled on the cliff-side next to the River Lungnak. Nearly 70 monks dwell at this monastery which is believed to have been founded by GangsemSherapSampo in the 12th century.

The monastery has been a place for meditation, retreat, teaching, and learning for ages. It has a soothing spiritual vibe and you can even try to invoke inner peace and positivity once you reach there. How often do you get to experience such a divine environment in a busy city life? Here is the place where you can drain your mental and physical stress.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 411 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 4200 m (13,779 km)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – Do selfdrive car/bike.

Where to Stay – Few homestays available in the village.

Where to Eat –  inhouse only. No eateries are there.

What to Do – Visit Monastery, Experience remoteness.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Respect local cultures.

How to Reach – Currently it can only be reached via Darcha and Sumdo.

  1. Lingshed (Secret Place 14)

Lingshet (or Lingshed) is the headquarter of Singelalok block in the Leh district of Ladakh, India. It is located in the Khalsi tehsil, about a day’s trek from the nearest road. It is one of the new and recently accessed places to visit leh ladakh as it now connected to newly built all weather road.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 220 km.

Altitude in M (ft.) – 4000m (13123 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 9800 till photoksar + additional for hiking upto Lingshed

Where to Stay – Homestays

Where to Eat –  inhouse food only.

What to Do – Experience and learn about local and hidden ladakhi cultures.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Respect local cultures.

How to Reach – Take taxi till Photoksar and hike till Lingshed Monastery.

  1. Photoksar (Secret Place 15)

Photoksar is a village in the Leh district of Ladakh, India. It is located in the Khalsi tehsil and is mainly the camp base for trekking in the Zanskar Valley. The village is quiet and the fresh air makes it a relaxing and soothing place to chill after a tiring day of trekking. I personally recommend Photoksar in places to visit Leh Ladakh.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 166 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 4150m (13615 ft)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 9800

Where to Stay – Homestays only available.

Where to Eat –  local inhouse food only.

What to Do – Hiking, Experience hidden ladakhi village life.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Respect locals.

How to Reach – Take taxi from Leh or self drive.

  1. Rangdum

Located midway between Padum in the scenic Zanskar, Rangdum is one of the most bountiful places to visit. Secluded from the humdrum of city life, Rangdum is the ultimate place to wind up, relax, and get rejuvenated while having a tryst with the enchanting beauty of nature.

In addition to this, visitors to Rangdum also get the opportunity to witness and enjoy the contrasting sides of the Ladakh region. While one can enjoy the stimulating views of the rugged mountains, visitors can revel in the astounding views and charm of several vibrant mountains around the valley.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 342 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3657 m (11,998 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 9000 till kargil + another 5000 – 9000

Where to Stay – Nun Kun Delux Camp, Barula Hotel.

Where to Eat –  inhouse food available. Few local eateries as well.

What to Do – Relax and rejuvenate, Visit monastery.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No

How to Reach – Reach Kargil. Drive another 127 km from there to reach Rangdum.

  1. Padum

Padum around 3505 m above the sea-level, today is the administrative center of Zanskar Sub-division. This town is the most populated town of Zanskar that is inhabited by around 2000 people. From the past few years, Padum is becoming a popular trekking base and is being visited by a large number of tourists. There are a number of places to visit in Leh Ladakh which are attractions for tourists.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 446 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3669 m (12,037 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 9000 till kargil + another 5000 – 9000

Where to Stay – Hotel Rigyal, Omasila Hotel.

Where to Eat –  inhouse food only.

What to Do – Visit monastery, Relax, photography.

Any Other Tips for Travel – No.

How to Reach – Drive 104 km further south from Rangdum.

  1. Tibb Cave

Considered as the coldest places of the Chadar Trek, the Tibb Cave is located in the snow-capped Zanskar Valley often used a campsite for mountaineers on an expedition to the Chadar trek. The giant cave can host around 200 people.

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 260 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 3400 m (11,000 ft.)

Permit required – No

Avg cost of travel in INR – 15000 – 23000

Where to Stay – No options

Where to Eat –  No options

What to Do – Photography, Experience nomadic life, Be in awe with amazing nature.

Any Other Tips for Travel – Wear heavy woolens and jackets, sunglasses, sunscreens and other ice related equipments.

How to Reach – Drive till Chilling and walk on frozen zanskar river till the cave.

  1. Nun Kun

Surprisingly, this is the last places to visit Leh Ladakh. The Nun Kun mountain consists of a pair of two mountain peaks. Mt. Nun being the higher one. Its neighbor is the peak, Kun. The icy pyramids are situated in the rugged and forbidding landscape of Zanskar ranges. Both the snow-capped peaks offer adventurous and the most surreal experience of mountaineering. The best place for trekking fans where you can go for an expedition and return with beautiful memories and pictures making a snowman and playing with snowballs. 

Distance from Leh centre in kms – 342 km

Altitude in M (ft.) – 7135m (23408 ft)

Permit required – Yes

Avg cost of travel in INR – 19000 – 25000

Where to Stay – Stay options available at Panikhar village.

Where to Eat –  No options

What to Do – Go for a Snow Trek on Mt. Nun and Mt. Kun

Any Other Tips for Travel – Hire professional and experienced guide.

How to Reach – Drive via Kargil.

Conclusion

We have tried our best to include all the possible places to visit Leh Ladakh. Some of them are highly touristy and others are mildly visited. But for those who want to travel to lesser-known destinations, well we tried hard to find, explore, and provide you whatever relevant information we have.

Please give us a thumbs up and share this blog with your friends who are planning to visit Leh Ladakh. I am sure they will thank you for this. If you know about any more such tourist places in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir, kindly tell us in the comments section.

Bikamp has a campsite in Leh named Bikamp At Leh Camp. We also organise Leh Ladakh Bike Trip for groups and offer Leh Ladakh Tour Package for couples, groups, families, and friends. If you are planning for an offbeat and adventurous experience, you can get in touch at info@bikamp.com or call us at +91 – 9818824450 / 9549919666

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