Srinagar to Leh Route
Srinagar to Leh route is a significant one to reach Ladakh via Kashmir and it takes you from the beautiful vistas of Srinagar to the breath-taking landscape of Ladakh. The journey is more soothing and simplistic as compared to Manali-Leh Route which is considered a biker’s delight. While going through this route, you can explore new places while being on the way to the heaven that is Ladakh! So here is a complete list of places that you can visit on your way to Leh via Srinagar and discover this route in all its amazing hues!
1. Zoji La
Traveling from Srinagar to Leh, Zoji La will be the first one you will get to see amidst Ladakh’s range of spectacular high-altitude passes. It is referred to as a challenging one and is the second highest point that you can witness on the Srinagar Leh Highway.
2. Namika La
Situated at the altitude of 3700 m, Namika La is the second in line following Zoji La pass on this route. Moreover, the word ‘Namika’ stands for ‘Pillar of the sky’ and La means ‘Pass’. It is also the last one concluding the area of Kargil region. You will find various Maitreya Buddha rock carvings, as well as Gompas here and the landscape after this pass, will become more stunning and charming as you enter further in the panoramas of Ladakh.
3. Fotu La
The highest point coming on the Srinagar-Leh Highway is Fotu La and it’s path is less challenging than Zoji La. Moreover, this pass is strikingly splendid and you can spend hours just glaring over the landscape while also getting excited about the journey ahead.
4. Magnetic Hill
If you are reaching Ladakh by road, Magnetic Hill is a must to visit. This is place is believed to possess the magnetic power that will lead your vehicle into movement even with when the engine is not. This mysterious road is famous among all the travelers who come to Ladakh, they come to Magnetic Hill trying to witness the magnetism of this place and finding their own reasons behind its unique characteristic.
5. Hangro Loops
An adventurous compilation of 18 loops, Hangro Loops is also a favorite for those driving by themselves to Ladakh. By the last loop, you will get to embrace a panoramic landscape that will surely blow your mind away. You can capture this view in your camera or just sit in silence pondering at the allure of this stunning location!
6. Kargil War Memorial
Kargil War Memorial is dedicated to the martyrs of Kargil War. On your route to Leh, make sure to stop by this place, take a few moments to remember the soldiers who left the world fighting in the Kargil War and pay respect to their bravery and valour.
Lamayuru is a well-known attraction of Ladakh and is essentially popular for Lamayuru Monastery. Lunar Landscape is another special phenomenon that your should witness while passing through this place. Lunar Landscape is actually an image created by a rock as well as the surrounding landscape blending together in the surface of a moon.
8. Rizong Monastery
Rizong Monastery is located on a high rock and is often referred to as the ‘paradise of meditation’. There are strictly creates rules for those entering the monastery and this monastery comes after Lamayuru on this route. Moreover, you can stop by this monastery, sit here in peace for some time and you will feel completely embraced by serenity!
9. Alchi Monastery
Alchi Monastery has a great collection of the ancient paintings of Ladakh. There is also a grand statue of Buddha here and you will also see some wood carvings and other artwork associated with Buddhism. This is a major monastery if you want to explore more about the Tibetan Buddhism practiced in Ladakh and Hindu Kings of Kashmir can also be found in the paintings present at the monastery.
10. Likir Monastery
Likir Monastery is associated with Gelukpa Sect of Buddhism. It also hosts a yearly festival on 27th and 29th of Tibetan Calendar’s 12th month. Moreover, there are around 120 monks living here. Also there is a small school for local village children is also managed by Likir Gompa.
11. Phyang Monastery
This monastery is situated in Fiang Village and is a vividly scenic monastery to explore. It belongs to the Red Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is located on the Phyang Hill. Further, there is also a museum inside which is around 90 years old and is an abode to an amazing compilation of various ancient idols, vibrant thangkas, and several war weapons.
12. Spituk Monastery
Spituk Monastery is a renowned gompa and reaching this monastery via this route you will be approximately 18 km away from Leh. This monastery houses 100 monks and there are various splendid statues of Buddha and thangkas created along with sculptures as well as small chortens.
13. Gurudwara Patthar Sahib
Gurudwara Patthar Sahib was established in 1517 dedicating it to Guru Nanak Device who visited Ladakh during the same year. It is around 25 km from Leh and is an enchanting attraction blending magnificently with the landscape of lovely blue sky and the mountains peeking from behind!
14. Mulbekh Monastery
Mulbekh Monastery is situated in Kargil and is actually constituted of two gompas, i.e. Drukpa and Gelugpa. It has a 9 km long marvelous statue of Buddha that was believed to make in the first century. It is more of a historical attraction as you can find many relics and frescos dating back to the ancient times and exhibiting the cultural and historical events of Ladakh!
15. Basgo Monastery
Constructed in 1680 by the Namgyal kings, Basgo Monastery is located on a great height at a hilltop looking over the whole town. It is also a place that is home to the oldest relics of the 16th century. It was an eminent political as well as cultural spot and also houses an ancient Buddha statue as well as various old murals associated with Tibetan Buddhism.
Thus, these are the major attractions that you must see on the route of Srinagar to Leh. Visit these attractions and make the most of your time through this route! Happy Journey!