Ladakh has been an inhabited place for decades. Even today it is sparsely populated. It is a mountainous region. It is located in the North of India and is a Union Territory of India that is endowed with picturesque landscapes and pristine water bodies. The mountains and lakes of Ladakh are the most adored natural entities here. Recently, Ladakh has become a very popular tourist and trekking destination.
People have come to know about the exciting features of Ladakh such as the rare birds, wildlife, flowers, food, monasteries, treks, frozen lakes, and the experience of Tibetan culture right here in India. Even though Ladakh is a cold place and turns extremely cold at night and during winter people are still fascinated by the snowy beauty of North India. Ladakh has become one of the most sought-after travel destinations during summer and monsoon for all.
More and more people are becoming interested in visiting this amazing terrain of North India. People from all over India and the world are taking their time off to visit Ladakh, a land full of natural and spiritual places to visit. Some are very much interested in seeing offbeat places in Ladakh.
In this blog by Cliffhangers India, we will talk about some of the natural and spiritual places in Ladakh which are offbeat! Not many people even today know about these places, but they are worth visiting and are like hidden jewels of Ladakh. So, you can make sure to visit these places on your trip to Ladakh.
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Best Offbeat Places in Ladakh
Coming to the list of offbeat places in Ladakh, here is the list of best offbeat places in Ladakh.
1. Rizong Monastery: This is an absolutely isolated monastery near Alchi. Still visiting the Rizong monastery can be an amazing experience for you. The monks belonging to this monastery do not go anywhere outside the monastery. They get their food from a nunnery that is located at some distance from the monastery. These monks wear yellow hats and belong to the Gelug lineage. Taking lessons from such simplistic and actualized monks can indeed be a unique opportunity.
2. Uleytokpo: Uleytokpo is a beautiful campsite situated near the Indus River. It is a place of peace and tranquility. You can enjoy the simple Ladakhi lifestyle here in Uleytokpo. Being a little near Leh, this is a good option to travel to and fro in a day if you want to return to Leh after enjoying the offbeat beauty of Uleytokpo. This is one of most sought-after offbeat places in Ladakh.
3. Rangdum Monastery: Rangdum Monastery is a couple of centuries old monastery with beautiful architecture. It is situated in Suru valley and is near Padum. This is a place where you can experience the best of isolation. With no electricity and internet, life here seems to be truly basic yet actualising at the same time.
4. Upshi Village: This is a simple village that has still stayed unexplored. The rural lifestyle of this region is interesting. You can see how fur used for making Pashmina collectibles is obtained and collected from the sheeps domesticated here. Upshi is situated on the Leh-Manali highway, so it is convenient to reach Upshi village by road. Visiting such untouched villages and experiencing the lifestyle of people residing here are what make a visit to Ladakh all worth it. Upshi is like a must visit offbeat destination in Ladakh.
5. Panamik Springs: Panamik has special hot springs which are believed to be medicinal. These sulfur hot springs are a unique feature of Panamik which is located in the Nubra valley. Visiting Panamik may require a special permit to be obtained from the authorities. A visit to Panamik can be a rejuvenating experience.
6. Mulbekh: This place has a tall statue of Maitreya. The Tibetans call it Chamba. The statue of Chamba dates back to the 8th century. There is also a church built in the 1970s, within the vicinity that offers a unique view and experience.
7. Sani Gompa: Sani Gompa in Padum belongs to the Drugpa Kagyu lineage. This monastery is situated on a plane land which is an almost rare occurrence in the mountainous region of Ladakh. Sani monastery has a beautiful Kanika Stupa that dates back to Kanishka, a 2nd-century Kushan ruler.
These were the 7 offbeat places in Ladakh. Overall, Ladakh is filled with amazing places. Many of which have become very popular. Needless to say this is all because of the beauty of Ladakh’s landscapes and culture. In this blog, we tried to bring to the fore seven less explored and offbeat places in Ladakh to let you know about these offbeat places in Ladakh and make interesting additions to the itinerary of your trip to Ladakh to make it a truly fascinating journey.
If you are planning to visit Ladakh then we are now sure you would add these places to your itinerary too. Cliffhangers India has been a trusted travel planner for many visitors of Ladakh till now and looks forward to serving you too for your life’s most spectacular trip of Ladakh.
To reach Ladakh, one can first choose to reach Leh, the capital city of Ladakh. Leh is well-connected to most places in Ladakh. To reach Leh one can opt for air, road, or rail travel. Direct flights to Leh are available which land you at the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh.
Taxi and bus service is available near Leh airport. Leh is connected with Leh-Manali and Leh-Srinagar Highways for road travel. Srinagar is another place from where you can hire taxis or travel by bus to reach Leh by road.
By railway, you can reach Jammu Tawi, the nearest major railway station for Leg. From the station, you can hire cabs or travel by bus to reach Leh. Traveling by your own vehicle is also an option to reach Leh. Travelers opt for traveling by SUVs, cars and of course, the Enfields and mountain bikes. To know more about Ladakh tours and travel you can contact Cliffhangers India and make a suitable Ladakh travel plan for you.
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Frequently asked questions?
Which are the offbeat villages in Ladakh?
In the region of Ladakh, many places are hidden. Some of the offbeat places in Ladakh are Panamik hot springs, Uleytokpo Ladakh, Yarab Tso Lake, Summur Village in Nubra Valey, Basgo palace, Rangdum in Suru Valley, Changtang region, and Turtuk Village.
Which place is known as Mini-Ladakh?
Panikot Lake is also known as mini-Ladakh. It is located in the NCR region which makes it the ideal spot for thrilling adventurous activities. It is located 20 kilometres from the Faridabad the lake is referred to as mini-Ladakh because of the pristine water it has.
Which place in Ladakh is called the Cold Desert?
Leh is called the cold desert of Ladakh. The place is situated in the great Himalayas. There are so many famous attractions to visit but Leh is one of the coldest places. It sits at an altitude of 11, 562 feet. This is an adventurous playground to enjoy many adventurous activities such as river rafting, trekking, cycling, etc. Leh is one of the famous attractions which contains many ancient monasteries and stunning valleys.
What mainly attracts tourists to Ladakh?
Many places attract thousands of tourists every year. Ladakh is popularly known for its breathtaking natural beauty and many pristine lakes. If you are planning to visit Ladakh you can see many Buddhist monasteries, snow glaciers, many treks, beautiful meadows, and magnificent Valleys.
Why is Ladakh famous?
Ladakh is famous for its breathtaking views, clear blue skies, highest mountain passes, thrilling activities, beautiful landscapes, Buddhist Gompas, and many festivals. It is one of the popular destinations to spend holidays. You can visit here during the months of summer to enjoy the sightseeing and many outdoor activities. Winters here are harsh cold, therefore, wintertime is not a good time to visit Leh Ladakh.