10 Best Places to Visit in Leh Ladakh
best places to visit in leh ladakh

 If you want to visit a place that has panoramic views, adventure, exotic culture, delicacies, and loads of souvenirs to shop for, then Leh Ladakh could be your best choice! Leh-Ladakh is endowed with splendid places to visit. Reaching, staying in, and returning from Leh Ladakh can be one of life’s most memorable journeys. One gets an opportunity to explore truly mind-blowing, heart-touching, and lovely places in Leh Ladakh. Overall, Leh Ladakh offers an amazing blend of experiences. Be it scenic beauty, adventure, spirituality, or heritage and culture, everything here is going to impress you.

Cliffhangers India is delighted to present you with the Top 10 Places to Visit in Leh Ladakh in the following lines:

Pangong Tso

It’s a beautiful lake in Ladakh. From adventure lovers to nature lovers, all can enjoy a visit to this natural beauty in Ladakh!

Thiksey Monastery

The wonderful architecture at the Thiksey monastery is must-see. Watching the Indus valley and its mountains can also add to a splendid experience at the Thiksey Monastery.

Khardung La

Khardung La is the highest road one can travel on, in the whole wide world! A bike ride or trail through this pass is definitely going to be a brilliant experience. It’s a must-try for all Leh Ladakh visitors, especially bikers!

Indus and Zanskar Rivers

Besides the scenic exuberance of these stunning rivers, river rafting here can be an amazing experience!

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is a divine and holy shrine. A beautiful place to seek blessings for one and all.

Shanti Stupa

During the day, you can experience bliss and peace, and as the sun sets, the lights of Leh city add extravagance to your visit and view!

Diskit Gompa

The view of a tall statue of Maitreya Buddha is one of a kind spiritually enriching experience at the Diskit monastery.

Tso Moriri

Tso Moriri is a spectacular lake which is located in the Changthang / Rupshu valley of Ladakh. View at Tso Moriri is a collection of natural exuberance. Watching the grazing cattle and the views of the Lungser Kangri and Chamser Kangri peaks, add beauty to the whole experience here.

Nubra Valley

Endowed with beautiful mountains, rivers, vegetation and sand dunes make the Nubra Valley one of the best places in Leh-Ladakh.

Sand Dunes Leisure Park

You can explore nature and wildlife here. Camel rides, bike rides are other fun activities to do at this place.

We need to add about two more places for you readers, to know how truly special they are for all of us:

Hall of Fame

This is a place to remember, honor, and be proud of our brave Indian soldiers who have and will continue to bring glory to our nation!

Dras War Memorial

This is one more eventful place to feel the spirit of the Indian army soldiers!

Hope you enjoyed reading about our Top 10 Places to Visit in Leh Ladakh with two important additions. Get details on Leh Ladakh Tours from Cliffhangers India to truly explore the fascinating places in Leh Ladakh!

Places to visit in Leh Ladakh for Honeymoon

Hey, our ‘Leh Ladakh’s places to visit’ trail doesn’t end here. Continue reading to learn more about specific and mystical locations in Leh Ladakh.

Leh Ladakh is surprisingly the most travelled Honeymoon Destinations in India. To explore Leh Ladakh, here is the list of places every honeymoon couple should visit in Leh Ladakh.

  • Pangong Tso: A famous lake with a beautiful landscape to click some pretty pictures with your loved one.
  • Tso Moriri: This is another place filled with scenic beauty.
  • Lamayuru: A place to meditate and experience pure love, happiness and peace with your partner.
  • Drang Drung Glacier: A place to view the extravagant beauty of nature with your beautiful one!
  • Magnetic Hill: Gives an experience of driving mysteriously.
  • Alchi: Best place away from the city mainland to spend romantic time with your partner.
  • Stok Kangri: Get impressed by the views of the peaks, Stok palace, Stok Kangri and all this at the Stok village.
  • Hemis monastery: Come here to explore Buddhist monuments and majestic monasteries with beautiful artwork.
  • Leh Market: Visit this place to buy beautiful Ladakhi handicrafts and souvenirs!

Places to visit in Leh Ladakh in Winter

Ladakh in winter is the winter fairy land. The weather is extremely cold though. However, you can visit leh Ladakh in winter for winter adventure like ice climbing, snow treks, to see frozen rivers etc. Here are some of the attractions of Leh Ladakh during winter.

  • Winter Games take place at various places in Ladakh during winter. This season also features frozen lake treks and other activities.
  • Drang Drung Glacier is a Snowy-beauty in winter.
  • Zanskar Valley offers the Chadar/ Frozen Lake Trek.
  • Pangong Tso has a panoramic landscape.
  • Tso Moriri gives a chance to come across Snow Leopards!

Places to visit in Leh Ladakh in December

In December, Leh Ladakh experiences heavy snowfall with the temperature ranging from -11 degrees Celsius to 1 degree Celsius. This is an off-season for tourism but those tourists who wish to experience snowfall and spend time in the wilderness also celebrate the December-New Year festivals can visit Ladakh in December. You can enjoy your December in Ladakh at:

  • Zanskar Valley
  • Sangam
  • Sham Valley
  • Nubra Valley
  • Leh Palaces

Places to visit in Leh Ladakh in November

Here is the handpicked list of places to visit in leh ladakh during the month of November.

  • You can go on a ride of double-humped camels known as the Bactrian Camels, at the Nubra Valley.
  • Enjoy playing ice hockey on frozen surfaces.
  • Go on a trail from Suru Valley to the Drang Drung glacier.
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of the Pangong Tso-Lake

Places to visit in Leh Ladakh in April 

April is a perfect month for visiting places, sightseeing, and doing many activities in Leh-Ladakh. The list of places to visit in Leh Ladakh during April could almost include all the places mentioned in this blog, we just want to point out four awesome places to explore in Leh Ladakh in April, for now:

  • Nubra Valley
  • Tso Kar
  • Lamayuru
  • Hemis National Park 

Places to visit in Leh Ladakh in May 

May in Ladakh is the month of the beginning of Summer. Entire Leh Ladakh is reachable in May. Here is the list of the most visited placed in Leh Ladakh for May month.

  • The Indian Astronomical Observatory

This observatory is a must-visit place in Ladakh during May. At a height of 15,000 feet, The Indian Astronomical Observatory is the world’s second-highest observatory. The Vainu Bappu Telescope found here is Asia’s second-largest telescope. The Vainu Bappu Telescope is used immensely in India for research of high-energy radiations, properties of star clusters, star structures, and exoplanets.

  • Leh Palace

The Leh palace is a unique entity showcasing the historic Tibeto-Himalayan architecture. This nine-storey palace was built during the 17th century. It was the residence of the Royal family of Ladakh and one of the largest buildings in Ladakh in those times.

  • Spituk Monastery

The Buddhist temple Spituk, also known as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa, was founded by Od-de, the Spituk monastery. It has many ancient shrines, frescoes, idols and religious scriptures. You can meet over a hundred monks who live here and spend time with them learning about Buddhism. This place also has an amazing assortment of antique arms, ancient masks and fine thangkas. The 10 feet Budhha statue in the hall of the monastery is also a spiritual delight for the eyes and mind.

Another major draw of this magnificent monastery is the massive statue of Goddess Kali.

  • Likir Monastery

The Likir Gompa offers photogenic views of the beautiful white buildings and their red roofs. It dates back to 1065, so this monastery is one of the oldest monasteries upheld as compared to the other monasteries in Ladakh.

Places to visit in Leh Ladakh in Summer 

Among all seasons, Summer is the ideal season to visit Leh Ladakh. The summer brings the best of Ladakh and its surrounding areas. Here are the places to visit in Leh Ladakh during the months of summer.

Valleys: Nubra, Zanskar, Suru, Sham valleys and Khardung La Pass are must-try-out places during summer in Leh Ladakh.

Monasteries: Monasteries of Shey, Thiksey, Diskit, Alchi, etc. are also must visit during summer here.

Palaces: A visit to the Shey palace, Leh palace, and Stok palace can be enriching.

Leh Market: A stroll through the Leh market can be a colorful experience.

Local Eateries in Ladakh: Eating at the local eateries in Leh-Ladakh is a must to enjoy the Ladakhi delicacies and local foods such as Thukpa (soup with vegetables and noodles), Momos, Skyu (traditional soup), Tingmo (steamed Tibetan bread with dal, cooked vegetables, or meat), Chutagi (a pasta-like dish served with vegetable-based sauce), Chhurpi (Yak Cheese), Khambir (Ladakhi wheat-bread), Apricot Jam.

Places to visit in Leh Ladakh for Snow 

You can indulge in several adventure activities including snow trek, ice skating, and ice climbing in Leh Ladakh during the winter season of Snow.

  • Snow Leopard Trek through Tso Moriri and Rumbak
  • Ice skating at rinks, clubs, sports events, and frozen lakes are done during the snowy season in Leh-Ladakh.
  • Ice Climbing at Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, and Sham Valley can be adventurous and beautiful.
  • Monastic festivals and New Year are celebrated in the snowy season with a lot of zeal.
  • Trek in Hemis National Park to watch the snow Leopards can be thrilling.

It’s important to also know that only the roads to Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso from Leh remain open throughout the year. Some other major roads in Leh Ladakh remain closed due to heavy snowfall in Leh Ladakh. During the snow season in Leh-Ladakh, it is also recommended to hire a private taxi or cab from Leh, driven by local professionals.

In a gist, places in Leh-Ladakh look wonderful with snow-coated mountain peaks, beautiful lakes and dream-like scenery!

Tourist Attractive Festivals of Leh Ladakh

Galdan Namchot

The Galdan Namchot festival in Ladakh is celebrated on the occasion of the birth anniversary and the Buddhahood of the Tibetan saint-scholar, Tsongkhapa. Galdan Namchot marks the beginning of the new year festivities in Ladakh. This celebration goes on till the Dosmoche festival. People give ‘Khatak’, a traditional scarf to each other.


Losar is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. It marks the beginning of a new Tibetan year. The celebrations have Ladakhi Buddhists making religious offerings to the deities in the Gompas.

Cliffhangers India is a registered travel planner for Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department and is specialized in planning Leh Ladakh Tours and adventurous Treks.

Frequently asked questions?

Which are the most visited places in Ladakh?

There are plenty of places in Ladakh that are the most visited and popular tourist attractions. Some of the popular and most-visited places are Pangong Lake, Khardung La, Magnetic Hills, Zanskar Valley, Nubra Valley, Shanti Stupa, Tso Moriri, Hall, etc. Leh Ladakh is itself one of the most beautiful and famous tourist spots that are worth visiting.

What is very famous in Ladakh?

Ladakh is famous for its natural breathtaking beauty, lush landscapes, frozen lakes, glaciers, Buddhist monasteries, festivals, and clear blue skies. The region is surrounded by the highest mountain passes of the Himalayas and Karakoram. Ladakh is a dream destination for every traveler. 

How many days are enough for Ladakh?

If you are planning to have a beautiful and memorable Ladakh trip then, you must spend at least 8 to 10 days. In 10 days you will explore all the popular tourist destinations of Ladakh which are worth visiting places. Apart from enjoying sightseeing, you can also go for many outdoor activities such as trekking, photography, paragliding, river rafting, etc.

Which is better Kashmir or Ladakh?

Both places are magnificently beautiful. Both places are blessed with natural and scenic beauty. Kashmir Valley is the major part of India which is also referred to as Heaven on Earth due to its spectacular beauty. Ladakh is popularly known for its Buddhist Monasteries, Lakes, Rivers, and several trekking trails. Both places are better and the most visited places. 

Is Ladakh costly?

Everyone who is planning for a Ladakh trip thinks that Ladakh is costly but it is not true, you can go to Ladakh even in Low budgets. You can plan your itinerary according to your own choice and requirements. This place is one of the highest preferred tourist destinations in India.

Can I go to Ladakh without a package?

Yes, you can go to Ladakh without any package. If can plan your Ladakh tour according to your own choice and itinerary. If you are a solo traveller, you can rent bikes, cars, etc. to enjoy Ladakh tours.

What is the best time to visit Leh Ladakh?

The best time to visit Leh Ladakh is in the summer season because the temperature remains pleasant and delightful at that time. In winter season the valley remains cut off and receives heavy snowfall and the entire valley is covered with thick snow sheets. The temperature ranges from 10 to -5 degrees and sometimes hits below-freezing point. Therefore, the best time to visit Ladakh is in the summer months from May to September. 

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