Places to visit in Ladakh: Ladakh, or La-dvags as it is known in Tibetan, is the "land of high passes". A land known for its monasteries, its mountain peaks, its adventure and thrills. Ladakh tourism is a year-round draw, whether it is summer or winter.
Pangong lake is an endorheic (landlocked) lake situated at 4350 meters. Also known as Pangong Tso it is 12 kilometres long and extends from India to Tibet. It is famous amongst tourists as Ladakh lake, the spot where the Bollywood movie "3 Idiots" was shot.
Khadung La is one of the highest motorable roads in India at an elevation of 5602 metres. It serves as the gateway to Shyok and Nubra Valley. An inner line permit is required to visit Khardung La from October to May.
Nubra Valley is famous for its Bactrian camel rides, orchards and monasteries. Surrounded by snow-dusted Himalayan mountains, it can be reached via Khardung La. The valley lies in the union territory of Ladakh, at a distance of around 140 Km from Leh.
A Buddhist temple with a white dome is called the Shanti Stupa. For Buddhists, it is a sacred place because it contains Buddha relics that the 14th Dalai Lama has dedicated. During the full moon night, it appears especially lovely.
At 4,595 metres above sea level, Tso Moriri is the largest high altitude lake in India. It is Pangong Lake's twin. It is only accessible during the summer, and entry requires an inner line permit.
The well-known Magnetic Hill in Ladakh is a cyclops hill where cars appear to roll upward rather than downward. It is 30 km from Leh in the direction of Kargil.
The alluring Zanskar Valley is situated in the Kargil district, about 105 kilometres east of Ladakh. Along with unique flora and fauna, the semi-desert area is bordered by snow-capped mountains and sparkling clean rivers. Suru Valley is the most direct route from Kargil to Zanskar.
20 kilometres south of Leh is the Tibetan-style monastery known as Thiksey Monastery. The Maitreya Temple, home to a 15-meter-tall Maitreya Buddha statue, is the main attraction. It is the biggest statue of its kind in Ladakh.
The Hall of Fame is a museum that was created in honour of the valiant soldiers who gave their lives fighting for India during the Indo-Pakistan War and is situated about 4 km from Leh on the Leh-Kargil Road.
The Indus and Zanskar Rivers meet at Sangam in Ladakh. At this point, the two rivers can be seen separately coming together. The Zanskar River appears muddy green, in contrast to the Indus River's shiny blue appearance.
Kargil is located close to the Line of Control, with Kashmir Valley to the south and Baltistan, which is administered by Pakistan, to the west. The valleys of Suru, Wakha, and Dras are all a part of the Kargil district, as is Zanskar. In 1999, Kargil served as the focal point of a conflict between India and Pakistan.
The Shey Palace, also known as Shey Monastery, is a historic monastery. It once served as Ladakh's summer capital but is now largely in ruins. It offers breathtaking panoramic views and is perched atop a hill. The 39-foot-tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue is the focal point of the monastery. To visit the monastery, a special permit must be obtained.
On the banks of the Shyok River, in the Ladakh region's Nubra Valley, is a small village called Turtuk. It is a remote location that only became accessible to tourists in 2010. Surreal is the picture-perfect village with its little houses and fields. During the winter, it is cut off from Ladakh for six months.
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