The most beautiful places of Ladakh

The most beautiful places of Ladakh

The best of Little Tibet

The highly-lying Buddhist part of India attracts more and more visitors each year. No wonder – you will find a unique culture and beautiful wonders of nature. Anyone who will visit Ladakh will rarely not come back soon.

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Pangong tso lake
33.947, 78.438
4 250 m / 13 944 ft

#1 Pangong tso lake

Most beautiful lake in India

On the border between India (Ladakh) and China (Tibet), is very beautiful Lake Pangong Tso (4250 m n. M.). It has a very unique shape: is 134 kilometers long and only 4 km wide. For tourists it is easily accessible from the Indian side.

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Parkachik la pass
34.098, 75.977
4 000 m / 13 123 ft

#2 Parkachik la pass

The most beautiful view of Nun and Kun

Directly above the mighty bend of the Suru River is one of the most beautiful prospects which Ladakh offers. This is amazing view of the monumental pyramid of the Nun Mountain. In addition, neither the views downhill, nor the Suru valley are to be missed.

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Zanskar Canyon
34.023, 77.198
3 170 m / 10 400 ft

#3 Zanskar Canyon

The rocky wilderness

      One of the wildest canyons in the Himalayas is the one along the river Zanskar, the largest tributary of the Indus in Ladakh. Above the river rise and steep rocky hillsides and over the summer it is impassable. In winter you can go through across the ice under the famous trek chadar.

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Suru Valley
34.163, 75.946
3 183 m / 10 443 ft

#4 Suru Valley

The most beautiful valley in Ladakh

The valley of the Sur River is considered to be the most beautiful valley of the whole area of Ladakh. It is mainly due to fairy-tale scenery of green fields in contrast to the glacial Himalayan shields. The whole valley is dominated by the Nun.

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Markha valley
33.957, 77.3
3 436 m / 11 273 ft

#5 Markha valley

Ladakh Trek Classics

In the beautiful Markha River valley, leads perhaps the most famous trek of the entire Ladakh. You will see sharp rocks, original villages and six thousand high mountains. Walking through the Markha valley is one of the unforgettable experiences in Ladakh.

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Thiksey Gompa Monastery
34.056, 77.667
3 312 m / 10 866 ft

#6 Thiksey Gompa Monastery

The most famous monastery in Ladakh

Ladakh is renowned for its beautiful Buddhist monasteries. Probably the most well-known and the most visited of them is in Thiksey. On the one hand, it looks like a small Potala, and there is also a huge statue of Buddha. In addition, the views from the roof top to the Indu Valley are breathtaking

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Léh
34.165, 77.585
3 520 m / 11 549 ft

#7 Léh

The capital city of Ladakh

Leh (3,520m asl), the capital of Ladakh, lies above the Indus Valley on a tactical former trade route over Khardung la pass. Now is very crowdy. For most tourists, this is the starting point for Ladakh's discovery.

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Kang Yatse
33.747, 77.557
6 401 m / 21 001 ft

#8 Kang Yatse

The Queen of Zanskar

Kang Yatse (6,401m asl) / sometimes written as Kang Yisay / is probably the second most famous mountain in Ladakh after Stok Kangri. Trekkers enjoy the view of it, especially during the famous Markha Trek. Its pre-top, ca. 6,200 meters above sea level, is relatively easy to ascent, so it belongs to the targets for collectors of six thousand "tourist" dimensions.

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Lamayuru Gompa Monastery
34.283, 76.774
3 510 m / 11 516 ft

#9 Lamayuru Gompa Monastery

Monastery with a famous festival

On the main road linking Kashmir with Léh stands a significant pilgrimage site - the Lamayur monastery, high above the valley. The monastery is renowned for its colorful Buddhist festivals. At the same time, it is the starting point of the famous Lamayur - Padum trek in Zanskar County

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Stok Kangri
33.986, 77.443
6 153 m / 20 187 ft

#10 Stok Kangri

Famous mountain near Leh

Stok Kangri (6 153m above sea level) is perhaps the most famous, though not the highest, mountain of Ladakh. It's not only because of the beautiful view from Leh on it, but also because it is a relatively light six-thousander.

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Drass Valley
34.427, 75.753
3 077 m / 10 095 ft

#11 Drass Valley

Picturesque valley below the Himalayas

The Dras River springs from the glaciers on the northern side of the Himalayas and flows through the landscape greener than the Ladakh classical. Most of the tourists just pass through this valley, which is a shame because the surroundings of city of Dras are very picturesque and offer plenty of hiking, including a three-day trek to the nearby Suru valley through Umba la

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Shanti Stupa
34.174, 77.575
3 640 m / 11 942 ft

#12 Shanti Stupa

Beautiful view of Leh

Shanti Stupa was built in 1991, but even so it is very nice Buddhist building forming one of the main landmarks of Leh. Unfortunately, it was not the Indians not to disturb the beautiful symmetry of the stupa with a construction of a new house right next to it. View from the stupa is really famous

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Zoji la Pass
34.279, 75.471
3 528 m / 11 575 ft

#13 Zoji la Pass

The toughest pass on the way to Ladakh

If you are traveling to Ladakh from Kashmir or vice versa, you will have to crossed the Zoji la pass (3,528 meters asl). The pass is renowned for its vast amount of snow, frequent landslides and breathtaking views of the valley. Rough is mainly part of the Kashmir side of the road.

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Likir Gompa Monastery
34.293, 77.215
3 721 m / 12 208 ft

#14 Likir Gompa Monastery

Monastery with a Giant Buddha

Likir Monastery is worth visiting just for the giant statue of the sitting Buddha. Moreover, the surroundings are very nice. The most beautiful views of the monastery are from the driveway from a relative distance.

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Hemis Gompa Monastery
33.913, 77.703
3 697 m / 12 129 ft

#15 Hemis Gompa Monastery

Monastery high above Indus River

The Hemis Gompa Monastery is one of the most famous in the surroundings of town of Léh. Monastery has a colorfulness and picturesque courtyard. The monastery is built in a narrow side valley, high above the Indus River

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Chemrey Gompa Monastery
33.959, 77.789
3 650 m / 11 975 ft

#16 Chemrey Gompa Monastery

A picturesque monastery on a rock promontory

Forty-five kilometres from Leh, on the way to the fairytale lake of Pangong tso, the picturesque Chemrey Monastery lies on a hill above the oasis between the desert mountains. It is surprising that, being one of the most beautiful in Ladakh, few tourists are visited.

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Khardung la Pass
34.279, 77.605
5 359 m / 17 582 ft

#17 Khardung la Pass

False highest motorized pass in the worl

Khardung la Pass (5 359 m asl) is probably the most famous Indian road pass, mainly due to the fact that it has for decades erroneously been stated as the highest motorized pass of the world. Even so, it's very interesting tourist spot, mainly due to its proximity to the capital of Ladakh - Leh and to the gate into the valley of Nubra.

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Taglang la Pass
33.508, 77.77
5 328 m / 17 480 ft

#18 Taglang la Pass

The highest point of the road Manali-Leh

Taglang la Pass (5 328 m asl) belongs among the three highest accessible road passes in Ladakh. It is also the highest point of the famous Himalayan road from Leh to Manali.

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Wakha Canyon
34.562, 76.144
2 752 m / 9 029 ft

#19 Wakha Canyon

The canyon directly above Kargil

Wakha is a significant tributary of the Sur River. In addition, its valley runs an important road from Kargil to Leh. Directly over Kargil River flows through a picturesque canyon - an ideal place for a half-day stroll.

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Fotu la Pass
34.289, 76.702
4 094 m / 13 432 ft

#20 Fotu la Pass

The highest point on the road Srinagar-Léh

Fotu la Pass (4 094 m asl) is the highest pass on the long road from Kashmir to Ladakh. It lies in an interesting moonscape of weathered flat ridges, over which rise sharp rocks.  

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