Ladakh is a mountainous region in northwest Jammu and Kashmir in north Indiaand in the area known as the Trans-Himalaya, (the lands beyond the Himalaya:Tibet, Xinjiang and northern Pakistan).Ladakh offers exciting opportunity for trekking, river-rafting, Rumbak and Markha in Leh are perfect places for trekking. There are many monasteries which are major Tourist attractions in Ladakh like the Hemis monastery which is the major monastery in Ladakh. Ladakh is popular for the massive painting of the Buddha which is displayed once in 11 years. Visitors can also enjoy boating on river Indus. Chamba Temple, Leh Palace Shanti Stupa and Leh fort are the other attractions of Ladakh.
The best way to explore Ladakh is to set up base in Leh, its capital city. From here, drive off to any direction and you’ll only find pristine beauty and serenity. You can either drive to the mountains of Kargil or to Sham Valley, to visit the regions and monasteries of Alchi, Likir and Lamayuru.
Tourist Attractions in Ladakh
Shanti Stupa: Shanti Stupa is an impressive white-domed structure in Changspa and was built by a Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. Ladakh Shanti Stupa was inaugurated in 1983 by the Dalai Lama. It is an approx 5 kilometers away from city of Leh. Tourists can see spectacular views of the sunset and sunrise from the Shanti Stupa.
Leh Palace: is a former royal palace overlooking the Ladakh Himalayan town of Leh. Modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. It is nine storeys high; the upper floors accommodated the royal family, while the lower floors held stables and store rooms. The Palace has nine stories which are in ruins now. The main features of this place are massive buttressed walls and overhanging wooden balconies.
Hemis Monastery: is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage, located in Hemis, Ladakh (within the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir). Situated 45 km from Leh, the monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. The annual Hemis festival honoring Padmasambhava is held here in early June.
Nubra Valley: is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh district, India.Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachen River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The Shyok river is a tributary of the Indus river. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La pass from Leh town. Non-locals require an Inner Line Permit (obtainable in DC office, Leh town) to enter Nubra. Here, you'll witness towering snow-capped mountains standing formidably and looking absolutely merciless as you descend down a wide valley coloured white by pebble stones and crisscrossed all turquoise and opal-blue by the tributaries of River Shyok. Just the sight if this play of nature will make your jaws drop as you drive down the silky smooth BRO roads, awestruck with wonder.
The major attractions apart from the mountain scenery and Shyok river basin to this region are cold desert and bactrian camels and hot water springs of Panamik. Yes, there is a desert with sand dunes around Deskit and Hunder which host bactrian camels who have two humps reminding us of old times when this region was a part of Silk Route to Central Asia.