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Written by Sairam on June 5, 2020 Share on

Visit to Leh Ladakh – An Out of the World Experience

Ladakh is one of the most beautiful places in India and the world. Ladakh, a place like no other, boasts of natural terrains, beautiful mountain ranges, the purest lakes and rivers and snows that cap the entire region. Read on to find about some of the best places to experience on your visit to Ladakh.

Best places to experience on your visit to Ladakh

Zanskar Valley

The Zanskar valley is one of the most popular attractions in and around Leh Ladhak and is one of the best places to visit. This desolate valley in the Himalayas is covered with steep slopes and snow-clad mountains. The Zanskar river and its tributaries run right through the valley. These tributaries of the river also make Zanskar valley one of the best places for river rafting in the entire country. Adventure enthusiasts from all over the country and the world come to visit Ladakh to quench their thirst for adventure and this is a perfect activity for them.

While one is at Ladakh, this is one of the places that definitely cannot be missed. The best time to visit would be between June to September. This is when the roads are clear and the snow is moderate and suitable for exploration. The valley is shut down the rest of the year thanks to the climate.

Zanskar Valley
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Pangong Tso Lake

The Pangong Tso Lake is one of the most iconic and yet breathtaking attractions in Leh Ladakh. The lake is located in the Changtang plateau region on the eastern side of Ladakh. The lake offers an awesome view and is one of the best camping sites in Ladakh. This is a very popular campsite now as a lot of people are visiting Ladakh during its peak season. If you are someone who wants to have the place entirely for yourself, you can visit the Pangong Tso Lake during its offseason when it is relatively unexplored.

The Pangong Tso Lake has also been a very popular destination for film shooting in Leh Ladakh. This is the location in which the famous climax of the super hit movie 3 Idiots was shot at. Remember the scene where Kareena Kapoor expresses her love for Aamir? Yes, that is here.

June to September is usually the best time to visit the Pangong Tso Lake as it is the season with the best weather.

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Kargil is the second largest town in Leh Ladakh and is a place that one cannot miss during their visit to this paradise on earth. Kargil is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ladakh and is situated in the banks of the Indus river. Kargil also acts as an important transit point for people who are travelling to Leh, Padum, Zanskar or Srinagar.

Kargil is also one of the most famous adventure sports destinations in this part of the country. Thousands of people wanting to indulge in some adrenaline-pumping activities, come to visit Kargil every year. One can experience mountain biking, mountaineering, trekking and camping here in Kargil. Make sure to plan your day and pack accordingly so that you have enough runway to experience everything that Kargil has to offer.

The summer season between May to July is usually the best time to visit Kargil. The climate is cold and the nights are frigid.

Khardung-la Pass

The Khardung-la Pass is famously known as the gateway of the North. This Khardung-la pass while is not a tourist destination per se, It is one of the most iconic roadways that should be visited on your way to Ladakh.

The Khardung-la Pass is the gateway that leads you into the Nubra and Shyok valleys. It is one place that all adventurers want to visit, for its terrains, views and everything that it has to offer.

The Khardung-la Pass is maintained by the border roads organization of India and is one of the most difficult and yet the most thrilling rides to embark on. The best time to experience the Khardung-la Pass is during the summer season. Between May to September is when the Khardung-la sees its best climate during the year.

Khardung-la Pass
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Nubra Valley

The famous Nubra valley is one of the best places to visit in the Leh Ladakh region. This paradise on earth takes the visitor to an Arabian desert night like experience. The Nubra valley, recognized as one of the top 5 best places to visit in Ladakh, is an experience like nothing else.

This tri-armed valley towards the northeast is famous for its two-humped camels and the Arabian desert-like terrains. Be sure to take your cameras with you as these terrains are sure to export you to a whole new world.

Nubra Valley
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While you are at the Nubra valley, do not miss out on seeing the attractions surrounding it. One of the most famous attraction in the vicinity is the Samstanling Monastery, which is a must-visit for the serenity and peacefulness that the environment provides. The hot sulphur springs in the Panamik village is yet another attraction that should not be missed. The autumn season between July to September is the best time to visit the Nubra Valley and to experience it at its best climatic condition.

The Magnetic Hill of Ladakh

The Magnetic Hill of Ladakh is one of the most unique experiences that one has on their visit to the Leh Ladakh region in India. You must be wondering why it was named as the Magnetic hill? Let me clear that first. The science behind this marvel is unknown to us, but if you are to park your vehicle at the base of the hill without enabling the brake lock, you will eventually start seeing your vehicle slowly moving upwards on the hill. This magic is nothing but the superpowers of the gravity of this place. The mystical place should be on your list of places to visit in Ladakh.

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