Leh Old Town
Located on the foothills of the beautiful Leh Namgyal Palace, the narrow streets and the old buildings
of Old town will take you centuries back into the history of Ladakh. Uphill on the small hill stands the centuries old Leh Palace, built in the 17th century by King Singey Namgyal. Back then it was the royal palace of the kings of Namgyal Dynasty of Ladakh. Adjoining to the Leh Palace at a little higher altitude stands Tsemo Monastery. Namgyal Tsemo Monastery or Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is a Buddhist monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, northern India. Founded in 1430 by King Tashi Namgyal of Ladakh, it has a three-story high gold statue of Maitreya Buddha and ancient manuscripts and frescoes.
If you wish to see the art of nature, Lamayuru is the ultimate place to be. Known for its mystic terrain “Moonland”, the village is located at a distance of 108 Km from Leh town. Lamayuru Monastery is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh, with a population of around 150 permanent monks resident. It has, in the past, housed up to 400 monks, many of which are now based in gompas in surrounding villages. Lamayuru is host to two annual masked dance festivals in the second and fifth months of the Tibetan lunar calendar, when all the monks from these surrounding gompas gather together to pray.
Standing at an elevation of 20,182 ft. Stok Kangri is the most adventurous place for trekking lovers. With its deserted surroundings and whitish peak, it offers trekkers an opportunity to experience the complete peace.
Confluence of Indus and Zanskar River
The Confluence at Nimmu provides a spectacular view of the rivers of two different colors meeting together at one place, which seems as if God himself has drawn on the canvas board. One can enjoy the view driving for around 20 mins from Leh covering a distance of around 30 Km’s. On the way you can also see the famous Magnetic Hill and Gurdura Pathar Saheb.
Situated at a distance of 163 Km from Leh, the two villages of Dah and Hanu are inhabited by remnants of Dards (Drokpas). The Drokpa community is considered to be the last race of Aryans, confined and preserved in this valley for centuries. Located at an altitude lower than the rest of Ladakh region, the area is warm and is well known for its vegetation and the diverse form of fruits found here.
Can be termed as the ocean of the mountains at a height of 4267m above sea level. The richest deep blue color of the water makes it quite unique and creates a magical view. The drive from Leh to Pangong (120 Km) takes around 6 Hours passing thourgh Changla. On your way you’ll get to see the real nomadic people of Ladakh engaging in their daily livelihood activities.
Located at a distance of 125 Km from Leh Town on the banks of Shyok River, Nubra valley is the home for double-humped camels. Passing through Khardung-la Pass (Highest Motorable Road in the world), the drive from Leh to Nubra Valley takes around 4-6 hours. Experience the Balti culture of Turtuk village located on the Indo-Pak border. You can also enjoy the ride of Asiatic Bacterian Camels in Hunder Nubra.
Monasteries and Buddhist Temples.
Travelling to Ladakh also means finding way to salvation. Find inner peace in the land of “Lamas” by exploring the divine monasteries. Some of the famous monasteries around Leh are Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Stakna Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Likir Monastery, Chemdey Monastery. Since Ladakh is known for is monasteries and stark Tibetan Buddhism tradition, the area provides an ample of opportunities to visit these monasteries spread across the whole Ladakh region.