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  • Surround yourself with serenity and gain memorable experiences when you stay at one of the splendid hotels in Ladakh. Offering a peaceful getaway from all the tensions of life, Ladakh is a beautiful land that promises to enchant all the travellers.

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    Whether you are seeking an adventurous rendezvous or looking for a holiday that redefines the term offbeat, Ladakh is the place to be. With a boom in tourism in recent times, it is witnessed that many interesting places to stay in Ladakh have come up to promise a memorable vacation to the tourists on their tour packages of Leh Ladakh.

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    Not only there are homestays that give a glimpse of Ladakhi culture but also there are many lavish hotels that make your stay hard to forget with their exceptional amenities. One can experience the warm hospitality of their culture at these hotels in Ladakh and take back home numerous memories to cherish forever. 

    Scroll down to know more about the best hotels to stay in Ladakh for your next vacation: 

  • 01The Grand Dragon

    One of the most elite hotels in Ladakh, The Grand Dagon is the place to be for enjoying a spectacular holiday tour package of Ladakh. Offering a surreal view of the Cold Desert and the mountains, this hotel is known for its beautiful surroundings. Famous for its eco-friendly setup, the Grand Dragon offers deluxe and premium room for its guests. 

    The foodies here can look forward to enjoying Kashmiri, Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes at Taste of Grand Dragon Restaurant. Some of the notable attractions of staying at The Grand Dragon include availing amenities like a garden cum amphitheatre, conference hall and the in-house bakery Sojla bakery that offers delicious goodies.

    Location: Ladakh Old Road – Sheynam, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

    Price: INR 8800

    Facilities: Outdoor fireplace, picnic area, terrace, garden, games room, steam room, fitness centre, jacuzzi, restaurant, coffee house, parking garage, indoor play area, gift shop, banquet facilities etc.

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  • 03Hotel The Zen Ladakh

    Escape the hustle and bustle of your life with a surreal stay at The Zen Ladakh. Featuring a number of modern amenities, the Zen Ladakh is one of the most luxurious Ladakh hotels. Offering a glimpse of the wonderful scenery of Ladakh, the Zen Ladakh offers 44 well-appointed rooms that are categorised as rooms, cottages and suites.

    Each room here has facilities like LED tv, coffee maker, attached bathroom, telephone etc. The Zen Ladakh is also known for offering a number of culinary delights by having an in-house restaurant that serves Continental, Indian, Chinese, Kashmiri Wazwan, Mughlai, Italian, Tibetan, Ladakhi, vegetarian and Jain food.

    Sheldan Fort Road, Leh Ladakh Jammu and Kashmir, 194101

    Price: INR 7000 

    Facilities: Terrace, garden, swimming pool, fitness rooms, spa facilities, fitness centre, sauna, games room, Ayurveda centre, airport shuttle, local culture tours etc. 

    Don't forget to check out the Delhi to Leh guide before you start planning your next trip.
  • 04Hotel Lasermo

    Wake up to gorgeous views of the Himalayas when you stay at Hotel Lasermo in Ladakh. With 31 double rooms, 5 VIP suites and 2 deluxe rooms, Hotel Lasermo is an ideally located hotel in Ladakh to stay during your vacation. 

    Overlooking the garden and terrace, rooms in Hotel Lasermo are well equipped with all modern conveniences like television, telephone, wardrobe, coffee table, chairs, tea/coffee maker, antiques, wall art, night lamp, bedside chest drawers, makeup mirror and comfortable bed.

    There is also a 
    multi-cuisine restaurant where one can enjoy the sumptuous Ladakhi food. Offering a comfortable stay to the guests, Hotel Lasermo is a splendid place located in the beautiful surroundings of Ladakh making it a peaceful place to stay for travellers during their Manali Leh Srinagar bike expedition

    Location: Chulung Old Road, Leh-Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

    Price: Starting INR 7000

    Facilities: Room service, parking facilities, doctor on call, money exchange facilities, shopping mall, pool table, WiFi, tourist reception centre, central heating in winter etc. 

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  • 05Hotel Silver Cloud

    Experience the warm hospitality of Ladakhi culture by staying at the beautiful boutique hotel Silver Cloud in Ladakh. Boasting of traditionally designed rooms that offer all the modern amenities, Silver Cloud is one of the best hotels in Ladakh. The intricate designs on the walls, wood flooring and traditional bare beam ceilings showcase the grandeur of Ladakhi culture at Silver Cloud. 

    Run by a family, Silver Cloud is where you can feel at home with all the comforts and amenities of a hotel. For those who like an adventurous getaway, Silver Cloud offers a number of activities like bike tours, walking tours, cycling, hiking etc. which are some famous sports adventures of Ladakh.

    Location: Sanker Dumbang, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

    Price: INR 4593

    Facilities: Sun terrace, garden, live music performance, restaurant, airport shuttle, currency exchange, tour desk, shared lounge, car hire, etc.

  • 06Hotel Classic Ladakh

    One of the most beautiful budget hotels in Ladakh, Hotel Classic Ladakh is located just 2 kilometres away from Leh palace. In the midst of verdant green lawns, Hotel Classic Ladakh offers 10 well-appointed rooms that are fitted with all facilities. Guests here can avail a number of amenities in the rooms like tea/coffee maker, room heater, wake-up call service, and en-suite bathroom with hot/cold water facility and toiletries. 

    Moreover, there are other popular activities which you can enjoy while staying at Hotel Classic Ladakh are car rental, bike rental at some extra charge. For the tourists, Hotel Classic Ladakh is a great pick as you can see a number of tourist places like Sankar Gompa(800 m), Datun Sahib Gurudwara(950 m), Leh Palace(1 km), Namgial Tsemo(2 km), Taisuru Stupa(2 km) from here.

    Location: Karzu Road, Upper Karzo, Sankar, Ladakh, Leh, 194101

    Price: INR 3000

    Facilities: Free kitchen, medical facilities, free WiFi, breakfast service, parking, restaurant, doctor on call.

    The best way to experience Ladakh is via a Manali to Leh route, passing majestic mountains, clear blue rivers and lakes, hot springs, and much more.

  • 07Hotel Stok House

    Enjoy a peaceful stay at Stok House if you are looking to feel rejuvenated and refreshed with your vacation in Ladakh. Boasting of beautiful surroundings, Stok House is one of the nicest leisure hotels in Ladakh. There are clean rooms known for their brilliant artwork in their design and layout along with offering all the modern facilities to make your stay comfortable. 

    Each room here comes with a number of conveniences like a comfortable bed, television set, and an attached bathroom with the facility of hot and cold running water. One of the most amazing things about staying at Stok House is their warm and friendly guest service.

    Location: Stok House, Village Stok, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Price: N/A

    Facilities: Parking, room service, outdoor activities, bicycle rental, etc.

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  • 08Hotel The Indus Valley

    One of the most sought-after places to stay in Ladakh, The Indus Valley should be on top of your list if you wish to enjoy a memorable getaway. With an upmarket location, guests here can see numerous places like War Museum, Shanti Stupa, Soma Gompa and Namgyal Tsemo Gompa.

    Here the rooms offer a number of facilities like a flat screen TV, private bathroom, rooms with balcony etc. The hotel have a friendly staff.  Along with enjoying a comfortable stay in the rooms, the Indus Valley boasts of offering other activities like live sports events, live music performances, bike tours, horse riding, cycling, hiking, barbeque facilities etc. The place hosts many travellers who are on their road trip to Leh Ladakh.

    Location: Upper Chulung, Fort Rd, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

    Price: INR 4700 

    Facilities: Outdoor fireplace, picnic area, BBQ facilities, garden, on-site coffee house, bar, restaurant, parking, tour desk, indoor play area, airport shuttle, gift shop, family rooms etc.
  • 09Gomang Boutique Hotel – The Royal Abode

    Surrounded by the mesmerizing beauty of Himalayas, Gomang Boutique Hotel is one of the most luxurious Ladakh hotels. Boasting of its classic grandeur, Gomang Boutique Hotel is known for its lavish rooms, world-class service and a range of modern amenities. Offering comfort and tranquillity to all the guests, this place is where you can relax and enjoy a great absorbing the surreal views of Stok mountain range. 

    One of the most fascinating things about staying at Gomang Boutique Hotel is their library that houses more than 3000 books and is a wonderful delight for all the bibliophiles. Not only Gomang Boutique Hotel is a great spot to soak in luxury but also helps you get acclimatized to the tough weather conditions of Ladakh

    Location: Gomang Boutique Hotel, Changspa Road, Leh-Ladakh, India

    Price: INR 9,000 onwards, per night

    Facilities: Free internet, restaurant, breakfast included, family rooms, room service, parking etc.

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  • 10Sangto Villa Hotel

    Located in the centre of the city, Sangto Villa Resort is one of the best hotels in Ladakh if you are looking for some located close to the bus stand and other tourist attractions. Sangto Villa Resort boasts of elegantly designed rooms that are great for enjoying a cozy stay and regain your peace of mind. 

    Equipped with all the modern amenities, these rooms at Sangto Villa Resort are well appointed with amenities like TV, cable channels, private bathroom, showers etc. For the gastronomes, Sangto Villa Resort is a delight as it comes along with an in-house multi-cuisine restaurant that is great at serving Indian and international delicacies.  

    Location: Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Leh-Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Price: N/A

    Facilities: Restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and free breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, free self-parking, wireless Internet access, room service (during limited hours) and showers.

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  • 11Hotel City Palace

    Offering a warm and comfortable stay, Hotel City is one of the most economical hotels offering modern amenities in Ladakh. The hotel promises a wonderful stay to its guests in the centrally heated spacious room and pleasing your eyes with a delightful glimpse of Himalayas from its windows. 

    The budget hotel comes along with a nice outdoor area where one can spend a great time enjoying the sunsets while sipping a hot cup of tea. Hotel City Palace is a great spot to enjoy the nearby tourist attractions of Leh and the main market which are located just a few minutes away for the tourists. Some of the popular places which you can see while staying here are Tsas Soma Masjid, Hall of Fame and Moti Market.

    Location: Upper Tukcha Road, Leh-Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Price: INR 3,700 onwards, per night

    Facilities: Laundry, doctor-on-call, room service, Wi-Fi Internet access, travel desk, restaurant, parking, currency exchange etc.

  • 12Hotel Namgyal Palace

    Gift yourself an experience of a lifetime when you stay at the Hotel Namgyal Palace when you are visiting Ladakh on your next vacation. Offering well-appointed rooms that are differentiated as Single room, Double room, Deluxe room and suite room, Hotel Namgyal Palace is where you can choose among a range of accommodation.

    The place is known for its rejuvenating ambience and is an idyllic getaway for all those who wish to enjoy the serenity of Ladakh at its best. The hotel boasts of a fine amalgamation between contemporary design and classical Ladakhi hospitality and leaves nothing undone to make it a fine stay for all the guests on their vacation especially for the adventurers who are on their Manali Leh bike expedition.

    Location: Namgyal Palace, Fort Road Leh, Leh-194101, Ladakh

    Price: INR 3500

    Facilities: LCD satellite television, telephone with international dialling, internet access, restaurant etc.

  • 13Sia-la Hotel

    For those searching Budget hotels in Ladakh, Sia La Guest house is a perfect abode for your vacation. Offering you a traditional Ladakhi getaway in the company of a Ladakhi family, Sia-la Guest House is a nice accommodation to enjoy an escape from your life.

    With 20 rooms categorised as single, double, family 3 beds and family 4 beds having all basic amenities, guests at Sia-la Guest house have a variety of options to chose from. The hotel also boasts of delighting you its in house restaurant that will serve you a number of Indian and multi-cuisine dishes.

    Also, there are a number of popular places to visit in the Ladakh like Tibetan market, Leh Palace, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Thiksey Monastery, War Museum etc. 

    Location: Fort Road, Ladakh, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

    Price: INR 3100 onwards 

    doctor on call, business centre, room service, luggage storage, airport pickup, car/scooty/bike rental, kids play area etc.
  • 14The Druk Ladakh

    Treat yourself with a luxurious getaway at the Druk Ladakh when you are there on your next holiday. Promising you a comfortable accommodation that boast of all modern conveniences, the Druk Ladakh is one of the most favourite hotels in Ladakh for luxury seekers.

    Offering 28 standard rooms, 2 luxurious suites and 42 deluxe rooms, the Druk Ladakh has a number of options to chose from for its guests. Not only it pleases you with a lavish treatment, but also offers easy access to a number of popular tourist places like Namgyal Tsemo Monastery and Shanti Stupa.

    Guests here can also avail amenities like enjoying a casual stroll in its beautiful garden and enjoying a mouthwatering meal at their in-house restaurant. 

    Location: Hotel Druk Ladakh, Shanti stupa Road, Yurtung, Leh-194101, Ladakh (India)

    INR 6000

    24-hour room service, a 24-hour reception and a tour desk

    One of the many wonderful activities that the landscape of Ladakh offers its guests is river rafting. Rafting in Ladakh is one of the most adventurous activitiy that you must try in ladakh.
  • 15Hotel Omasila

    Snuggled between the mesmerising mountain range and verdant greenery, Hotel Omasila is one of the best hotels in Ladakh to have a great holiday. The place is known for its old world Ladakhi décor and a beautiful terrace that offers a gorgeous view of the flowers and mountains.

    With 25 standard rooms, 4 deluxe rooms and 9 suites, Hotel Omasila is a wonderful with a range of options to choose from for your accommodation. The rooms offer a great view of the panoramic mountains and come along with all modern amenities.

    One of the best things about staying at Hotel Omasila is that it remains open even during the winters and is an ideal option for tourists who come here to witness the offbeat ice hockey matches, venturing on Chadar trek and other winter treks in Ladakh.

    Guests here can relish a delicious meal at their dining hall where a number of Indian, Continental and Chinese dishes made from organic vegetables are served. 

    Hotel Omasila, Changspa Road, Leh Ladakh, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 

    INR 4000

    Cybercafé, travel desk, dining hall, garden, on site terrace lawn, etc. 

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  • 16Hotel Ladakh Residency

    For those looking budget Ladakh hotels, Ladakh residency is an ideal place to crash with your bags. Encompassed by picturesque surroundings, Ladakh residency is located in the centre of the city. While staying here, tourists can enjoy sightseeing to a number of places like Pangong Lake, Hall of Fame, Thiksey Monastery, Changla Pass and Gurdwara Pathar Sahib.

    Boasting of traditional design and architecture, Ladakh residency is a great place to enjoy a comfortable stay. The well-furnished rooms here offer amenities like LCD television, direct dial phone, running water and essential bathroom toiletries. Along with a number of other amenities, Ladakh Residency is a place where you can enjoy a splendid stay on a budget. 

    Changspa, Ladakh, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

    Price: N/A 

    Facilities: Banquet hall, restaurant, housekeeping, airport shuttle, room service etc.
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  • 17Hotel Ladakh Greens

    Enjoy the serenity of Ladakh with a splendid stay at Hotel Ladakh Greens. Away from the chaos of the city, Hotel Ladakh Greens is where you can soak in the vast expanses of green landscapes and enjoy a comfortable stay.

    The rooms here promise you a visual delight with a view of the enchanting mountains and help you relax with their set of modern amenities. One of the best things about Hotel Ladakh Greens is their beautiful garden where you can enjoy sumptuous meals and witness the panoramic views.

    The hotel is located centrally and also offers you a quiet escape from the crowds. One can also enjoy a number of recreational facilities while staying at Hotel Ladakh Greens to make the most of their vacation. 

    Location: Lower Tukcha Road, Leh-Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    INR 3,500 onwards 

    Facilities: 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage.

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  • 18Hotel The Maitreya

    Offering myriad amenities to make your stay memorable in the beautiful landscapes of Ladakh, the Maitreya Ladakh is a nice hotel for a vacation. The budget accommodation features a number of amenities like a garden and a terrace. 

    The rooms here are come along with facilities like wardrobe, television, separate sitting area, makeup mirror and attached bathroom with hot and cold running water facility. The restaurant here is known for offering a delicious continental and Asian breakfast.

    Location: Katpa-Sankar Road, Opposite Lamdon School, Leh Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

    Price: Starting INR 4500  

    Facilities: Restaurant/bar, room service, airport shuttle, business centre, banquet facilities, conference hall, WiFi internet, terrace, garden, family rooms, parking etc.

    Referred to as 'Mini Tibet', this is a land overflowing with Buddhist culture, traditions and intricately built monasteries in Ladakh. Don't miss out witness some of them on your next trip.

  • 19Hotel Ladakh Imperial

    Exuding traditional design and architecture, Hotel Ladakh Imperial is one of the best places to stay in Ladakh. Offering all the modern amenities to make your stay comfortable, guests staying here are in for a wonderful holiday.

    The place offers easy reach to most places of interest in Ladakh like Main Bazaar, Shanti Stupa, Soma Gompa, War Museum etc. The value for money accommodation is a great deal for budget travellers and backpackers in Ladakh. 

    Location: GH Road Skara, Near Ladakh Public School Leh Ladakh 194101, J&K India

    INR 4700 onwards 

    Airport pickup and drop, car parking, laundry service, WiFi, room service, doctor on call, buffet meals, cultural evenings etc. 

    Leh Ladakh is a dream come true destination. A vast landscape of enchanting and unspoiled natural beauty. Check out the Srinagar to Leh guide before you start planning your next trip.
  • 20Skitsal Hotel

    Immerse yourself in a wonderful experience of enjoying Ladakhi culture and hospitality when you stay at Skitsal Hotel. This comfortable homestay is run by a nice Ladakhi lady and located in Karzoo in Leh.

    In the midst of the beautiful village of Stok, Skitsal Hotel is where you can spend a great holiday and enjoy the surreal views of the surroundings. All those who are looking to escape the monotony and spend some time in the realm of nature, Skitsal Hotel is the place to be where you can enjoy a holiday with all amenities.

    There is also an inhouse restaurant that promises to cajole your taste buds with continental breakfast and American cuisine. Adventure lovers while staying here can also enjoy cycling and biking in their free time. 

    Location: Hotel Skitsal, Stok Valley Trek, Stok, Leh, Ladakh


    sightseeing arrangements, airport pickups, candlelight dinners, 24-hour power backup, spacious parking facilities, travel-related assistance, phone and fax, doctor on call, luggage storage for trekking and mountaneering groups, laundry service, postal assistance.

    Here is the list of some Best Treks in Ladakh to experience the best of Ladakh.

Attractions in Ladakh

Trekking in Ladakh

Camping in Ladakh

Tent stays in Ladakh

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Cycling in Ladakh



Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favourite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five-hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.


Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri-armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except for the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the centre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

To see the pure, rugged face of nature, One must visit Ladakh once in their lifetime.


Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.


Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.


Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.


The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.


Lamayuru Monastery

The high elevation where Lamayuru Monastery is located at amuses every traveler comes here. Existing on Leh-Srinagar Highway, around 15 kms east of the Fotu La, the monastery is perched on a height of 3510 meters. The murals, frescoes and the images of Buddha have created an interesting setting inside this famous Buddhist temple.


Lamayuru Monastery was originally the monastery belonged to Bon and the name means Swastika which symbolized eternity. The history says that an Indian scholar named Naropa caused a lake to dry up and there founded Lamayuru Monastery. Seng ge Sgang is the oldest building surviving which is dedicated to the builder-monk, Rinchen Zangpo.

The structure of the monastery

There were actually five buildings in the beginning and still one can find the remaining of the four buildings located in the corner. In the past there, were up to 400 monks and currently there are 100 monks residing in the monastery. There is a small temple can be seen which is dedicated to Avalokiteshwara.

Location: The monastery is located at a distance of 127 km from Leh in the Lamayuru region. You can reach the monastery via road by bus or jeep.

Timings: It is open on all days from 06:00 am to 06:00 pm.

Entry fee: INR 30 per person

Highlights: There will be two annual Mask Dance festivals happen which is the most suitable time to visit the monastery.


Alchi Monastery

After the endless mountain peaks, green valleys, high passes, monasteries in Ladakh are the prime factors behind the huge number of visitors to the paradise every year. Alchi Monastery, a group of Buddhist shrines is now a remarkable landmark and a must visit tourist attraction in Leh. The rugged valleys, uneven mountain terrains etc are creating a flamboyant view from the monastery and make the travelers feel elevated. Alchi is a part of the three villages that together constitute to the Alchi Group of Monuments.


Alchi Monastery and its current guardians are grateful the great translator Rinchen Zangpo who was the reason behind the construction of the monastery. He built it in the AD 1000 and there were 32 wood carvers and sculptors from Kashmir to help him. But when the Gelug sect decided to shift the activities to Likir Monastery permanently, it turned to be the administrative shrine of the Alchi Gompa, officially.

Structure of the monastery

Alchi Monastic Complex has three principal shrines named the Dukhang or Assembly Hall, the Sumtseng and the temple of Manjushri. Chortens have a special space inside the complex. The wall paintings seen inside are dating back to the spiritual and artistic nuances found in Buddhism and Hindu Kingdoms. Like we seen in other monasteries, here also, you will find the huge statues of Buddha and several wood carvings and art works appearing in Baroque style.

Location: The monastery is located in Alchi Village in the Leh District, 70 km from Leh.

Timing: May to September on all days: from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm.

Entry Fee: For Indians: INR 25, For Foreigners: INR 50

Highlights: The views from the monastery have attracted a lot of film production sets. Good photographic location as well.


Royal Leh Palace

A nine storey high building displays the influence of Potala Palace in Lhasa is the famed Royal Leh Palace that stands with its head high on a cliff top overlooking the ravishing Leh town. Leh Palace is a must visit during anyone’s tour of Ladakh region as it has been standing there as a symbol of the old glorious days of the royal family lived here. The top floors accommodated the members of the regal community and the low floors were occupied by stables and stores.


In the 17th century, King Sengge Namgyal led the construction of Leh Palace and it gained fame in a short span of time. Later, it was termed as an architectural icon and the symbol of pride and glory of Leh. The history says that during the time when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh, Leh Palace was abandoned and the members of the family were asked to move to Stok Palace. The Archeological Survey of India has restored the valuable ruins of the palace and opened to the public as a remarkable tourist attraction.

Structure of the palace

There is a monastery behind the palace which is a part of the palace and there you will find the statue of a seating Buddha in there in the monastery behind the palace. On the walls of the palace, you will see the old pictures and paintings including Tibetan thangka.

Timings: The palace is open to the public on all days from 07:00 am to 04:00 pm

Entry fee: For Indians: INR 20 and for Foreigners: INR 100

Location: Leh Palace is closely located to the town. Visitors can reach the palace by walking from Leh town as it is about 5 kms away from there.


Zanskar valley

The Zanskar Range is the mountain range in Jammu and Kashmir that acts as the separating line between Ladakh and Zanskar. The Zanskar Range is a part of the Tethys Himalayas, formed with weakly transformed sedimentary series. The average height of the Zanskar Range is 6000 meters. It is an inevitable spot for adventure lovers during their adrenaline rushing trekking trips to the Trans Himalayas every year.

On the way to Zanskar Valley, one will come across the incredible Suru Valley which puts forth a decent trekking experience to adventure lovers. Zanskar is alluring always with its brightly shining mountain peaks and the presumably attracting villages, sometimes, it looks overshadowing the relishing Changthang Region as well. Tourism has caused a great enhancements on the economic side of the region like education flourished and the lifestyle of the people has changed but it took its toll on the fragile mountain environment.

Nevertheless, Zanskar is the favorite tourist destination still because of the vast area that is made beautiful by multiple hues, the distinct flora and fauna and the extremely variant climatic conditions. There are two main branches of the Zanskar River; one is Doda which has source near Pensi-La and flows south eastwards to reach Padum and the second one is formed by two tributaries called Kargyag River and it has source near Shingo La.

Height: The valley is situated at an average height of 6000 meters above the sea level.

Location: It is located at a distance of about 464 kms from Leh and would take around 10 to 11 hours to reach. Buses are available from Leh to reach the valley.

Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August and September are suitable to visit the Zanskar Range as the other months will cause heavy snowfall and the roads will be blocked.


Hemis National Park

Around 4400 is the area the prime attraction of Ladakh spreads into. We are talking about the renowned Hemis National Park named after the popular monastery in the region that is Hemis Monastery. The very rare species of wildlife is the reason behind its global recognition. Bharal and snow leopards are examples for the unseen animal collection found in Hemis National Park. The park is located on the west bank of the Indus River. 

The animals, the flora, the birds and the nature in the park and its vicinity are coming under the highly protected areas and this is the only place in India where the protected snow leopards are seen in abundance. The Rumbak and Markha catchments were found to be protected with the discovery of the park in 1981 and it grew into 4400 in 1990 and becomes the largest national park in South Asia. Argali or the Great Tibetan Sheep, Shapu etc are the supporters of the prey base for the predators in Hemis. Asiatic Ibex, the Tibetan Wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and red fox are some of the endangered species found before and some are still present in the park. The crucial problem faced by the park is the regular animal-human conflicts because over 1600 people are living inside the park boundaries, mainly pastoralists living with poultry farming, goats and sheep.

Height: The elevation at which the park exists is 3000-6000 meters above the sea level.

Location: The park is located about 5 kms from Leh and Leh Airport is the closest airport to the park.

Best time to visit: To reach the park there are a number of trekking routes opened from Mid-June to Mid-October. But the best season to spot snow leopards is of course, in late winter.


Spituk Monastery

Spituk Monastery in Ladakh has another name that is Pethup Gompa, very famous among the locals. It is located at a distance of 8 km from Leh and there are 100 monks inside the gompa. The major attraction at the monastery is the giant statue of Goddess Kali. The Buddhist monastery is at a site which was blessed earlier by Arhat Nyimagung.


Spituk Monastery was founded by Od-de. He was the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. When he came to Maryul, he built the monastery and introduced the monastic community. But Lotsewa Rinchen Zangpo on his arrival said that an exemplary religious sect should be there and thus the name of the monastery was changed to Spituk which meant exemplary.

Structure of the monastery

There are three chapels in the gompa with numerous statues of Buddha and several thankas as well. The Dukhang Hall is the highlight and the two rows of seats running to a throne at the end are also something unique found here. Visitors will come across the beautiful sculptors and chortens.

Location: The monastery is perched on a thrilling hill top near Indus and about 8 kms away from Leh on Srinagar road. It is at an elevation of 3307 meters.

Timings: It is open on all days from 08:00 am to 01:00 pm.

Entry fee: INR 20 per person

Highlights: Gustor Festival held from the 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan Calendar and it is for two days with mask dance and prayers. Usually, the festival falls on winter time which guarantees the presence of natives in large but the number of tourists would be comparatively lesser.


Visit to the Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame is a proud displayer of Indian Army simultaneously acts as the symbol of those dark days of India’s war against Pakistan. The museum that showcases seized arms and weapons of Pakistan army is located in Ladakh, the paradise of adventure lovers lying in the beautiful Himalayas. Moreover, the museum is considered to be a tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the war. To make it more appealing, the Indian Army has kept the photos and the things of those soldiers inside the museum. Also, the arranged items related to the history and culture of Ladakh, wildlife and vegetation have importance and amuses the visitors definitely. 

There are things which enhance every Indian’s patriotic feelings as well as they let us appreciate the bravery shown by every Indian soldier during the wars, from the heart. Different quotes, letters written by the soldiers, the tools, aircrafts, weapons, tents and what all the soldiers have used during the period are preserved which give every visitor a minute to think and pay tribute to those brave hearts who lost their lives to help every one of us sleep in peace. Located next to Leh Airfield, the museum is opened on all days. Every day, visitors will be able to watch a detailed documentary on Operation Vijai or Kargil War screened.

Entry fee:  For Indians: INR 10, for Foreigners: INR 50

Timings: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 03:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Highlight: Evening parade or march is a major event happening here

Location: 4 kms from the main town, on the way to Magnetic hill via Leh Srinagar Highway.

Tips: Camera and video are allowed inside but at an additional cost.


Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is quite famous among Ladakh travelers but the unpredictable avalanche and severe climatic conditions make it scary some times. Nonetheless, it had made adventure seekers’ tour of Ladakh mind-blowing. A high mountain pass at an elevation of 3978 meters above the sea level, Rohtang is just 51 km from Manali. It is a part of the proud Pir Panjal Range of the mighty Himalayas.

It acts as the connecting link between Kullu Valley and Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Being an ancient trade route, it was well maintained by the natives. The generic name of the pass suggests that either the pass was the oldest and the most used pass. With the increase of visitors every year, the fragile mountain ecology will be in threat, environmentalists worry.

But the exciting beauty of the mountain terrains seen from the top of the pass is indescribable and flamboyant. The Indian Government started building a tunnel which is 8.5 km long to bypass Rohtang pass in order to reduce the travel time and distance to Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti and Leh.

The tunnel promises to reduce the distance by 50 km and the time by five hours between the south and north faces of Rohtang pass. Currently, the time taken to ascend and descend the pass itself is 5-6 hours.

 Rohtang Pass is located at an altitude of 3978 meters above the sea level in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.

 The pass is located about 51 kms away from Manali and you can reach the pass if you take Leh- Manali Highway.

Best time to visit: 
The pass will be open from the months of May to October as the snow starts melting and the paths will be cleared.


Lachulung La

Apart from Khardung La or Baralacha La, Ladakh has numerous other passes at great heights which stand as Ladakh’s pride for centuries now. The glitters of other passes may be diminished by Khardung La mainly but all the other passes are equally important. Lachulung La is a single example.

The elevation of this pass is 5059 meters above sea level which is considered to be a dangerously exciting height for any pass after Khardung La. Lachulung La is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Also, it separates the valleys of Tsarap Chu and Tozay. If you take Leh-Manali highway, you will be able to cross this pass that has other names such as Lachalung La, Lungalacha La etc. 

A fact that to be remembered before you head to visit this pass is, it is open only for four and a half months during summer. Any traveler should be prepared not to fall sick during the conquering of Lachulung La because its geographic status, the height, the rugged pathways and the remote villages it goes through may cause dramatic influence on your body. Being one of the most adventurous passes in Ladakh, Lachulung is a favorite stop avid adventure lovers.

Also, the surroundings are quite fictional as the towering Himalayan passes and the nature lying in correspondence to them are creating soothing visuals. Trekkers should be very careful while climbing the altitude up as altitude sickness is assured at the top and keep hydrated to maintain your body conditions with respect to the climate. But the descent is smooth and easy so that you will feel overjoyed till the end.

5059 meters

Best time to visit:
May to October

How to reach:
Take Leh-Manali highway, from Sarchu 54 KM and from Pang, 24 Km


Tanglang La

Tanglang La is a high mountain pass, the glorious pride of Ladakh, the favourite tourist spot for bikers and trekkers. 5328 meters above the sea level is the dream like height of this pass which happily poses some threatening adventure to those who try to climb up the top. The road leading to the pass on Leh-Manali highway, from Upshi to Tanglang La is completely paved. A 500 meter long section of the road is the only part which is unpaved. Tanglang La is also beautifully paved to the make the climb easier. 

There are a lot of confusions existing regarding the position of Tanglang La in the list of world’s highest motorable passes and the world believes it to be the second highest which is proven to be wrong. The local sign on the top of the pass shows the altitude of the pass is 17582 feet or 5359 meters. But now, it is said that the sign board gives a wrong impression but the original height of the pass is 5328 meters. The pass is made beautiful by the innumerous Buddhist prayer flags despite the fact the road is tough to conquer and any type of traveler will fall for the scenery at the pass and adventure lovers would love to try their energy level by climbing up to the top. But remember, the oxygen level will be decreased as you cover the altitude and reaches to the half of what you feel at sea level.

Height: 5328 meters of 1248 feet

Best time to visit: May to October

How to reach: The pass is close to Leh-Manali highway and can be reached via 21 Gata loops

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