Places to Visit in Ladakh

From trekking and mountaineering to Buddhist tours of various monasteries, Ladakh has it all. Popularly known as the Lama Land or little Tibet, Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging between about 9,000 feet and 25,170 feet. Interestingly, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes. So it is said that only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time!

Places to See in Ladakh

Ladakh is the largest of the ten provinces of Jammu and Kashmir is bordered by the Karakoram chain of mountains in the north and Himalayas in the south. Ladakh covers a total area of about 59,000 square kilometers and is made up of two administrative districts - Leh and Kargil.

Hemis Monastery

There are interesting tourist places in Ladakh. The Hemis monastery is the largest monastery in Ladakh. Hemis is famous for the huge painting of Buddha displayed once in 11 years to the public.

Thiske Monastery

The Thiske monastery near Leh is known for its architecture while the Shey Monastery houses a huge gold plated copper statue of the Buddha.

Gompas in Ladakh

Alchi, Likir and Lamayuru are amongst the oldest Gompas of Ladakh. Sankar Gompa, 3-km north of the town centre, is among the most accessible monasteries in central Ladakh.

For those keen on history can stop at Alchi is one of the significant historical sites in Asia on the Srinagar-Leh highway. So are Dah and Hanu on the far side of the great Indus river replete with legends and myths, which the locals can relate to you if are not tired, and if you can communicate with them.

Nubra Valley

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Last Updated on : 17/09/2013