Best Tourist Places in Ladakh

Ladakh is a perfect blend of Indian, Tibetan and Buddhism cultural traditions. Nestled in the Himalayas this land of high passes is considered one of the best tourist places in India. Its pristine beauty is beyond the description in words. The presence of a bundle of attractions is what makes Ladakh a worth visiting place. Home to the world's famous monasteries, valleys, rivers, lakes and museums, Ladakh has everything to arrest the attention of an adventure lover. This article highlights some of the best tourist places in Ladakh so that you can make these places part of your travel itinerary.

Zanskar Valley: This is the most visited, as well as, the highly tranquil place in the lap of the Himalayan range. Steep terrains of Zanskar Valley are engulfed with snow to create a heavenly view. The valley is named after the Zanskar River and the tributaries of this river are meant for river rafting and other allied adventurous water sports activities. Here some of the centuries-old monasteries represent themselves as the architectural marvel. The warm hospitality of the locals is highly appreciable. The best time to visit Zanskar Valley is between June to September because at this time roads are not covered with snow and the temperature is also moderate.
Pangong Tso Lake: This lake gained enough popularity when it was featured in the Bollywood movie 3 Idiots. Pangong Tso is located in the eastern Ladakh region on the Changthang plateau. The location of the lake is very strategic as it lies at the Line of Actual Control on the India-China border. It is a high-altitude saltwater lake that is appreciably deep as well. While visiting the lake one can spot Brahminy ducks and other migratory birds at the shore of the lake. Pangong Tso is also known as the best camping site among travellers. Placid views of the lake and its surroundings are very popular among photographers and selfie enthusiasts.
Kargil: Any Leh Ladakh package is incomplete without the inclusion of Kargil. Kargil is the second largest town in the Ladakh region after Leh. Located at the banks of the river Indus, this beautiful city is a heaven for adventure seekers. Mountaineering, cliff jumping, trekking and river rafting activities can be enjoyed in Kargil. The panoramic view of green lands and rivers can mesmerize anyone with its unparalleled beauty. Snow-covered mountains during winter exhibit the immaculate beauty of Kargil. However, for a hassle-free traveling experience, one can visit Kargil in the summer season between May to July owing to moderate temperature and clean roads.

Magnetic Hill: One of the most fascinating places to visit in Ladakh is the Magnetic Hill. It has been observed that if one leaves their vehicle at the base of this hill keeping their brakes unlocked, the vehicle will start moving upwards to the hill. This is no less than magic, right? This phenomenon that defies Newton's gravity is the major sensation that attracts tourists to this place. This hill is particularly relished by adventure lovers who plan a road trip to Ladakh, especially bike riders. The best time to visit Magnetic Hill is between May to September due to the clean path and awesome weather. 

Hemis National Park: One of the best wildlife destinations of India, the Hemis National Park is located in Ladakh. It is also the largest national park in South Asia. This is no less than a heaven for nature lovers and bird watchers. The pollution-free environment of this National Park as well as the noise-free surroundings is a true delight for your soul. Famous for snow leopards, this park also protects endangered species of Asiatic Ibex, Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf and the Eurasian brown bear. For a joyful experience of sightseeing, you should not miss the Hemis National Park while visiting Ladakh. 

Moonland: As the name suggests, this is no less than a destination of dreams. Located in Lamayuru village, this place is named so because the structure and texture of the terrain resemble that of the moon. This is one of the stunning as well as least explored places in Ladakh. It is also believed that Moonland looks very fascinating if visited on a full moon night. Nearby Lamayuru Monastery is a major spiritual center that attracts tourists every year due to its scenic beauty and historical significance. The best time to visit Lamayuru village for a pleasant experience is between April to May.