Ladakh is a land like not other. It is an exotic landscape full of many wonderful things. It is the land of gompas and high passes. Sandwiched between the great Himalayas and the mighty Karakoram mountain range, Ladakh is one of the most serene and beautiful place in the world. It is located in the northernmost Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. It has been very popular among tourists especially nature lovers and adventure junkies. It is famous for stunning landscapes and serene natural beauty. You will see the spectacular views of the snow-clad mountain peaks by close. There are many Buddhist monasteries or historical monuments which add more beauty to the wonderland of Ladakh.
The main destination for tourism in Ladakh is Leh which is the capital town of the region. There are many things to do and see in and around Leh including Buddhist monasteries and adventure sports. Sankar Gompa, Leh Palace, War Museum, Shanti Stupa, Zorawar Fort, Jama Masjid, Stok Palace, etc are major attractions to see in the town of Leh. Tourists make excursion to other fascinating tourist places of the region from Leh.
Buddhist Monasteries: Ladakh is internationally famous for Buddhist monasteries (also called gompas). There monasteries are architecturally beautiful and also depict the rich Buddhist culture & tradition. These gompas are also served as museums where you can see ancient and modern artifacts related to Buddhism. Hemis Gompa, Alchi Monastery, Thiksey Gompa, Sani Monastery, Likir Gompa, Lamayuru Gompa, Phyang Monastery, Basgo Gompa, etc are some of the most popular monasteries in Ladakh which attract tourists and Buddhists from all over the world.
Pangong Tso: Pangong Tso is a picturesque lake in the Himalayas. It is an enchanting 134 km long lake. It extends from India to Tibet. About 60% of the length of the lake lay China. It is very popular among tourists coming to Leh Ladakh. It can be reached in a five-hour drive from Leh passing through dramatic mountain roads. Despite saline water, Pangong Lake freezes completely during the winter.
Khardung La: Khardung La or Khadung Pass is a high mountain pass located in Ladakh. It is the highest motorable pass in the world and recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. It offers breathtaking views of mountains. Hence it is very popular among tourists and motorists. It is situated at the distance of just 39 km from Leh. The appropriate way to get Khardung La is by taxi, jeep or bike. Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley is popular route for jeep safaris in Ladakh.
Markha Valley: Markha Valley is one of the most popular regions for trekking and hiking in Ladakh. Located between the Zanskar and the Ladakh mountain range, Markha Valley trek in Ladakh attracts a large number of trekker and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world.
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