The land of High Passes, Ladakh, a high-altitude desert, is defined by craggy, barren cliffs and plateaus. It is a place where the landscape changes dramatically; it is truly astonishing to see the mountains, snow, cold desert, alpine meadows and lakes at a short distance from each other. Ladakh is home to some of the highest motorable passes like Khardung La (5359 m), Marsimik La (5582 m), and Chang La (5360 m), and alpine lakes like Pangong Tso (4350 m) and Tso Moriri (4522 m). Ladakh is further divided into three regions - Leh, Nubra, and Zanskar, and each region has several places to see.
Best places to visit in Ladakh
· Leh – The capital city, has numerous attractions including Shanti Stupa and beautiful market.
· Nubra Valley - Home to an alpine cold desert, the 33-meter statue of Jampa and Bactrian camels.
· Zanskar – An offbeat and lesser – visited side of Ladakh, primarily known for its Frozen river trek.
· Kargil – Second largest town in Ladakh, primarily known for its Kargil War and the War memorial.
· Drass – Called the gateway to Ladakh, is also known as the 2nd coldest inhabited place in the world.
· Khardung la Pass - The highest motorable pass in the world.
· Pangong Tso Lake – Situated at an altitude of 4350m, is amongst the top tourist attractions in Ladakh.
· Tsomoriri Lake – A large number of flora and fauna is found in the region.
· Hanle - It is a quiet little village that offers some of the best views. It also famous for housing the world's 3rd highest optical telescope
Best time to visit Ladakh
Ideal time to visit is between April and September. April to June, the temperature ranges between 5°C and 25°C. Since Ladakh falls in a high-altitude region, it receives no to very little rain between July and September.