Located on furthermost heights of the Indian Territory, Leh-Ladakh is a land that no other place can hold a candle to. Bounded by two of the world’s most rugged mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, the raw, unscathed beauty of this place is downright impossible to be described in words. From the sensational gompas to the amazing snow deserts, there is a long list of attractions that earn the place the title of heaven on Earth.
People are often faced with the question of what to visit and what to let go of. To help you make an informed choice, here is a collection of 7 most surreal places to visit in Leh-Ladakh:
1. Pangong Tso Lake
The lake known around the nation for its feature in a blockbuster film, Pangong Tso Lake is a living example of surreality. A hotspot in the region, a trip to Ladakh just cannot be considered complete without at least one day dedicated to beauty. The highest salt water lake in the world, this is an ideal place to sit with a coffee in one hand and a book in the other. One thing to note, however, is that boating facilities in the lake are not present, but you can ice skate at the bank during winters.
2. Khardungla Pass
Though a lot of critics object that it is not much of a road, this area provides you the opportunity to travel on the highest civilian motor road in the world. Maintained by Border Roads Organization, Khardungla Pass is considered the gateway to the north, thus earning it the tourist spot status in itself. One thing to take into consideration before visiting this place is that proper acclimatization must be taken care of, as the height of the place is dangerously soaring. You can witness some of the most beautiful sights on these roads complete with white snow, black mountains and blue skies with white clouds, ones that form picturesquely beautiful shapes.
3. Nubra Valley
Surrounded by towering hills and snow, one of the last things you expect to find is a desert. In the Nubra Valley region, the sand dunes dance on the tunes of the winds, creating beautiful patterns and offering some of the most hypnagogic sights in the region. Providing the perfect Arabian Nights experience, the place is famous for its two-humped camels, highlighting this region for the animal enthusiasts. The origin of Nubra Valley is claimed by the fabled Tethis Sea, rising from the depths of which Himalayas are said to be raised.
4. Magnetic Hill
Giving you the feeling of a superhuman, Magnetic Hill is a place that defies gravity. The science behind the phenomenon is unknown, but it is been observed that if you leave your vehicle at the base with the brakes unlocked, it will start uphill slowly on its own. This magical place is based on some scientific mystery that befuddles every visitor and researcher alike!
5. Tso Moriri Lake
Tso Moriri Lake place is the ideal model of a gorgeous painting, profuse with blue skies, bluish-green mountains topped with white and calm blue water of the lake and green pastures. Though not as famous as the Bollywood-y Pangong Lake, the beauty of the lake leaves no stone unturned to steal your heart. An ideal place for solo travellers, this is one of the regions that will give you a chance to encounter the beauty of the Ladakh in solitude, leaving the crowds behind.
6. Spituk Gompa
Ladakh is, for all the right reasons, euphemized as the land of the monks, monasteries and mountain. And Spituk Gompa is one place that personifies a culmination of the three. Though, one among the many monasteries in the region, what sets it apart is its spellbindingly magical location. The mountain that it is carved on is not at much height compared to the contemporaries. Still it manages to provide you with some of the most phantasmagorical sights of the region, with a beautiful labyrinth of clouds and the light rays cutting through them, forming heart-warming patterns on the canvas of the mountains.
7. Namgyal Monastery
If peace is what you desire, Namgyal Monastery is the place to be. Particularly famous for the large beautiful statue of Buddha it resides, Namgyal Monastery is a mandate on every spiritual soul’s bucket list. Another reason advocating for the visit is that this spire has been graced by the presence of Dalai Lama himself. A magnet for monks and Buddhism enthusiasts, Namgyal also successfully steals a number of tourists for its impeccable architectural prowess. A haven for inner peace, the best way to experience this holy site is by planning a stay among the monks, getting a deep insight in the cultural and religious habits of the region.
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