The largest city of Ladakh is Leh, followed by Kargil. The Leh district is contained with the Indus, Shyok, and Nubra river valleys. The Kargil district of Ladakh contains the Suru, Dras, and Zanskar river valleys. The main populated regions are the river valleys, but the mountain slopes also home of the pastoral Changpa nomads. The main religious groups in the region are Islam (mainly Shia) (46%), Tibetan Buddhists (40%), Hindus (12%) and others (2%). Ladakh is one of the most sparsely populated regions in India and its culture and history are mostly matched to that of Tibet. It is famous and popular for its remote mountain beauty and culture.
Centuries ago the great ruler’s Shah Jahan said that if there is a paradise on earth then it’s in Kashmir for that, I say that he did not visit Ladakh or would certainly have changed his opinion.
A land like no other with unlimited attractions to visit and fabulous landscapes, amazing people, and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on this beautiful Earth. Ladakh is mystical in all the spheres it covers, from nature, geography, sceneries to the modest art and cultures that it fosters. Right from gompas to the sensational momos, the superabundance of attractions to visit makes this city heaven on the beautiful earth. It is said that the state Ladakh of India can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time.
Place to visit in Ladakh
- Pangong lake
A sheet of vivid blue in between the mountains a lake is a landscape’s most beautiful amazing and expressive views. It is the eyes of the earth, looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his beautiful nature. If you remember the moment of the movie 3 Idiots when Kareena Kapoor comes riding on a scooter to meet Aamir Khan, then you have already seen the scenic attraction of the picturesque Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake.
- Magnetic hill
Magnet Hill is a “Cyclops hill” situated near Leh in Ladakh, India. The layout of the area and surrounding slopes create the optical illusion of beautiful hills. The hill road is a downhill road Vehicles and objects on the hill road may appear to roll uphill in defiance of gravity when they are in-fact rolling downhill.
- Leh Palace
Leh Palace is known as the “Lachen Palkhar” is a former royal palace of the Leh Kingdom Placed in Leh town. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Leh city. The 17th century Palace, Leh Palace is also one of the tallest buildings of its time having nine Stories. The palace gives spectacular views of Stok Kangri and the Ladakh mountain range as well as the town. The palace is now in a very poor condition being maintained and restored by the ‘Archaeological Survey of India’ (ASI).
- Changthang wildlife sanctuary
Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary in Ladakh is fascinating in a lot of means. Its Spread over an enormous area of about 1,600sq.km. It is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna in India. As such, only a tour to this sanctuary promises you not just incredible opportunities for viewing the wildlife but also exploring the amazing landscape of this beautiful place. Visiting the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary can be a rewarding experience.
Kargil, a part of the western Ladakh union territory, northwestern India. It was formerly part of northwestern Jammu and Kashmir state. The sector, centered in the city of Kargil, located in the Zaskar Range of the Himalayas and abuts the LOC between the portions of the Kashmir region administered by India and Pakistan. Kargil town, located roughly equidistant between Srinagar (southwest) and Leh (southeast), is considered as the gateway to Ladakh.
Activities must do in Ladakh
- Mountain Biking