On a visit to Leh you definitely cannot miss out on the must see places. The significance of these must see places are that they stand as a symbol for Leh. These places are what Leh is all about. These must see places in Leh will stay as cherishing memories of the city forever in your heart.
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Famous for it’s architecture and location, and also as the location for the Satrangi Re music video from the critically acclaimed movie, Dil Se, the Thiksey Monastery in the Indus valley is renowned for being the largest among all of the gomphas located in the provinces of Ladakh and Leh. Managed by the Gelighpa sect, it’s extensive arc...
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Shanti Stupa Rd, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
05:00 am - 09:00 pm
Twilight is divine from this elevated spot, three miles from Leh. Whether sunrise or sunset, the changing light brings mystic beauty to the panorama of mountains surrounding the Stupa. The striking structure owes its remarkability to both; it’s isolation and its design. It was designed by a Japanese, and thus is greatly different from the ort...
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Nubra Valley 194401, India
12:01 am - 12:00 am
150 kilometres north of Leh, where the Shyok and Siachan rivers meet, in between of Leh and the Karakoram range and the Siachen Glacier, lies Nubra Valley. Made famous by traders and travellers of the Silk Route, the valley is popular for the huge mountain faces, the many trails, the briskly flowing water of the rivers, bactrian camels and Diskit G...
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Namgyal Hill Leh, Jammu & Kashmir 194101
07:00 am - 04:00 pm
A lonely, proud structure, the Leh Palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal of Tibet in the 17th century. Once, it was the world’s highest building; now it’s in abandoned disrepair. It’s nine floors, once exotically furnished and decorated are now a dark maze that you must navigate to reach the top. The upper stories were used as t...
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Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
Right outside the Air Force Base, this two-floor museum explores various themes related to Indian army’s role and presence in Ladakh. Most of it focuses on India-Pakistan conflicts in the 20th century. There are artefacts from the wars, a short film about the Kargil War, the role the army has played in various relief missions, an exhibit on e...
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Pangong Tso, Leh
The Pangong Lake is an exquisite and worldwide famous closed drainage lake spread across a vast area in the Himalayas. The major portion of the lake falls in the territory of Tibet. The lake has been categorized under the protocol of the Ramsar Convention as a great wetland reserve with a recognized global importance. Consequently, the lake has att...
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Hemis Gompa, Tikse
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
This affluent monastery, the largest in Ladakh, has been around for almost a thousand years, and is only an hour away from Leh by road. It would at times fall into disuse, but King Sengge Namgyain restored it completely in the seventeenth century. The Bropka sects, who are thought to be some of the purest descendants of the original Indo-European s...
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NH 1D, Phey, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
06:00 am - 07:00 pm
25 miles west of Leh is a 16th century Gurudwara built to commemorate the visit of Sikh saint and founder of the Sikh religion Guru Nakak to Ladakh. Legend says a demon attacked the saint here with a rock while he was meditating, and upon contact, the rock melted, forming a depression in the shape of the meditating mystic. The rock was discovered b...
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Alchi, Jammu and Kashmir 194106
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Locals say Buddhist leader Guru Rinchen Zangpo built the monastery in the 11th century, but the monuments record Tibetan Kal-dan Shes-rab doing so in the 12th. This is not any one building but a complex of structures, of which the main ones are:
The Dukhang (Assembly and worship hall): See the frescoes of 1000 buddhas in the main passage, the pain...
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Leh District, Jammu & Kashmir
08:00 am - 07:00 pm
Home to the erstwhile Royal Family of Ladakh, the structure has been extensively renovated and extended to suit its new function as a museum of royal history. Artefacts crowns, photos, coins, official articles and jewelry are exhibited. Thankas (Buddhist paintings on silk), representing the teachings and ideologies of Buddha, are also displayed. Th...
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B.P.O Khaltse, Ladakh, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194106
06:00 am - 06:00 pm
A hundred and thirty kilometres from Leh, the thousand-year-old Lamayuru Monastery is a famous traditional Tibetan Gompha following Buddhism, and is situated at an altitude of 3500 meters. The land surrounding the monastery is famously known as The Moonscape, as it strikingly resembles lunar landscapes. The monastery is regarded as the first ever m...
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Zanskar Valley Road, Leh, India
12:01 am - 12:00 am
About 5 kilometres south of Nimmoo Village is the point of confluence of the waters of two differently colored rivers - Indus and Zanskar. The waters of Zanskar are tinged blue; the Indus, green. The point is a four-hour drive by jeep from Leh. If you’re here in the summer (recommended), Zanskar will be flowing swiftly and the Indus, slowly. ...
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Tso Moriri, 194404
The breathtaking Rushpu Valley cradles the wintery oasis that is Tsomoriri Saltwater Lake. Though the trip from Leh is long and arduous, the sheer majesty of the Ladakh landscape will keep you invested in the ride. Following the river, you’ll know you’re close when the water suddenly widens, delivering you into a green and clue paradise...
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Likir, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
This most well preserved monastery in Likir village was built in 1065 by Lama Duwang Chosje, under the rule of King Lha-chen-rgyal-po. It is said that the monastery is guarded by two serpent spirits: Nanda and Taksako. It is currently home to about 120 monks of the Gelugpa or Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is the official seat of Ngari Rinpoch...
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Taglang La 194201, Jammu and Kashmir, India
At 5,328 metres, this is one of the highest motorable mountain passes in the world. The drive is very scenic and at odd spots there are various sights of interest. Herdsmen can be seen shepherding along goats; Sarchu and Upshi are two nearby settlements; and there should be an easily spotted small temple on the road. The highest point of the pass i...