It really doesn’t matter what kind of tourist you were or what kind of trip you were looking forward to, because when you visit Ladakh, you can be sure that you won’t be disappointed. In many ways, this small part of our country is like an endless list of grouped tourist activities. You can be a motorcycle enthusiast on your first long bike ride or an adventure junkie; or you may simply be a family person visiting your elders and children. Whatever kind of traveler you were, Ladakh will take good care of you. There is a little for everyone to come and enjoy here. If you were wondering what to do in Ladakh during your next trip, then below is a great list of 101 things to do in Leh Ladakh from which you can choose.
List of Things to do in Leh Ladakh
Witness the wonder that Pangong Lake
Take a walk on the shores of famous Pangong Lake. Since the release of the movie 3 Idiots, Pangong has become the very symbol of Ladakh. Enjoy its deep blue beauty against the brown backdrop of the surrounding mountains. If you went for a walk early in the morning, you might also see several birds like Brahmi ducks; along with an unflappable reflection of the mountains in the water. Please read How to Visit Pangong Lake for a complete travel guide on how to visit this beautiful lake. This will probably be the first entry on the list of famous things to do in Leh Ladakh.
See a magnificent sky every night
When was the last time you looked up and were greeted by the sky as below? Probably never, right. Visit Ladakh and see a magical sight like this every night. If you have a minimal interest in night photography or star trails, it’s a pleasure. This will definitely be considered one of the best things to do in Ladakh.
Click your photo on top of Khardung La
Not long ago, one of the biggest attractions of a trip to Ladakh was walking to the highest road in the world; and this title was retained by the majestic Khardung La. He may not yet be the same, but climbing to the top of Khardung La and clicking on his picture is still important in Ladakh.
Respect in Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
Gurudwara Pathar Sahib was built in 1517 in the memory of Guru Nanak Dev. It is located on Srinagar – Leh Road, at a distance of 23 kilometers from Leh. At an altitude of over 12,000 feet, it is among the highest Gurudwaras in the world. You can visit here traveling between Srinagar and Leh or take a short trip on any of the nights in Leh.
Visit the Leh Palace
When you are in Leh, you must visit Leh Palace. It has nine floors and is set on a hilltop overlooking the city of Leh. There are two reasons why you should spend some time in the palace. The first is that it offers a great view of the whole city of Leh from one of its rooftops. The second is that she has a rich collection of jewels, ornaments, ceremonial dresses, crowns and thangkas over 450 years old.
See the sunset from Shanti Stupa
It is a white-dome Buddhist stupa located on top of a hill, very close to Leh Palace. There is a motorized road that goes up to the monument, but if you want you can also climb a few hundred stairs to get here. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and has become a tourist attraction not only for its religious significance but also for its location, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. You should spend an evening enjoying a great sunset view in the city of Leh.
Go to Sangam Point
A little farther from Magnetic Hill and just before the small village of Nimmu, you can see the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers, also known as Sangam Point. The two rivers that merge to form one, one with muddy waters and the other with crystal clear waters, is quite a sight. It is a good place for photography too.
Be humiliated by the mighty Chang La
It may not yet be famous as the second highest motorized road in the world, but the glory and beauty of Chang La still remain the same. If you were visiting here early or late in the season, you might even catch a blizzard at the top of the pass. You can visit the pass while traveling from Leh to Pangong Lake.
Take a dip in the Panamik Hot Water Springs
One of the best places to visit in the Nubra Valley is the hot spring located in the quiet town of Panamik. Residents have a spring-bathing facility where you can even take a dip in the naturally warm, refreshing waters.
Drive to Turtuk and Thang
If you are in the Nubra Valley, you must visit the small village of Turtuk. And if you went to Turtuk, you should also drive to Thang, the point where the road literally ends and where the border is only 2.2 kilometers away.
See the black and white of Nun & Kun
The two beautiful and mysterious mountains of Nun and Kun are one of the biggest attractions of the Suru valley (Kargil a Padum). Nun is forever covered in snow, a white peak, while her neighbor, Kun remains forever black. These two mountains are next to each other, a perfectly beautiful combination of black and white that never changes.
Go for a walk in Chadar
If you’re a little adventurous, there’s no other way than Chadar’s walk to take your passion to the extreme. What is Chadar Trek? It is an expedition like no other and you will have walked on a frozen Zanskar river for a few days. The only time you can try this adventure is in January or February.
If you like white water rafting and have done it in places like Rishikesh and Manali, then Ladakh should be next on your list. Enjoy your adventure in the turbulent waters of Indus and Zanskar. This will be the main entry into adventure activities in Ladakh.
Conquer Umling La
What better way to add fun to your trip to Ladakh than riding the world’s highest motorized pass? No, I’m not talking about Khardung La. This crown now belongs to the Umling La Pass at a height of 19,300 feet. If you get the permissions for this route and get to the pass, you will be among a few who have done so.
See the sand dunes in Hunder
Featuring an incredible white-sand spot, the sand dunes between Hunder and Diskit villages are Nubra Valley’s top attractions and Ladakh’s best campsite. Camel Safari and quad biking on these sand dunes is a fun thing to do in the Nubra Valley.
Feel the cold winds of Drang Drung Glacier
Drang Drung Glacier is Ladakh’s largest glacier outside the Karakoram Range, second only to the Siachen Glacier. At the top of the Pensi La Pass, you will be greeted with this breathtaking view of the huge glacier that you will not forget for the rest of your life.
See Majestic Shafat Glacier
Shafat is a 14-kilometer-long glacier in the Suru Valley that gives rise to the peaks of Nun and Kun and also provides a base for climbing these two mountains. The water of this glacier forms a stream known as “Shafat Nala”, which increases the flow of the Suru River.
Walk to Parkachik Glacier
Located a short distance from Parkachik village, it is a majestic mass of ice that slowly moves up the slopes of the Nun and Kun peaks. You can walk to the glacier through a suspension bridge over the Suru River.