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  • Writer's pictureKaran Fernandes


Leh Ladakh is a stunningly beautiful region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, known for its rugged terrain, snow-capped mountains, and stunning landscapes. If you're planning a trip to Leh Ladakh, here are some of the top things to do in Leh Ladakh.

1. Explore Leh Town

The most important thing to keep in mind before you even start to move out is to first acclimatize for a few hours and get used to the high altitude. After a few hours of rest and relaxation yon can head out and explore Leh city. Leh town is the capital of Ladakh and offers a amazing blend of traditional and modern cultures. You can visit the Leh market, the Shanti Stupa, and the local market to get a sense of the town's rich history and cultural heritage. The market also has a amazing collection of Cafés and restaurants that you have to visit.

2. Ride to Magnetic hill and visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

Magnetic Hill is a gravity-defying hill located about 30 km from Leh town. The hill is known for its magnetic properties, which cause vehicles to move uphill even when the engine is turned off. It's a unique and fascinating experience that's worth checking out also on the same route you must visit the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and experience the Langar aka the Free meal thats offered to all visitors. The Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is maintained and managed by the Indian Army and is a must visit.

3. Drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass

Nubra Valley is a stunning high-altitude desert located in the northernmost part of Ladakh. The valley is known for its sand dunes, monasteries, and stunning views of the Himalayas. You can take a camel ride along the sand dunes or visit the Diskit Monastery to get a glimpse of the region's rich cultural heritage.

On your way to Nubra Valley you will come across the mighty Khardungla Pass. At an elevation of 5,359 meters (17,582 feet), it's one of the highest motorable roads in the world

The road leading to the pass is steep and winding, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The pass is also a strategic location for the Indian Army and is often used to transport supplies to the Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battlefield.

While the pass is open for most of the year, it's best to visit during the summer months when the weather is more pleasant and the road is less likely to be blocked by snow. Visitors should also take precautions to avoid altitude sickness, which can be a serious risk at such high elevations.

4. Vist Pangong Lake

Pangong Tso Lake is one of the most iconic destinations in Leh Ladakh. The lake is located at an altitude of 4,350 meters and stretches over 134 km. The crystal-clear waters of the lake and the stunning surroundings make for a breathtaking experience. Don't forget to take your camera along to capture the stunning views. PS: The famous bollywood movie Three Idiots was shot here.

5. Drive via Changla Pass

On your drive back from Pangong Lake towards Leh City you will pass another high-altitude mountain pass known as Changla Pass. At an elevation of 5,360 meters (17,590 feet), Changla Pass is also home to one of the highest morotable roads in the world. Right on the top theres a small temple and a tea stall, where you can enjoy a hot cup of tea before continuing your journey down. PS: The road to Changla Pass can be challenging, but the stunning views and unique cultural experiences cover up for that.

6. Food

Last but not least the food in Leh is a must try. Theres lots of places serving authentic Tibetan Momos and Thukpa. Also for a proper Kashmiri feast I'd recommend New Wazwan Planet in Leh Market that serves authentic Mutton Rogan Josh and a whole lot of authentic Kashmiri Dishes.

In conclusion, Leh Ladakh is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers and is a must visit at least once in your lifetime. With its stunning landscapes, unique attractions, and rich cultural heritage, Leh has to be on your bucket list. Whether you're looking for a challenging trek, a cultural experience, or simply a chance to relax and unwind, Leh Ladakh has something for everyone.

If you have any queries on planning your trip feel free to drop me a mail on and i would love to help.

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