Places of Interest in Ladakh

Main Attraction:

The main attraction in this area is Bactarian Camels (Shaggy double hump Camel) around sand dunes, Hot spring of Panamik (which is medicinal water ), Deskit & Samstanling monasteries and Khardung la Pass.

Getting There By Road.
The road journey to Nubra valley leads through Khardongla (the highest motor able road in the world(18,380 feet// 5,578 m) around 50 kms. away from Leh city. After crossing the pass, you can have a view of Khardong village, Khalser, Sumur, Panamic and Deskit (the main villages of Nubra valley). The Deskit village offers Guest Houses and lower budget hotels. The Camel safari can be organized from Deskit to Hunder village for 2 hours. Hundar village has small monastery and it is located on ancient Silk Route.

Beyond Khalsar, after crossing the confluence of the Shyok and Nubra rivers, you reach Sumur, with the Samstem Ling Gompa. Built in 1841, A large statue of Buddha, flanked by Maitreya and Mahakala dominates the Du-khang. Some basic accommodation is available at Sumur, mostly owned by locals who also provide food. Regular buses connect Sumur with Leh, Panamic and Diskit.

A two-hour ride beyond Sumur takes you to Panamic, best known for its hot sulphur springs. A refreshing bath in the tubs at the hot springs does a lot for a travel weary body, with enough time left to explore the gompa across the river.

Turning westward along the Shyok River, you reach a vast expanse of sandy desert and boulder-filled landscape. The town of Diskit, The old town with a gompa built in 1420 is the oldest in the Nubra region. It is also one of the largest. The monastery belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) Sect. 7 kms north is the small village of Hundur.

Ladakh has always been a tourists' attraction. Some of the important places of interest to visit in Ladakh are:


Nubra Valley

Also known as Ldumra (the valley of flowers), Nubra Valley is located in the north Leh. Toursits visit here for the Bacterian Camel safari and to explore the Khardung la Pass and Deskit & Samstanling monasteries. You can visit there via the Khardongla road, which is located 40kms away from Leh.

Chang Thang

Also known as the land of Nomads, Chang Thang is located on the East Leh. Residents of Chang Thang also call it Rupsho Valley. Tourists can explore more about the Changpa nomads, migratory birds, lakes, and several wild animals when they visit to Chang Thang.

Tsomoriri Lake

The Tsomoriri Lake is situated near the Korzok village. Visiting here would enable you to interact with the nomadic people and explore the vast mountain bounded extended water. You can also visit the Tsokar lake, which is located 76 kms away from the Tsomoriri lake.

Tsomiri is the largest of the High Altitude Lakes to be situated entirely within India. The remote high plateau of Changthang (meaning 'northland') stretches from western Tibet into eastern Ladakh. It is situated at a height of 4595 m above sea level. And the maximum length of the lake is 19 km and the maximum length of the lake is 40 m. .You can visit Korzok monastery at Tsomoriri which lies on the western bank of the lake.

This region, known as the land of the nomads, will give you an experience to last a lifetime. See the nomads' traditional lifestyle and share a cup of butter tea in one of their black yak-hair tents along the incredible oval-shaped bank of Tsomoriri. The lake changes its turquoise blue color with the light and is surrounded by a picturesque landscape.

Pangong Lake

The deep blue-colored Pangong Lake provides the perfect serene atmosphere for the tourists that are seeking peace.

Pangong Tso, 154-km to the southeast of Leh, is one of the largest salt-water lakes in Asia, a long narrow strip of water stretching from Ladakh east into Tibet. Pangong Lake situated at a height of about 4,250 m (13,900 ft). It is 134 km (83.3 mi). Two thirds of the length of this lake lies in Tibet. The lake is 5 km (3 mi) wide. In winter, the lake surface freezes completely despite being salt water.

Pangong Tso can be reached in a five-hour drive from Leh, This route takes the visitor past picturesque villages of Shey and Thikse, and turns off the Indus valley by the side-valley of Chemrey and Sakti. The Ladakh range is crossed by the third-highest pass in the world, the Changla pass. The lakeside is open during the tourist season, from May to September. Tourist require a special permit to visit the lake. Permit (easily obtained in Leh town) to pass.

At Darbuk village near Tangste Valley stood a chain of war memorials with Regimental Insignias in commemoration of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Indo-Chinese war of 1962. Villagers can be seen here along with their large herds of Pashmina sheep and long tailed yaks.

The Land Of Aryans

Dhahanu is known as the land of Aryans, as the Drokpa community, believed to be the last race of Aryans, resides here. Tourists can explore their pre-Buddhist cultural practices by visiting here. It is located in the South West of Leh.

Deskit Monastery

It was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod around 1420 AD. During the reign of King Dragspa. About 100 monks are residing in the Gonpa. It is branch of Thiksey Monastery. The monastic festival called Gustor take place on 20-21st days of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar.

Samstanling Gompa

This Gompa is situated in Sumur village which is one of the biggest Village in the Nubra valley. It is to the east of Diskit around 25 kms away from diskit. Samstanling Monastery Was founded by lama Tsultims Nima and Monastic community. 50 monks are residing in the 132 year old Monastery.

Hot Spring (Panamik)

Panamik is small village of around 30-35 families. on the east side of Nubra river. best known for its hot sulphur springs. A refreshing bath in the tubs at the hot springs does a lot for a travel weary body, this spring is also known for medicinal purpose by the Amchey (Local doctor ) , with enough time left to explore the gompa across the river.


Turtuk is a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is located in the Nubra tehsil, 205 km from the Leh town, on the banks of Shyok River. Turtuk gram panchayat is the northern most village of India. Turtuk was under Pakistan's Control till 1971, but later India got control of this strategic area.Predominantly a Muslim village, residents speak Baltistani, Urdu and Ladakhi Language. Turtuk, is the last outpost in India from where the Pakistan- controlled Northern Areas begin.Turtuk is one of the gateways to the Siachen Glacier. Turtuk is now open to tourist.


Korzok, situated at 15,000 feet (4,572 m) with its dozen or so houses and its gompa appearing like a mirage among the barren hills, is the only permanent settlement in Rupshu; otherwise the region is inhabited only by nomadic Chang-pa herd's people. The Rupshu Chang-pa live in tents all the year round, moving in accordance with an old-established annual routine between the pastures the exist wherever an occasional stream carrying snowmelt from the heights makes possible the growth of grass, scanty indeed, but reportedly highly nutritious. The few barley-fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world, but there is no guarantee that the crop will ripen every year.

Wild Life

The Area is rich in wildlife including the "Kyang" (wild ass), red fox and the rare, highly endangered, snow leopard. Black necked cranes and geese flock to the lakeside for breeding during the summer months. It also houses 350 years old Karzok monastery which has about 33 resident monks.

Tso Kar - White Lake

Past the Thanglang La (Pass) and a soak in the hot springs of Chhumathang, you arrive at the salty Tso Kar or the 'White Lake'. Tso Kar is at a distance of 155km from Leh and approx 45 kms northwest of the Tsomoriri Lake. You can camp at the nearby Thukje village and also visit the monastery of Thukje. You can see the hot springs at Puga.

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