Ladakh is an icy cold desert. At a high altitude of 11.480 ft, Leh-Ladakh makes the world’s highest
motorable journey. Every biker dreams of an adventure biking through Ladakh. While it can be
dangerous, it is also an exciting journey. Leh is the biggest city of the district of Ladakh, the city of
Best time to visit – June to October
Leh can be reached by air and road. While air travel saves time, the road journey is more exciting.
There are two ways to reach Leh by road-via Srinagar, via Manali.
Being so high, it takes a while to acclimatize with the atmosphere there. It is recommended to rest the
day, you reach Ladakh. Take it easy on the first day and start the exploration from the second day.
1. Local sightseeing –
A white Buddhist place of worship, Shanti Stupa is located on a hilltop. It gives you a beautiful
view from the top of the sanctum. Later you can visit the local markets for some shopping. Some
local items include Buddhist face masks, Thangka paintings, prayer wheels, etc.
2. Leh Palace-
Leh Palace is situated on the top of Tsemo Hill. Built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century,
this nine-storeyed palace is an interesting place to visit in Leh. Without a doubt, the top floor
gives a scenic panoramic view. Watch a mesmerizing sunrise or sunset from this palace.
3. Nubra Valley-
Located at a dizzying height of 18,380 ft, Khardung La is the world’s highest all-weather road.
Due to low oxygen levels, limit yourself to 15 Minutes at Khardung La top. This is the gateway to
the Nubra Valley.
Nubra valley is almost 3000m below Leh. It is the only place in the world, where you see
can the Bactrian double-humped camel. Take a camel ride and an ATV ride.
Also, visit Diskit monastery to see Ladakhi Folk Dance and Maitreya Buddha statue.
Hemis is a small town, about 40 km from Leh. It is most famous for the Hemis Monastery. After
the monastery, you can visit the Hemis National Park. It houses the rare snow leopard, ibex, and
the blue sheep. It is a paradise for wildlife –lovers.
5. Tso Pangong –
Towards the east of Leh, it is a 5-hour drive through Chang La Pass. Pangong Lake is the place
shown in the movie ‘3 Idiots’. On the way, you will also see Rancho school.
The lake with brackish waters is breathtaking and there are camping options available. The lake
changes its colors at various times of the day, so stay is recommended.
From here, you can visit the Tso Moriri and Tso Kar, two other mesmerizing lakes in Ladakh.
6. Indus Valley –
On the way to this tour, a yellow board indicates that you have reached the eerie Magnetic Hill.
It is said that the car moves uphill in neutral gear, but it is actually an illusion.
The two valleys visited in this tour are Zanskar valley and Suru valley, known for Phuktal(cave)
monasteries. Zanskar River is picturesque with transparent waters and also River Rafting can be
done in this river.
7. Monasteries tour-
8. Offbeat Lamayuru-
Lamayuru Town is called as the Moonland. The terrain and the landscapes of this town resemble
the surface of the moon. In Lamayuru, there is a place called Meditation Hill. Climbing up,
you will see local Ladakhi culture, especially the beautifully carved Prayer Rocks.
Leh- Ladakh is absolutely surreal. If possible, stay at a local’s house to get additional experience. The
hospitality of Kashmiri people will blow your mind. It is recommended that you take this refreshing
break from your monotonous life.