Ladakh features on every serious traveller’s bucket list, and for good reason. Its soothing mountain vistas coupled with challenging roads and the many monasteries offer something of interest for every visitor. The rosy-cheeked children, delicious Thukpa, and yaks on the mountain slopes complete the experience.

The sun setting over snow-capped mountain peaks like the Nun Kun Massif is a sight bound to take your breath away.

 

The Shanti Stupa located on a hilltop in Chanspa is serene and exciting at the same time, and one of the most popular Buddhist attractions in Ladakh.

 

: Colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind is a common sight all over Ladakh. These make excellent souvenirs too.

Colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind is a common sight all over Ladakh. These make excellent souvenirs too.

 

The Kiagar Tso Lake, located at more than 4000 metres, is quite close to Tso Moriri. This area is home to the Changpas, Ladakh’s nomadic people.

 

Test your riding skills at Khardung la, counted among the highest motorable roads in the world.

 

Do not miss a visit to the Nubra Valley. Here stands the magnificent statue of Maitreya Buddha, a 32-metre structure located near the Diskit Monastery.

 

Catch sight of the elusive snow leopard at Hemis National Park. This protected area is known for having the highest density of these magnificent wild beasts in the world.

 

Made famous by many a Bollywood movie in recent times, the Pangong Lake is a spectacular must-visit place in Ladakh.

 

Not many know about the population of Bactrian Camels in Ladakh. These double-humped camels are found in the Nubra Valley and there are even rides offered to travellers.

 

The Zanskar River offers excellent white water rafting conditions for the adventurous ones.

 

Masked dancers at the annual 2-day Hemis Festival held around July at the Hemis Gompa

 

A fruit-laden apple tree in a Ladakh farm. Apples and apricots are the primary fruits grown in the region.

 

The Yak is an important animal in the region. It is used for transport as well as for its meat, milk, and other products.

 

Thangka paintings, a Tibetan Buddhist art, is a popular souvenir purchased by travellers in Ladakh.

 

Young Ladakhi monks pose for a photo against the splendid snowy mountain backdrop

 

There is nothing like a plate of steaming momos to end a long day of exploring Ladakh. Sip on some yak butter tea for the complete experience.