10 Offbeat Places In Ladakh You Must Not Miss

OT Staff

Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri, nestled in the Changthang region, sits at a lofty 4,522 metres (14,836 feet). Its azure waters mirror the snow-capped peaks, creating a serene haven. Keep an eye out for migratory birds and the elusive snow leopard. The road journey from Leh is an adventure in itself.

Stone cairn at Himalayan lake Tso Moriri, Korzok | Shutterstock

Zanskar Valley

Hidden between the Great Himalayan and Zanskar Range, this remote valley offers awe-inspiring landscapes. Explore ancient monasteries, experience the frozen river trek (in winter), and immerse yourself in the unique Buddhist culture. The picturesque villages and dramatic vistas make Zanskar Valley a hidden gem in Ladakh.

A view of the beautiful Zanskar Valley | Shutterstock

Turtuk

A village near the Line of Control, Turtuk surprises visitors with its lush greenery and apricot orchards. The Balti heritage, friendly locals, and stunning views of the Karakoram Range add to its charm.

Turtuk, the last Indian village in Ladakh | Shutterstock

Hanle

Known for the Indian Astronomical Observatory, Hanle is a remote village in the Changthang Plateau. Stargazing here is a mesmerising experience due to the clear skies and high altitude.

Stargazing in Hanle | endeavourladakh/instagram

Uleytokpo

Explore the lesser-known region for its ancient monasteries, rock carvings, and dramatic landscapes. Highlighted by the Alchi Monastery and Lamayuru Monastery, this area is famous as the base for treks and camping in Ladakh.

A view of Uleytokpo | mehboob_mir/instagram

Changthang Region

Discover the Changthang wilderness with pristine lakes, nomadic settlements, and a chance to spot the elusive snow leopard. Chusul and Nyoma are off the beaten path, and the area includes the world's highest village, Korzok Village, known for the Korzok Monastery.

A person performs a traditional dance in Korzok | Shutterstock

Rangdum in Suru Valley

The Rangdum Monastery, located in a valley drained by the Suru River, offers panoramic views amid barren hills. The tranquil destination is home to horses, yaks, and other animals, with the town of Sankoo being the valley's main hub.

Herds of sheep in Rangdum | Shutterstock

Tirith – Sumur in Nubra Valley

The Tirith Camp is located on the Hunder-Sumur road in the village of Tirith, Nubra Valley. It offers beautiful landscapes, ancient gompas, camel rides, and a tranquil atmosphere.

Samstanling Monastery, an important Buddhist shrine founded by Lama Tsultim Nima in Sumur | Shutterstock

Yarab Tso Lake & Panamik

Yarab Tso Lake is a popular tourist attraction in the Nubra Valley, situated approximately 15 kilometres from Diskit, near Simur village. While Yarab Tso is a secluded lake near Sumur, Panamik is renowned for its hot springs. Both locations provide solitude and breathtaking natural beauty.

Beautiful scenery at Yarab Tso valley | Shutterstock

Rumtse

Rumtse is a small village on the way from Lahaul to Ladakh, located on the Leh-Manali Highway. It is an ideal base for treks and exploration, offering rugged landscapes and traditional Ladakhi culture.

Around the village of Rumtse | hippie_in_hills/instagram

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