The former district has a popular town “Leh” and is a great tourist attraction because of its beautiful monasteries, picturesque locations, and interesting markets defining the culture of the place. Ladakh is an adventure playground for climbing, jeeps tours, rafting and high-altitude trekking. The iconic Magnetic Hill, the turquoise colored Pangong Lake, the confluence of two mystical rivers, ancient and awe inspiring monasteries and the highest passes are a few of the marvelous attractions of Leh and Ladakh in general. The wide array of trekking routes will satiate your soul and enrich the senses. It is said that only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time.
The capital of the Ladakh district, Leh is towards the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir. It is perched at a height of 3505 m above sea level. The region is watered by the Zanskar River, which flows into the Indus River just below. The Stok mountain range lies just south of Leh, towards the north one can find the snow-capped Ladakh range.
Nubra Valley is also known as Ldumraâ which means Valley of flowers is located in the north east of Ladakh Valley. Nubra is a cold dessert at high altitude with minimal vegetation. Diskit Monastery is the ancient monastery with remarkably large structure in Nubra.
Situated in the midst of the Himalayas, the lake lies at the Indo-China border with part of the lake in India and the rest in China. Villages around Pangong reflect the rich Buddhist culture that the people have imbibed over time A unique feature of the lake is that it does not remain blue throughout the year or even the day, rather it changes colours from azure to light blue to green and grey too!
Kargil is the second largest urban centre of Ladakh. It is situated at an altitude of about 2704 m, The town is nestled along the rising hillside of the Suru basin. It is the confluence point of the Drass and Wakha tributaries of the Suru River.
Turtuk is the last Indian outpost before Pakistan in Ladakh and the Northernmost villages in India. Lying on the banks of Shyok River, it is a very secluded, military-dominated, and sensitive area, as merely ten kilometers ahead is the border or line of control between India and Pakistan.