When you are all set to go on a bike tour to Leh-Ladakh make a list of places to visit their. Have already shared my tips on how to travel, continuing from there suggesting places to visit.
The capital city of Ladakh, Leh City is one of the must visit places on your bike tour. This ancient town has a lot to offer. From ancient architecture, markets and traces of Tibetan heritage to a rare natural beauty which has comparison to none.
Built in 17th century by King Sengge Namgyal, this nine-story royal palace of Leh gives you the sight of snowcapped peaks, Stok Kangri looming up to the sky and the beautiful Indus River. The palace has a collection of artefacts of the time and a lot more to offer.
Nestled at 14,270 feet, the crystal clear Pangong Lake is about 134 kilometers long and 60% of it falls under China’s territory. Displaying seven shades of blue, the waters certainly mesmerizes the travelers’ mind. The towering peaks and the tough road leading to the lake is an experience of a lifetime.
Situated at the height of 15,000 feet, Tso Moriri is fresh water lake in Ladakh. The environs of the water body is a magnificent landscape offering a change from rough to lush green. Fed by two streams and springs, the water body is 7 kilometers wide and 19 kilometers long. The beautiful lake is home to 34 species of birds and rare flora and fauna.
The Shanti Stupa was inaugurated in 1991 by the Holy Dalai Lama. This Japanese structure is located close to the town of Leh. It is Set at a height of about 4200 feet, this white beauty enjoys magnificent views of the panorama of looming snow-clad mountain peaks.
The Hemis Monastery is the largest and richest in India. The Tibetan style architecture glows golden in the midst of the rugged environs. The Hemis Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in the region. The monastery also houses rare and exquisite of Buddha, gold and silver stupas and Thangkas.
The Thiksey Monastery is sited in the Indus valley and is just 18 kilometers away from Leh. The 12-story monastery encloses ten temples, an assembly hall and living quarters for the monks and nuns. The 40 feet high statue of Maitreya Buddha is the prime attraction.
The curious natural phenomenon of the Magnetic hill is located on the National Highway from Leh to Kargil. The elevated road can pull any vehicle up its steep slope even with the ignition of the vehicle off. Road trips to Ladakh remain incomplete if you not been here.
The isolated Zanskar valley is blessed with picturesque natural beauty. Inhabited by monks, it is one of the places that completes your Ladakh Tour. The Zanskar River flows through the valley and has lent its name to the place. It is full of adventures. From river rafting to frozen trek, there are numerous options to pursue.
Khardung La Pass
At 18,739 feet, Khardung La is the highest motorable road in the world. It is located in the Karakorum Range, towards the north of Leh. The pristine air, scenic beauty and the feeling of being on top of the world have made Khardung La a popular tourist attraction.
Nubra Valley is Ladakh’s beautiful secret. Known as the Valley of Flowers, the landscape is a treat. Verdant farms, double humped Bactrian camels, vibrant blooms, traditional villages, desert like landscape all exist at a stretch in this one place.
Hall of Fame
The Hall of fame located near Leh Airfield is a museum constructed and maintained by the Indian Army. The monument honors to soldiers who have lost their lives during Indo-Pak wars.
The Diskit Monastery in the Diskit Village of Nubra Valley dates back to the 14th century. The ancient monastery is home to 106 feet tall statue of Maitreya Buddha in the prayer hall. Every year in February, the monastery is bustling with activities as the popular Dosmoche festival is celebrated.
Zoji La Pass
The Zoji La pass is an important mountain passes lying between Ladakh and Kashmir. The pass is located at a height of about 11,575 feet.
Famous for its natural hot springs that are blessed with medicinal benefits, Drass Valley is located in the heart of Kargil district, Jammu & Kashmir. Renowned to be the second coldest inhabited region in the world, Drass Valley strikes a perfect balance between the lush greens, soothing blues, and bold browns.
Ladakh Bike tour is truly an experience you cherish forever. Hope you have a safe and successful adventure!