If the mountains are calling you, there’s no better place than Leh Ladakh to visit. A Ladakh trip is not only a calling for people but also a great place to spend time with the family. While you must have heard of a Ladakh bike trip, there are other reasons to go there. There are some of the best places to visit Ladakh for families and groups.

Ladakh in Tibetan means “the land of high passes”. It is an understatement to say that Ladakh is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The land is full of rugged mountain trails, picturesque lakes, colourful gompas, friendly faces of the locals, and an overall happy vibe. It is a paradise for adventurers, nature-lovers, and culture buffs. There’s something for everyone to learn and take back from their Ladakh travels.

Want to take a Ladakh trip? Here’s a complete travel guide to Ladakh. It that will help you plan things to do in Ladakh and the best time to visit.

When to plan a Ladakh Trip?

Ladakh is a treat for tourists all year round, so there is no best time to visit Ladakh as such.  However, there are a few places to visit in Ladakh that could be inaccessible during the monsoon or heavy winters.  You can plan a Ladakh trip based on the kind of experience you’re expecting. 

  • Summer in Ladakh (June to September)

Many believe the best time to visit Ladakh is in the summer. The weather boasts pleasant weather with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C during the day, although nights can be cooler. This season is ideal for sightseeing, trekking, and road trips, as the snow has melted and all major passes, including the Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways, are open. The clear skies and vibrant landscapes make it perfect for exploring the region's natural beauty and cultural attractions. 

  • Monsoon in Ladakh (July to September)

Despite being the monsoon season, Ladakh receives minimal rainfall due to its location in a rain shadow area. The temperatures remain similar to the summer months, making it a good time for those looking to avoid the peak tourist crowds. However, it's important to be cautious of occasional landslides and roadblocks during your Ladakh trip. They can occur due to rain in the surrounding regions. 

  • Winter in Ladakh (November to March)

Winter is the best time to visit Ladakh for the adventurous. The temperatures plummet below freezing, often reaching as low as -20°C at night. The landscape transforms into a snowy wonderland, offering unique experiences like the Chadar Trek on the frozen Zanskar River. While the cold can be intense, the clear skies provide breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains. However, many roads, including the Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways, are closed, and travel is primarily through air. So if you are planning a Ladakh bike trip, plan it properly.

Places to visit on your Ladakh trip

It is best to refer to a travel guide to Ladakh as every part of it is picture-perfect, and it is hard to choose where to go and where not to. Many tour guides can help you plan a trip that will help you cover as many tourist spots and things to do in Ladakh as possible during your trip.

Here are some of the popular places to visit in Ladakh.

Pangong Tso

Surrounded by mountains, this lake is one of the most beautiful spots to relax in Ladakh. The way to Pangong Tso Lake from Leh is just as beautiful as the destination. Once you reach, you can stop by local dhabas for a hot lunch and enjoy the view of the lake.

Shanti Stupa

One of the most beautiful Buddhist monuments and places to visit in Ladakh, Shanti Stupa, stands tall on top of a hill and offers a beautiful panoramic view of the area. The stupa has deep religious significance and one can learn a lot about the Buddhist culture. 

Also Read: 5 Popular Lakes in Ladakh You Must Visit

Tso Moriri Lake

4,000 ft above sea level, this serene lake is one of the most popular tourist spots in Ladakh. The surrounding area is rich in flora and fauna. During the summer months, you can spot many bird species and flowers blooming in the surrounding area, making the scenery even more beautiful. The best time to visit Ladakh to see this lake is in summer.

Khardung La Pass

When in Ladakh, you can’t miss Khardung La Pass! It is the highest motorable road in the world. The bumpy and spiral roads with the beautiful view of the Nubra Valley are some of things to do in Ladakh you must not miss. It will be one of the most thrilling experiences you will have. Once you reach the top, you can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and soak in the beautiful view.

Siachen Glacier

Siachen is the highest battlefield in the world and one of the longest glaciers in the world. Many Ladakh travel guides arrange trips to this spot where you can meet the army men at their posts and get to know more about their daily lives. Do try visiting this place on your Leh Ladakh trip. 

  • Leh Palace


Leh Palace is an architectural marvel of the 17th century. It stands as a testament to Ladakh's regal history. There rarely is a travel guide to Ladakh that doesn’t have this place on it.

Built by King Sengge Namgyal, this nine-story structure overlooks the picturesque town of Leh, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and landscape. Though now in a state of partial ruin, the palace still retains its majestic aura, housing ancient relics, murals, and a rich collection of royal artefacts in its museum. 

  • Thiksey Gompa

Perched atop a hill in the Indus Valley, Thiksey Gompa is one of the most iconic and picturesque places to visit in Ladakh. Resembling the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, this 12-story complex is a stunning example of Ladakhi architecture. It houses numerous stupas, statues, thangkas, and wall paintings, with the Maitreya Temple, featuring a 15-meter-high statue of Maitreya Buddha, being a highlight. The monastery is also known for its serene ambience, morning prayers, and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Visiting this place is one of the things to do in Ladakh with your family.  

  • Zanskar Valley

Zanskar Valley is known for its breathtaking landscapes, rugged terrain, and vibrant culture. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the valley is cradled by the Zanskar River, which transforms into a frozen spectacle during winter, forming the famous Chadar Trek. The region is dotted with ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and stunning vistas, offering a unique blend of adventure and spirituality. Zanskar's isolation has preserved its pristine beauty and rich Buddhist heritage, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking tranquillity and adventure.

Depending on the time of the year and how long your trip is, you can add more places to visit in Ladakh to enjoy its beauty and uniqueness.

Also Read: 7 Reasons to Visit Ladakh

How to Reach Ladakh

Many believe that a Ladakh bike trip is the only way to get there. However, that is not the case. Here’s detailed information on how to reach Ladakh.

  • Ladakh By Air:

Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is the main airport, well-connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. Flights are frequent, especially during the tourist season (June to September). Upon landing, you can hire taxis to reach various destinations in Ladakh.

  • Ladakh By Rail:

Ladakh does not have a direct rail connection. The nearest major railway stations are in Jammu Tawi (approximately 700 km from Leh) and Chandigarh (approximately 800 km from Leh). From these stations, you can either take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Ladakh.

  • Ladakh By Road:

Ladakh is accessible by road from two routes: 

  • Srinagar-Leh Highway (NH1): This route is typically open from late April or early May to November. The journey from Srinagar to Leh takes about 2 days with a stopover in Kargil. It offers scenic views of the Himalayas, passing through Sonamarg, Zoji La Pass, and Drass.
  • Manali-Leh Highway: Open from June to October, this route takes about 2 days with a recommended stopover in Keylong or Jispa. It traverses through Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La, and Tanglang La, offering breathtaking landscapes. 

For many adventure enthusiasts, a Ladakh bike trip is a dream journey. The rugged terrain, high-altitude passes, and stunning landscapes make it an unforgettable experience. Bikers often prefer the Manali-Leh Highway for its challenging routes and mesmerizing views.

Where to stay in Ladakh

Leh is the joint capital and the largest city in Ladakh, making it the best place for tourists to stay. There are many homestays, hotels, and resorts in Ladakh. The Driftwood Ladakh, a Club Mahindra affiliate resort, is a perfect blend of comfort and luxury for tourists. The resort has Ladakhi architecture coupled with modern amenities to ensure the guests have a comfortable stay while also enjoying the vibe of the land. After being on the road all day exploring the beauty of Ladakh and indulging in adventure sports, it is the perfect place to come back to have a delicious local meal and relax.

Ladakh is truly a paradise on earth and your wanderlust days are incomplete without a visit here. The pictures on the internet do no justice to the beauty of this place. You truly have to see it to believe it. So, when are you planning your Ladakh trip?

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