• Leh, which was the capital of Ladakh, is the second largest district in India, after Kutch in Gujarat. The district, with an area of 45, 110 sq kms, is the land of monks and monasteries. Leh district is known for its rich cultural heritage and it is the best tourist place to visit between the months of May to November. ReutersReuters
  • Pangong Tso is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountain peaks and is one of the favourite tourist destinations in Ladakh. The 134 kms long lake with deep blue water is situated along the India-China border. One of the tourist attractions of Pangong Lake is the availability of tents for the visitors.Creative Commons
  • Khardung La or Khardung pass is known as the highest motorable pass in the world as several bike riders visit this place every year. It is around 39 kilometres by road from Leh and is one of the favourite places of adventure lovers.Reuters
  • Shey Gompa or Monastery was once the summer capital of Ladakh. The place is popular for the Shay palace and the giant copper statue of Buddha. The best time to visit this place is during the festivals Shey Doo Lhoo and Shey Rupla.Creative Commons
  • Spituk Monastery or Pethup Gompa is another popular tourist destination in Ladakh. The giant statue of Kali in the monastery is unveiled to the public during Spitok festival. Spituk monastery, which is a home to 100 monks, becomes the host for the two-day annual festival .Reuters
  • Thiksay Gompa or monastery, situated in the right side of Indus River, is known for its architectural works and the huge statue of Maitreya. Ancient wall paintings, statues, stupas and weapons attract the tourist to this place. The large pillars of Thiksay Gompa are engraved with wisdom quotes of the Buddha.Creative Commons
  • Phyang Gompa, which is also known as blue peak, is popular among the tourist for the 900-year-old museum inside the monastery. The museum is home for fine Kashmiri bronzes and extensive collection of idols.Creative Commons
  • Tso Moriri is a beautiful lake situated in Changthang of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the best place to visit for nature lovers as it is rich in flora and fauna. Tso Moriri is only open to the visitors during the summer season.Creative Commons
  • Shanti Stupa is a white dome stupa built by the Japanese Buddhist organisation and it was constructed to commemorate the 2500 years of Buddhism. It provides an amazing view of sunrise and sunset.Creative Commons
  • Kargil is the second largest town in Ladakh, after Leh. Though the place is not very popular among the tourists, its moderate climate attracts visitors to Kargil.Creative Commons

Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the best tourist destinations in India with Gompas, Stupas and beautiful lakes. The population in Ladakh mostly follows Budhism and is known as 'Little Tibet'.

Ladakh, which is also known as 'land of high passes', is popular among the tourist for its rich culture and natural beauty.