For the past two years my go to destination has been Leh-Ladakh. Naturally, I was smitten by the breathtaking beauty of the place. So for my initial time in Leh I did, visited, experienced all the touristy stuff. As I mingled with the locals, drove around the city, state; I came across some off the grid beautiful places. Here are some of those places that you should visit in Ladakh. All of these places are close by so you can either drive, take a cab or walk (if walking is your thing) there.
- Hall of Fame: Across Leh airport, on the Leh-Spituk highway; is the hall of fame. It’s a beautiful museum managed by the army based over there. This museum exhibits beautiful scenic pictures of what ladakh has to offer (flora and fauna), history of how the roads were built, disaster management in the high- altitude area, and narratives of the war heroes from India –Pakistan wars. There is an astonishing miniature model of all the passes and famous destinations in the land of passes- Ladakh. On the first floor you will find a souvenir shop, in case you want to pick up any. One thing that you should definitely try and catch up is documentary screening which happens every hour. This documentary talks about the discourse of the Kargil war. Alongside the museum is an adventure park where you can catch up archery and various other activities. Right across the museum is the army base which proudly displays the magnificent Indian flag, which is quite a view. And if you get cold catch up a coffee in the café Aroma next to the museum.Opening hours: 9am -7pm
- Indus Zanskar Confluence: Also known as sangam by the locals, the mighty Indus and Zanskar rivers’ confluence will leave you dumbfounded. It’s based in the Nimmu valley. You can choose to drive by from the highway and see this confluence from the road above or even drive down to the shore. A viewing deck is also available that gives you the perfect view from top and lets you soak in the beauty for hours. However getting to the viewing deck requires some climbing and it’s extremely windy there. So be mindful of carrying your warm clothes.
- Namgyal Tsemo Gompa: So this gompa isn’t much of an eye candy. But why I mentioned it here you ask? So across the monastery is a visible hill, you can climb up there to find a soothing yet mesmerizing panoramic view of the entire city underneath your feet. Multiple prayer flags from the gompa flow to this hill and then downwards. The sight is very much magical.
- Army Fire and Fury Golf Course: This is one of the world’s highest golf course (11500 ft.), located in Choglamsar, Leh. Interestingly, it’s a brown gold course and you will be carrying a mat of green grass along with you the whole time to base and hit. In winters you have to use a red ball instead of white. It will surely take some shots out of you to get acquainted but I can assure you it’s one hell of an experience to have.
- Gurudwara Pathar Sahib: The gurudwara is situated on NH1 (Leh- Kargil road), nearby Phey village. A very serene place that will instantly calm you down and make you feel grounded. In the middle of the highway this gurudwara makes you feel at home. I have spent hours just sitting around in the vicinity. Also while you are ther make sure to catch a meal in the langar and chai/ bundi later.
So do explore these places and leave comments about your experiences and any other exciting places that you found interesting.