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Ladakh is a destination that is on every traveler’s bucket list. The beautiful valleys, huge mountain passes, crystal blue lakes and the equally blue skies are a sight that cannot be missed. But there’s a major difference between travelling in Ladakh and touring in Ladakh. The usual tourist follows the itinerary, visits the mainstream locations, clicks thousands of pictures and goes back home feeling satisfied. But a real traveler goes that extra mile, explores the hidden wonders of the location and goes back home with real stories, about real people and real places.
So, if you’re a wanderer who belongs to the second lot mentioned above, here are 7 places you should definitely stop by when you visit Ladakh.
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205 kms from Leh, Turtuk is a beautiful village which is a part of the Shyok valley. Shyok river and view of the peak of majestic mount K2 is what this village offers. Turtuk is the last outpost in India from where Pakistan- controlled Northern Areas begin. A visit to this wonderful village will definitely get you close to nature and in turn, make you feel close to yourself.
How to get there: Nubra Valley lies about 80 km away from Turtuk. Turtuk can be best accessed from Hunder which lies in the Nubra Valley.
Best place to stay: Turtuk Holiday Camp
Address: Turtuk,Nubra, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194401
Phone: 01980 248 103
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Tso Moriri or Lake Moriri is the largest of the high altitude lakes in India. Located just 14 kms from Leh, this lake gets its crystal blue water from the snowcapped mountains that surround it. You can also spot rare flora, fauna and animals nearby that will definitely make your trip to this serene lake worthwhile.
How to get there: One can reach Tsomoriri from Pangong Tso through the Chantgang region. The distance between Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri is about 235 km
Best place to stay: Lake View Hotel
Address: Korzok Village, Tsomoriri , Leh Ladakh, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
Phone: 094191 78829
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Speaking of animals and offbeat locations, Donkey Sanctuary which is near the Leh City Center is one place you must visit. Donkeys that have been abandoned are sheltered here and given proper food and care. So if you’re an animal lover, you can contribute to this wonderful cause and make some donations when you visit this one-of-a-kind sanctuary.
Best place to stay: Hotel Caravan Center
Address: Skara, Ladakh, Near Petrol Pump, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
Phone: 01982 252 282
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The adventurous lot should definitely take some time out to visit the beautiful village of Uleytokpo which is at the Bank of Indus River. Located 70 kms from Leh, this village offers a thrilling experience for adrenaline junkies. Trekking through the beautiful valleys and cycling to the monasteries around this village will definitely be one of the high points of your trip to Ladakh.
How to get there: Uleytokp is located around 70 km from Leh. It is best advised to hire a taxi to get there.
Best place to stay: Ule Ethnic Resort
Address: ULE ETHNIC RESORT. Uleytokpo P.O Box no. 168. Leh 194101, Ladakh India
Phone: 011-2261-9900, + 91 98184-5653
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Lamayuru monastery being the major attraction of this village, is 110 kms away from Leh and a must-visit site for those who desire spiritual tranquility. The Lamayuru Monastery was founded in the 11th century and is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh.
Best place to stay: Hotel Moonland in Lamayuru
Address: Leh-Srinagar road, Leh-Ladakh, Lamayuru, Jammu and Kashmir 194106
Phone: 094198 88508
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Located on the Leh Manali highway, history enthusiasts will find their haven at the ruins of Shey palace. Built by the King of Leh in 1655, the palace had a huge copper statue of Shakyamuni Buddha covered in gold. A small trek of a few flights of stairs will take you to this once magnificent palace which will definitely be worth your time.
Best place to stay: Hotel Nature Residency (6 kms from Shey Palace)
Address: Choglamsar – Spituk Road, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101.
Phone: 092666 79308
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A quaint little town, Chilling is just the place for those who want to get away from the hustle bustle of city life. Trekking through valleys, sights of the Zanskar River and not a soul to bother you while you soak in the wonderful scenery! What else does a wanderer need?
How to get there: Located at 68 kms from Leh, there’s a bus service that runs on every Wednesday and Sunday – from Leh to Chilling
Best place to stay: Namra Hotel
Address: Tingmosgang, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
Phone: 01982 229 033