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Best Places Near Leh-Ladakh That are a Must Visit

By Anubha Das

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 6 min read

One of the places that have the capability of popping your eyes with its tremendous allure and charm. Visited by the Indians as well as the tourists who get stunned by the beauty of leh-Ladakh. Though there is a lot of things in Ladakh itself to explore, there are some destinations and places that are near Leh-Ladakh and make you a long and great trip around the whole Jammu and Kashmir. Let's count in some of those places for you to make it easier. 



Shimla is one of the prior destinations for honeymoon for couples but it is also amazing must visit place for an individual too. You may love the weather of this place as it stays quite cool throughout the year but in winters you may encounter snowfall as well, which definitely turns out to be a treat to watch and experience. So you can surely plan a trip together with leh and Shimla to experience the beauty at its best.places-near-leh-ladakh

Best time to visit: October to February 

Distance from leh: 341km 




Patnitop resides in the arms of the Shivalik range of Himalayas at 2024 meters above the sea level. This is a perfect destination for a short hill station sneak out. It is a calm and serene place to spend your weekend out of the hustle. Trekkers may know about this place as this is the start for many treks to the nearby mountains. You can walk around this place to admire the amazing natural beauty.places-near-leh-ladakh

Best time to visit: May to June, September to October, December to March. 

Distance from Leh: 241km 



At Pangong Tso, you will be greeted by a few signboards saying, “Stop here to see rare endemic species Marmot”. Pangong Tso, located at a height of almost 4,350m has the world's highest saltwater lake which seems to be dyed in blue, stand in stark contrast to the arid mountains surrounding it. This place is like a sheet of vivid blue that is wrapped by the mountains making it the most beautiful place to visit near Leh-Ladakh.places-near-leh-ladakh

Best time to visit: June-October 

Distance from Leh: 222 km



A heaven for the people who love nature and scenic natural views. This is a valley situated along the banks of the Sindh river this place is popular for being the base camp for the Amarnath pilgrims. It creates an alternate shorter way to reach Amarnath easily. If you want to spend your holidays in a serene and beautiful place then this is it. You should not miss out on visiting this place as it will not only give you a holistic aura but also a pure and calm environment which will refresh your mind completely. places-near-leh-ladakh

Best time to visit: May to September 

Distance from Leh: 330 km 



This is place is of the "chaar dhaam" according to Hindu belief. It is said to be one of the holiest and pure places among the Hindu's. It is at the height of 12756 ft and almost throughout the year it is covered with snow but when the shrine is opened for the visit it is a little less of snow but the weather remains freezing still. Many of the devotees make a visit here every year you should also not miss out on this holy yet beautiful and snowy place.places-near-leh-ladakh

Best time to visit: May to September 

Distance from Leh: 190 km 



Nubra invites you on a trip back in time into a nearly forgotten 'Shangri La'. With breathtaking views and delightfully hospitable inhabitants, it is one of those many places near Leh-Ladakh where you surely need to be making a stop. The time to explore Nubra Valley is in the month of July-September. This unexploited paradise experiences the cold weather throughout the year. One of the main highlights of the place being nestled on the edge of a desert on the Shyok-side valley is Diskit. Fall in love with the pleasant weather and eye-dropping sights.places-near-leh-ladakh

Best time to visit: July-September

Distance from Leh: 160 Km


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Let's Move a Little Away



Literally the paradise of India, this place resides on the banks of Jhelum. Consists of exemplary picturesque views that will mesmerize you with its charm and beauty. The capital of Jammu and Kashmir is extremely famous for the Dal Lake that has a floating market on it and also offers you the pleasure of experiencing skiing in winters when the whole lake freezes because of the low temperature. It is one of the attractive tourist spots and a lot of people visit this place whole year as the weather remains cheerful and pleasant all the time but winters are completely delightful.places-near-leh-ladakh

Best time to visit: April to October 

Distance from Leh: 421.2 km 



Manali is one of the most popular places among tourists and youngsters for sure, it offered tremendous picturesque beauty which will fascinate you completely with its alluring charm. The place is also known for it trekking trails. Solang valley is one of the places that is frequently visited in Manali which is another delight with its scenic and mesmerizing views it offers skiing and paragliding as well for some adventurous fun. Everyone should visit this place at least once before you die, it is that alluring.places-near-leh-ladakh

Best time to visit: October To February 

Distance from Leh: 473.3 km 



Sanasar resides in the udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the places that is liked by the people who are desperately seeking for the time away from the all the hustle of the city and busy roads and needs time in isolation and peace. Sanasar has turned out to be a serene place but the government has not worked a lot upon this place as very fewer people visit here but still it has not yet lost its charm and beauty. places-near-leh-ladakh

Best time to visit: May to June and September to October 

Distance from Leh: 638 km 



The town that is best remembered for its war is not the only reason one remembers Kargil. Once known as Purig, Kargil has a mixture of Dard and Tibetan descent. There are also a lot of adventure sports along with the history of this place. You can go for river rafting, trekking, camping, mountaineering and so forth. Some of the places to visit in Kargil would be the Nun and Kun peaks, the Mulbek, the Zanskar Valley, etc. People have to register themselves at the Tourist Registration Centre to visit this place near Leh-Ladakh.


Best time to visit: May-September

Distance from Leh: 739 km


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So, are you ready to extend your trip to Leh-Ladakh to visit these best places near Leh-Ladakh.



Q - What is the difference between Leh and Ladakh?

A - Ladakh is a division in Jammu & Kashmir and Leh is the capital of Ladakh. Therefore, Ladakh refers to the whole region comprised of the districts of Leh and Kargil. Leh is just one of the two districts, along with Kargil, which can be further subdivided into tehsils.


Q. What are the unusual facts about Leh-Ladakh?

A. To know more about the unusual facts read: 15 Fascinating Facts About Leh Ladakh That Makes The Place Even More Captivating

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