Ladakh attractions

Top Choice Palace in Leh

Leh Palace

Bearing a passing similarity to the Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibet), this nine-storey dun-coloured edifice is Leh's dominant structure and architectural icon. It took shape under 17th-century king Singge Namgyal but …
Top Choice Canyon in Yapola Valley

Yapola Gorge

South of Phanjila, a newly asphalted road takes you through spectacular Yapola Gorge, with its soaring rocky sides, spiky mountain vistas and colourful geological pyrotechnics.
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Thiksey

Thiksey Gompa

Glorious Thiksey Gompa is one of Ladakh’s biggest and most recognisable monasteries, photogenically cascading its assorted Tibetan-style buildings down a raised rocky promontory. At its heart, the main dukhang (pray…
Top Choice Village in Timishgan

Tia Village

Old Tia is one of Ladakh's most delightful village ensembles. Antique homes are layered in tight array up a knoll and are linked by a labyrinth of stairways, animal pens and tunnel passages. All it lacks is a wizard…
Area in Leh

Leh Old Town

Behind Leh’s fanciful Sunni men’s mosque, Jamia Masjid, winding alleys and stairways burrow between and beneath a series of old mudbrick Ladakhi houses and eroded chortens. The alleys themselves are a large part of …
Buddhist Monastery in Diskit

Diskit Gompa

Directly above Old Diskit, a 2km spaghetti of hairpins winds up to this fabulous monastery complex, much of which dates to between the 14th and 17th centuries. It's a brilliant jumble of Tibetan-style box buildings …
Pass in Yapola Valley

Sengge La

Commanding a vast and utterly spectacular mountain valley, Sengge La marks the far southern end of the Yapola system, with a distinctive rocky protuberance jutting through a cuff of ice like an upheld hand.
Buddhist Monastery in Lamayuru

Yungdrung Gompa

Lamayuru's gompa is one of the most photogenic Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. It caps the village's central hill, whose eroded slopes are huddled with picturesque homes and pitted with caves.
Village in Nimmu & Chilling


Fascinating Chilling village was founded by the families of Nepali copper craftspeople. They originally arrived in Ladakh to build the classic Buddha statue at Shey Palace, and never returned home.The handicraft tra…
Buddhist Monastery in Leh

Spituk Gompa

Founded in the late 14th century as See-Thub (‘Exemplary’) Monastery, impressive Spituk Gompa surveys the Indus Valley with multiple mudbrick buildings tumbling merrily down a steep hillock towards Spituk village. F…