Best Time & Places To Visit In Leh Ladakh 2020: The Complete Guide

Leh-Ladakh 2020: The Complete Tour Guide For Ladakh By Bike, Bus, Train, Flight, Best Time To Visit, Places To Visit

Ladakh is one of the most beautiful places in India. This is just like a pilgrim for the bikers community across the globe because of mighty KhardungLa Pass, the highest motorable road in the world. I did this trip back in June 2018, and it was an amazing experience.

I along with my cousin brothers went on this memorable bike trip. Don’t worry, I will not promote any travel agencies or affiliate products. This will be a complete unbiased guide that will actually help you out in planning a Ladakh Trip 2020. Before starting let me tell you that you should have at least 7 days of time to do this.

Leh Ladakh 2020

Basically, Leh is the capital city of Ladakh union territory where you can get all necessary things that are available in Delhi. Of course, with a little hike of price. The Ladakh region in India shares Border with Pakistan, and China.

Have you heard of Siachen glacier, the highest battlefield in the world is situated in Ladakh. And tourists are allowed till Siachen base camp after getting permission from the administration. Permission? Don’t worry, you can easily get it from Leh city.

The man in the photo above is me with my Bajaj Dominar 400 on the shore of Pangong Lake. If you have watched Amir Khan’s ‘3 Idiots’ then you must have figured it out that it is the same lake. Yes, it is, and you can visit my Instagram profile (@theamitjangra) for more exciting photos.

Now, let’s jump into the places to visit in Ladakh

Best Places to Visit in Ladakh

Well if you have plenty of time, then the list is long, I will only cover the popular ones.

1. Leh City

As already told above that Leh is the capital city of the Ladakh region and it is full of monuments that will require a day or two. The most popular one is Shanti Stupa, a white-domed structure.

Leh Ladakh - shanti stupa
Leh Ladakh – Shanti Stupa (Source: Wikipedia)

You can search for the Chanspa region in Leh if you are a self explorer kind of person to find this holy beauty of Leh. And one more thing, you will find cheap homestays in Chanspa.

Now let’s jump into the market of Leh. You must be thinking why am I talking about the market? Well, it should be in your bucket list not just for buying some essential stuff but for seeing the different Ladakhi culture.


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Apart from these 2, there are various other places which are kind of similar to modern society. During my Ladakh bike trip, I visited these two places as a majority of tourists do.

2. Khardung La Pass

In my list, the second place that I consider to be visited is Khardunga La pass. It is the world’s highest motorable road having an altitude of 17,582ft or 5.359m. You will only see bikers taking pictures on this pass for memories to gaze in the future.

If you are a biker then you will better understand, how it feels to ride on the highest motorable road. Ladakh is simply meant for a bike trip, people do visit by other means but the experience of this place will be partial in taxi or car.


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It feels like you are at the top of the world. But before going there make sure you don’t have any respiratory ailments as it is situated at a high altitude where there is a limited amount of oxygen available.

If you understand the Hindi language, then watch the video below to experience Khardung La and Nubra Valley.

I hope you liked this video, express your feeling in the comment section.

3. Nubra Valley

Have you ever seen 2-humped Camels in some movies or something? Do they really exist in India? Yes, In Nubra Valley of Ladakh, you will see the cold desert and it is going to be a whole new level of experience.

In Nubra Valley, there is a place known as Hunder, which is famous for sand dunes and the camels I’m talking about.

Apart from this, once you enter Nubra Valley, the town which arrives is Diskit where the tallest Gautam Buddha’s idol and the monastery will leave you speechless.


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4. Pangong Lake

Pangong lake is the second most popular destination in Ladakh. This is the place where the ‘3 Idiots’ movie ended. It is located very near to the Indo-Tibetan border and this lake so huge that only 1/3rd part in India and rest in China.


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5. Magnetic Hill

The magnetic hill is the place where if you park your vehicle on the marking on the road, then you feel like it’s moving on its own against gravity. You can reach here by road after covering a distance of 30Km from Leh towards Kargil.

This place is also linked with a religious belief of Ladakhi people that is the way to heaven. But it’s just the optical illusion which our eyes and mind are unable to identify. You must visit this place to experience it on your own.

Leh Ladakh - Magnetic Hill (Source: Wikipedia)
Leh Ladakh – Magnetic Hill (Source: Wikipedia)

In a limited period of time, these are the places that are best to visit. Now, let’s jump into the best time to visit Ladakh. (Also Read: ‘Supergirl Season 5’ Episode 19.)

Best Time To Visit Ladakh

Well, in short, you can visit Ladakh at any time of the year, it all depends on the places and level of adventure you choose. The majority of tourists prefer visiting this place from June to October.

This is so because, in the summer season, the roads are open with a little bit of snow on the roadside. Well, there are 2 routes from Delhi or Chandigarh that people use; One via Srinagar and other is via Manali.

If you have prior experience of remote hilly areas and you love taking some sort of risk i.e., an adventure-loving person like me. Then Manali will be the best route for you to reach Leh. On this route, there are no fueling stations for a distance of 365km.

No mechanics, no villages, you will only find beds on rent in the shared or separate big tents fixed by the locals. One more thing, on this Manali-Leh Highway, the altitude increases with few kilometers and is full of multiple passes.

Most of the people suffer AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in this region. If you already have some respiratory problem then please don’t go on this route.

On the other hand, via Srinagar-Leh Highway, the height increase slowly and you will not face any AMS issue on this route. You will easily get acclimatized to this highway.

If you are a biker and planning for a Ladakh Bike Trip then make sure you watch this video below for budget and route.

You can also visit Ladakh in winter only via flight and only a limited number of places are open due to heavy snowfall. Winter Ladakh is not everyone’s cup of tea.

If you want to ask any question then feel free to comment below, I will make sure to give a reply asap. And if you like watching travel vlogs and bike trips then you should subscribe to my YouTube channel, AdventurerAmit.

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Amit Sharma
I'm an entertainment lover, traveler and loves to read and write on latest news and stories across the globe. I've 6 years of journalism experience and currently settled with The Courier Daily (TCD) as a full time journalist and content writer.


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