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10 Hidden Places in Ladakh You Shouldn’t Miss

10 Hidden Places in Ladakh You Shouldn’t Miss

  • 2022-09-17T06:15:43.041Z

Because of its stunning scenery, chilly deserted mountains, and some of the highest passes in the world, Ladakh is a must-visit tourist destination in India. Almost all adventure travelers in the nation have this place on their bucket lists. Yes, to me, Ladakh time is summertime, and vice versa Leh Ladakh has it all, from rocky mountain ranges to picturesque valleys, stunning lakes, clear skies, and a plethora of adventure. But because this location is so unique, you will need at least 5 to 6 days to explore the picturesque hills and make the most of your holiday.

Ladakh is a very secluded location that is often on the list of travelers and true nature lovers. Many beautiful sites in Leh &Ladakh remain untouched and unexplored by tourists because of having such a wider variety of landscapes to explore. In this wonderland, there is still so much beauty that hasn't been touched. Read on to learn about the 10 hidden places in Ladakh spots you must see if you want to discover the region's true character and enjoy its natural beauty. 

Here is the list of these top 10 Hidden places to visit in Ladakh:

  • Turtuk
  • Hanle
  • Chanthang
  • Upshi & Nearby Monasteries
  • Lamayuru
  • Yarab Tso Lake & Panamik
  • Tirith
  • Panamic Hotspring
  • Rumtsey
  • Chumathang


Turtuk is without a doubt at the top of my list of stunning, undiscovered beauty. This fairytale village is one of the northernmost villages in Ladakh. The Karakoram mountains that surround the village have kept it hidden until quite recently. The region, which up until 1971 was a part of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, was only recently given access to tourists in 2010. Post-1971, Turtuk has become an integral part of India. Till then, this is the Unexplored place in Ladakh.

One of the greatest ways to experience Ladakh's native culture in all of its raw beauty is to visit the Turtuk village. You will be delighted by the homestays, regional cuisine, and friendly residents of the area, and you will have an experience you will never forget in your life. The history of Turtuk is as colorful as the apricot plantations that mark the landscape. It combines all of the cultures that have previously inhabited this area.


Hanle, which is also in Changthang, provides the most soul-pleasing vibes. Hanle, which has a population of roughly 300, is home to a stunning monastery that houses about 10 monks. In addition, the views from the peak will make you pause for a minute. It is located about 19 kilometers from the Line of Actual Control's disputed border. The Indian Astronomical Observatory is located there as well. Due to the proximity of the Tibetan/Chinese border, the site of the village and the observatory are both extremely sensitive, and the Indian government must grant special permission to visit there. So, take permission from the government before visiting this place.

The Himalayan Chandra Telescope, a 2 m gamma-ray telescope, was set up in Hanle by India. The second largest and highest Cerenkov telescope in the world will be the Major Atmospheric Cerenkov Experiment Telescope (MACE).


The Chanthang plateau, which is a part of Tibet, is characterized by its absolute lack of any flora! Due to its elevation of 15,400 feet, Changthang of Ladhak is often compared to Chanthang in Tibet. You'll see a lot of Changpa nomads, who live in a region of Ladakh that is colder than most. They raise those rare Changi goats for their wool.

If you're lucky, you might see a variety of exotic species in the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary. Wolves, snow leopards, gazelles, and a truckload of local birds are among them. In actuality, the Changthang Plateau includes Pangong Tso, the most well-known region of Ladakh.

This plateau is a protected natural area where numerous rare and exotic species can be found. This is the greatest location to go if you want to explore the local flora and animals of Ladakh. By traveling directly from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri, you can also visit the Chusul and Nyoma settlements up there in the Changthang region.

Upshi & Nearby Monasteries

As Upshi is located immediately before Leh on the Leh to Manali highway, you have likely seen it. You reach the smoothest road portion of your journey after completing your final pass, the Taglang-La, and you officially enter Ladakh.

When you do, Upshi has many camping sites. Additionally, this is where the sheep's fur for the pricey Pashmina shawls is collected. Since Stok, Stakna, Hemis, Thiksey, and Shey are all within 50 kilometers of Upshi, there are several monasteries nearby, making it a pleasant stay.


Lamayuru is a small, beautiful village in Ladakh with a highly distinctive geological formation. The town, which is home to one of Ladakh's oldest monasteries, is also referred to by tourists as a "moonscape." The monastery, which dates to the 11th century, was the residence of a great scholar who prayed for the village lake to dry up, causing the development of moon-like crates and giving the monastery its unique geography. Meet the people by taking a stroll through this village, or explore the monastery to learn more about the long history of Ladakh.

Being one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh, it is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating destinations to visit and has a variety of legendary stories attached to it. 

Yarab Tso Lake & Panamik

Panamik is another location in the stunning and surprisingly hidden gems of Nubra valley, Ladhak. Panamik is located about 55 kilometers from Diskit. The last place that people from the outside world can visit is Panamik, which is on the way to the Siachen Glacier. At Panamik, there are separate pools for men and women at the Panamik hot springs. After being tired out by the road journey and the long road trips you've likely already completed, soaking in the hot Sulphur springs is the most calming thing you can do.

It takes around 20 minutes to hike from Panamik Village in Sumur to Yarab Tso Lake. Hire a local cab from Leh or Ladakh to reach Panamik. One of the holiest high-altitude lakes in the valley makes Yarab Tso Lake unique. The lake's water is extremely clean and reflects its surroundings in just the right way. Its beauty and mysticism are undoubtedly enhanced by its remote location. The lake's tranquility and magical atmosphere should encourage you to visit.


If one would want to spend some time in a quiet, peaceful spot, then visit Tirith. You feel like you are in a new location when you first enter here. Due to their age, many monasteries give you the impression that you are experiencing history right in front of you. But because this monastery represents the new age and is so vastly different from all of your previous experiences, it will have an impact on your memories.

Amazing meals may be found here. They mainly prepare food using produce from their vegetable gardens. among the top camping areas in that area. Undoubtedly, a must-see location. The monastery's interior is decorated with vibrant paintings and stunning statues of the gods. Large scroll paintings on silk cloth are also available; they are stunning! If you enjoy exploring new places, I highly recommend taking one of the many routes that depart from here and lead to even smaller towns.

Panamic Hotspring

In the quiet, tiny village of Panamic, which is located in northern Ladakh, is where you'll find the Panamic hot spring. These hot sulfur springs are renowned for having therapeutic qualities that can treat rheumatism and other illnesses. This location is a must-see for all travelers because of the breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains and valleys as well as these hot springs at a height of 10,442 feet above sea level.

Although there are other hot springs in the country, including those in West Bengal's Manikraran and Bakreshwar, Panamik is renowned for being one of the only hot spring villages in the country. Even though the entire region is blessed with breathtaking views, because of its proximity to the Siachen Glacier, the highest battleground in the world, you can enjoy panamic Hotspring unlike everywhere else.


A remote village named Rumtsey can be found on the Leh-Manali highway. With only 20 families, little community captures the true spirit of Ladakh and is encircled by mountains of breathtaking beauty. This is the ideal village to visit if you wish to see the vibrant Ladakh mountains comprised of various components. This is one of the secret places in Leh Ladakh. For a closer look at the "Rainbow Mountains," take a walk through the village and its surroundings. You'll be amazed by this virtue of nature.


A village named Chumathang, which is 138 kilometers from Leh, is well known for its hot springs. This natural wonder is located in a remote area where only a few people are aware of it, hence it is often found empty. You can take a hot water bath in these springs and spend the day at one of Chumathang's tiny guest houses.

The spring is believed to have therapeutic qualities and is located not far from the river itself. Many people think that mineral-rich water helps treat skin diseases. Chumathang can only be reached by road. You can take a flight to Leh, where you can hire a cab to visit Chumathang hot springs. Although there isn't much to do in the small village, we advise avoiding planning a journey solely with that stop in mind. But it's a fantastic pit stop.