A monastery named after the village in the district Leh, Alchi is located at the banks of the river Indus. It is situated in the valley’s lowland and is known for the oldest gompa in Alchi monastery is a national heritage monument and is famed for the 11th century murals and wall paintings in Indo-Tibetan style. There are home-stays available for tourists with modern conveniences.
Home to the Changpa nomads, Changtang or Changthang is known for the beautiful tranquil lakes and vast highlands. It is part of the Tibetan plateau and has Arctic-like climate. The protected reserve, Changtang Nature Reserve is considered the 2nd largest nature reserve though most of the Tibetan Chanthang is now protected area.
A panoramic valley in Ladakh, Chushul had an airstrip that was active during 1962, Indo-China war. Situated close to Pangong Lake and Rezang La, it is located at an altitude of 4,360m. It used to be the headquarters of the Changthang block before 1962.
Situated in Dhahanu valley, about 160 km from Leh, Dah and Hanu are the only two Brokpa villages that are open to tourists. With Indo-European features, the native Dard people are in complete contrast to the predominately Mongolian and Tibetan inhabitants. They have their own pantheon of Gods with slight Buddhist leanings.
At an altitude of 13, 500 ft. the scenic yet small village of Durbuk is situated close to the Chang La pass and is on the way to Pangong Tso Lake.
This tiny village, Gya is situated in the gorge of the river Gya and is panoramically located between the Tanglang La Pass and the Indus river valley. Just above the village, there is Buddhist monastery and numerous stupas. It is accessible from Upshi.
About 35 km from Leh, this village is a stopover for river rafting groups and the annual rafting expedition on the Indus River starts from here. The temperatures vary from 40°C to -28 °C, during the summer and winter months there are hardly any flora and fauna. The revered Pathar Sahib Gurudwara lies on the way from Leh to Nimu.
An old village that traces its popularity to the 17th century Hanle Gompa which follows the Drukpa Kagyu sect of the red Hat Tibetan Buddhism. It is situated on the old Tibet-Ladakh trade route and the king Sengee Namgyal died in this village after a battle with the Mongols. Today the village is home to the Astronomical Observatory and due to the sensitivity of location of the village (close to Tibetan border, special permits are required by the tourists to visit here.
A small town in Leh, Nyoma has an Indian Air Force airstrip and lies on the banks of the Indus river. It is situated on the Leh-Hanle-Loma road and is close to the towns of Rupshu and Mahe. There is a small Buddhist monastery which permits tourists to visit on a special permit.
A major road junction on the Manali-Leh Highway is about 47 km from Leh and has panoramic views of the Indus River that flows along the highway. It is close to Tanglang La while the old trading road heads to Tibet from Upshi village. A helipad is situated on this specific road.