• Nandika Sahani

7 Must-Visit Hidden Gems of Ladakh

Updated: May 2


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LADAKH (Captured by:- Rish Agarwal on unsplash)
"When exploring Ladakh, be a traveler and not a tourist ", you may have heard this quote a thousand times over, but have you ever wondered why is that so?

Well, Ladakh is often referred to as the Land of explorers, which is because this amazing place has several hidden treasures waiting to be explored. Ladakh is home to a lot of wars and picturesque locations. There is no air as fresh as it is in Ladakh. A place to relax, a place to explore, a place to do adventure activities, a place to do photography, the answer will always be Ladakh. The place itself is a hidden treasure, however, there are several spots an explorer may miss. So let's dive in and find out what these spots are! Let's dig into the Ladakh map more!! So, are you planning for a Ladakh trip? and that too a Ladakh trip by bike? And do you want to make a Leh Ladakh/Ladakh bike trip itinerary? Continue reading and Check out the below spots:


Explore Ladakh and find the Unexplored Places in Ladakh


1. Rumtse

2. Uleytokpo

3. Sumur

4. Turtuk

5. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

6. Stok Village

7. SECMOL


How about a Leh Ladakh trip plan or a Ladakh trip package covering all these places? Read more about these places below:



RUMTSE

Rumtse is a small village in Ladakh, which is also a starting point for the Tso Moriri trek, the place is sandwiched between Tibet, Zanskar, and Ladakh. The valley is characterized by snow-capped mountains and pasturelands. Like the rest of Ladakh, this area is almost barren and is known for its picturesque scenic beauty. The Rumtse monastery is of quite significance to the locals around. The monastery is known for its 108 stupas. The place is a paradise for explorers and trekkers, as one gets a chance to explore the wildlife around and is also a starting point for the famous Tso Moriri trek.

Rumtse is the first human settlement on the way from Lahaul to Ladakh after Taglang Pass. It is located 70 km east of Leh.



ULEYTOKPO

The Uleytokpo village is one of the most beautiful places in Ladakh, the place is located at an altitude of 10000 ft. and serves as the perfect example of why Ladakh is called the land of high passes. This location is known for camping. Camping here is an amazing experience as you get a chance to explore the snow-capped mountains from such proximity. Uleytokpo is one of the beautiful and well-hidden secrets of Ladakh. The village also serves as a base camp for many treks. This place is a paradise for people who wish to escape the hustle-bustle of city life and relax. The place is famous for the Yundrung Monastery of Lamayuru. The ancient monastery dates back to the 11th century and has roots in Tibetan Buddhism. Uleytokpo is also known for The Chulichan Nunnery and Rizong Monastery. One of the few Buddhist nunneries in India, Chulichan serves as a home for women who have accepted to serve the divine. The place is also famous for Cham Dance, which is a cultural folk dance of Ladakh.

The Ladakhi village of Uleytokpo is located 70 km west of Leh. It lies on the Leh - Srinagar Highway and can be easily reached by cabs and public buses.


Read more about how to experience Uleytokpo at blog written by "name"


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THE MOUNTAINS, LADAKH (Captured by:-Darshan Chudasma on unsplash)

Read more about the Ladakh travel experience in the blog written by Shubham Mansingka

SUMUR

Sumur is another small village of Ladakh, situated near the Nubra river. This place is known for the famous Samstanling Gompa - a well-built and maintained monastery. The monastery from inside has really beautiful wall paintings and also paintings made on different fabrics depicting religious symbols. The place is perfect for mountain enthusiasts and nature lovers. The place is also known for Panamik hot springs, which are indeed blissful for travelers. The place also has several monasteries where one can meditate and relax.

Sumur is located in the Nubra valley and the best way to reach here is to take a jeep from Leh.


TURTUK

The beautiful village of Turtuk is located near Nubra valley. The place lies on the banks of river Shyok and is known for its lush greenery, unlike the other parts of Ladakh. However, the place remains unexplored, due to its proximity to the LOC. The place is known for Balti culture, which is now practiced in few areas, and delicious apricots, which is something one should not miss.

Turtuk is located at a distance of 205 km from Leh and can be reached by renting a cab or a jeep.


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A MONASTERY IN LADAKH (Captured by:- Mona Singh on unsplash)

GURUDWARA PATHAR SAHIB

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is built in the memory of Guru Nanak Dev, a Sikh guru. The gurudwara is situated about 12000ft above sea level. The Tibetan Buddhists, also consider Guru Nanak as a holy person. This place marks the importance of friendship between the Buddhists and the Sikhs. The easiest way to reach the Pathar Sahib Gurudwara near Leh by road. The state-run JKSRTC buses ply within the Ladakh region. You can also take your private vehicle (cars/bikes) to Gurudwara Pathar Sahib from Leh as well.


STOK VILLAGE

Stok Village is known for its culture and heritage and is considered one of the major centers to learn about the culture of Ladakh. The place is home to a royal family and is known for the Stok Monastery, which was built in the 14th century and is home to a high seated Gautam Buddha statue. This village is located at a distance of 20 km from Ladakh and one can easily reach there by government-run buses or by hiring a private vehicle.


SECMOL

SECMOL (Student’s Educational and Cultural movement of Ladakh), this is the school from the famous movie 3 idiots. The school was built to bring educational reforms to Ladakh. The school being eco-friendly and self-sustainable is something which attracts tourists from all over the world. This school is a must-visit destination for all travelers and explorers. This is located on the old Leh road about 7 km from the main city.



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SECMOL (Taken from the official website)

Gita Ashok has rightly said,

"A nature lover’s paradise,

a photographer’s obsession,

an artist’s inspiration,

a traveler’s cynosure,

Ladakh is all these and more.

Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth."


The beauty of Ladakh is so mesmerizing that it cannot be expressed in words. It is a place that is meant to be explored and not just read about. There are a number of hidden places in Ladakh, which truly are gems, waiting to be found, explored, and cherished.



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