20 Photos That Will Make Ladakh your Instagram Favorite Destination

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Who doesn’t like to get clicked, or post regular updates on Instagram? And when the location is as beautiful as Leh – Ladakh, it’s natural for both the photographer and model within you to come alive. We are recently back from a 9 day Road Trip with JustWravel, and believe me when I say that, all 9 Wravelers fell in love with Leh Ladakh. It could be seen when everyplace we went, first everyone used to click photos of the amazing scenery and natural beauty and then of each other. The background of the photos were so good that even the people behind the cameras, liked to get clicked every now and then. So, without much delay, follow me as I take you to 7 spots that will make Ladakh your Instagram favorite destination.

The high passes – Khardung La, Taglang La, Chang La passes

Khardung La (Khardung Pass, la means pass in Tibetan) is a mountain pass in the Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, also known as the World’s Highest Motorable Pass. The local pronunciation is “Khardong La” or “Khardzong La” but, as with most names in Ladakh, the romanised spelling varies.

The pass on the Ladakh Range lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. The Siachen Glacier lies part way up the latter valley. Built in 1976, it was opened to public motor vehicles in 1988 and has since seen many automobile, motorbike and mountain biking expeditions. Maintained by the Border Roads Organization, the pass is strategically important to India as it is used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier.

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At Khardung La Top (Highest)

Nestled at an altitude of 5328 m above the sea level, in the Zanskar range, Taglang La  pass is the second highest mountain pass in the world, the first being Khardungla Pass. It is the residence of the nomadic Changpa herdsman who can be seen herding their cattle and goats. The pass is adjacent to the Leh-Manali highway and is reached via 21 Gata loops. The two nearest settlements to this pass are Sarchu towards Manali and Upshi towards Leh. Upshi is a stopover on the route to Leh where tourists halt for a cup of tea. From Upshi, Leh is just a half an hour drive.

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At Tagalang La Pass

The pass provides for a scenic view as it sways away from the main highway. Ample vegetation on both sides further cools the already chilled air and at times, the sharp bends provide just the adrenaline push adventurists crave.  There is a holy temple and a number of sign boards to help you out where one of the sign boards give details about the altitude of the pass and the other tells that from the pass, Leh is around 111 kms from here.

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Time for a selfie at the 2nd highest pass in the world

The Chang La  Pass is a high mountain pass located in Ladakh, India. At an elevation of 5,360 m (17,590 ft) above the sea level, it’s said to be the third highest motorable pass in the world. The pass, guarded and maintained by the Indian Army (due its proximity to Chinese border), it’s covered with snow throughout the year.

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At Chang La Pass (3rd Highest) enroute Pangong Tso

The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changthang Plateau situated in the Himalayas. The pass is located on the 134 km-long (83 mi) road between the Pangong Lake and Leh.

Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa is situated at a height of 4267 meters overlooking the Leh city, it gives a panaoromic view of surrounding snowcapped mountains. Situated at a distance of about 5 km drive able road from the Leh city or one can reach here by climbing 500 steps. The location of Shanti Stupa is such that it is visible from all over Leh city.

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Shanti Stupa

It is built as a two level structure, a flight of stairs leads to the first level where a Dharmchakra (as in white strip of Indian national flag) with two deer on each side, features a central image of Lord Buddha in golden colour sitting on a platform turning the Dharmchakra wheel, the second level depicting the birth of Buddha, defeating of devils in meditation and death of Buddha along with many small images of meditating Buddha, all embossed in vibrant colours.

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Time for a wide angle groupfie with the Action Camera

A white dome Stupa (Chorten) built on a Changspa, a steep hill, opposite the Leh Palace different in architecture from the Ladhakhi style gives a magnificent view at sunrise and sunset, it looks more beautiful at night illuminated in the white light. It was built by the Ladakh and Japanese Buddhists, Ladakhis offered voluntary labor, construction started in 1983 and it was inaugurated in August 1991 by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. It was built to promote world peace and prosperity and to commemorate the 2500 years of Buddhism. Any photo clicked here, will make Ladakh your Instagram favorite destination

Ladakh your Instagram favorite destination

Diskit Monastery

Close to the oldest monastery of Nubra valley in Ladakh, Diskit monastery, lies the impressive statue of Jampa Buddha. Along the other attractions of Nubra, this mighty Buddha statue surmounted on top of a monastery, is one of the prime and is deeply appreciated for its architecture. Facing the Shyok River, the statue sits tall with a height of 32 meters and was constructed with the help of the natives of the valley. A photo with the 32 m tall Maitreya Buddha statue in backdrop will make Ladakh your Instagram favorite destination

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Ladakh your Instagram favorite destination - Diskit
The 32 m tall Maitreya Buddha statue at Diskit Monastery

The picturesque roads

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Country Roads, take me Home !

Gata Loops is a name that is unknown to everyone except for a few who have traveled on the Manali Leh highway. It is a series of twenty one hairpin bends that takes you to the top of the 3rd high altitude pass on this highway, Nakeela, at a height of nearly 16000 ft.  People who do know the name Gata Loops know it because of its stunning location, breath taking scenery around it and the difficult ascent. But that is not all, there is also the ghost who haunts these loops that only a handful know about. . . . . . . #EatTravelLiveRepeat #ladakhWithETLR #ladakh2017 #ladakh #sarchu #landscape #ig_asia #indianshutterbugs #friends #RoadtripToLadakh #roadtrip2017 #MadeforMountains #traveltuesday #kullumanali #himachalpradesh #leh #roadjourneys #instatravel #instapic #instagood #picoftheday #ttot #camp #travel #incredibleindia #mountains #ETLRTravelDiaries2017 #TravelWithETLR

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Driving through a hail storm while heading towards Nubra Valley from Khardung La

 

Pangong Tso

Pangong Lake also known as Pangong Tso is a beautiful endorheic lake situated in the Himalayas and is 134 km long, extending from India to China. It is situated at a height of 4350 m and is one of the biggest tourist attractions of the country. The beauty and allure of this lake has attracted people from all over the country and beyond. The lake is said to be in the process of being identified as a wetland with international significance under the Ramsar Convention and if everything goes as expected then the Pangong Lake will be the first in South Asia to be a trans-boundary wetland and that too under this convention. The different shades of blue in the lake are surely going to make Ladakh your Instagram favorite destination .

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Looks like a painting, doesn’t it ?

Ladakh your Instagram favorite destination

Ladakh your Instagram favorite destination - Pangong Tso
Behold the mighty Pangong Tso
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High Up in the Air

The one factor that makes this Lake so popular is the fact that it keeps changing colors. Situated in the Himalayan range it is approximately 140 km from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. One third area of the lake lies within our country and the other two third portion lies with Tibet and is controlled by China.

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Moore Plains

Moore plains is crossed by the road from Leh to Manali. This stretch of 40 km falls in between Leh and Sarchu on Leh–Manali Highway. This road has an average elevation of 4800 metres and is flanked by mountain ranges on both sides. At some places the road runs along the Sumkhel Lungpa River featuring some stunning sand and rock natural formations .

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First the Guy’s
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And then the Girls !
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And then the Couple

A flatland, surrounded by mountains on either sides, and clear blue skies above, make for the perfect frame and make Ladakh your Instagram favorite destination

The plain area starts after covering around 4 km uphill road from Pang towards Taglang La pass. The road is mostly on the plain for around 30–35 km, before it again starts to rise to Taglang La. Flanked by beautiful mountains on both sides, this area is a major attraction to the Bikers heading towards Leh from Manali. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) of Indian Army is now in the process of converting the road to two lanes – one in either direction.

The area is uninhabitable and has no construction at all, and also no population.

The natural scenery

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The Game of Clouds !

 

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The beauty of Nature

So what are you waiting for?

Time to pack your bags, and take the Roadtrip of a Lifetime and get Leh’d .

If you like our journey, you should definitely check out the 7 day Leh Ladakh Itinerary .

Also don’t forget to click loads of photos, and make your friends jealous when Ladakh is all over your Instagram and Facebook feeds.

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  1. Pingback: All you need to know to take The 7 day Trip to Leh – Ladakh this year

  2. Megan Jerrard

    Wow so many incredible natural attractions in Ladakh – the landscapes would be perfect for my instagram feed! LOVE the photo you took of the 32 m tall Maitreya Buddha statue at Diskit Monastery – there’s so much culture and stunning scenery to Ladakh, I can see why it’s your favorite destination!

  3. Sandy N Vyjay

    Ladakh is no less than a paradise on earth. The scintillating beauty of the landscapes are really breathtaking. The region comes alive in vivid colours in your pictures fueling a desire to get there ASAP.

  4. Ryazan

    Very nice! The landscapes are definitely IG worthy. I totally agree with you! Looks like you had a great fun with your friends on this road trip.

  5. Danijela WorldGlimpses

    Lovely photos! You’re so right – when the place is so beautiful, it’s not that hard to make nice photos. And Leh – Ladakh sure is! 🙂 But still, few good tips are always welcome, so thanks! 😉

  6. Marion Halliday (Red Nomad OZ)

    Haha, loved this post!! The scenery is amazing – and while I’m not a big fan of selfies, these ones fit the awesomeness of the landscape!! Coming from Australia where the highest point is ~2228m above sea level, I can’t believe the heights of those passes – I’m sure I’d have altitude sickness!

    1. theETLRblog

      Well, as long as you keep yourself hydrated and ensure that your body gets properly acclimatized, it’s rare to get affected by Altitude sickness.

  7. Drew

    Wow, what a stunning area. And a mountain pass at over 17,000 ft? Must have been hard to breathe! From the lakes to the mountains, Leh-Ladakh are certainly instagramable!

    1. theETLRblog

      As a matter of fact, All 3 highest motorable passes in the world are located in Ladakh. Due to low oxygen at those heights, it’s recommended to stop for not more that 20 – 30 minutes.

  8. Karla

    I guess a big part of traveling is taking pictures, I mean apart from learning the food and the culture—- this one is an instagrammable destination. I definitely want to go.

  9. Indrani

    I really want to get there NOW!
    Indeed such captivating capture. Matreya Buddha is depicted so calm.

  10. Kavey Favelle

    The Buddha statue is so colourful and that Shanti Stupa very elegant and both very instagrammable but I think it’s the amazing landscapes that I like the best. Really beautiful and so wide and open!

  11. Claire

    You couldn’t be more right! Wow this place is incredible. How have I never heard of it before? Well thank you for alerting me…It’s now on my list!

  12. Efthimis K.

    I really enjoy the fact that this trip combines culture, religion and nature. The landscapes seem gorgeous and the lake that changes colors is beautiful!

  13. Paige W

    I can definitely see myself falling in love with Ladkha! I’m planning on going next year and I definitely see myself instagramming every corner of it!

  14. Tami

    You’re right! This is a stunning destination. The views and landscapes are beautiful and stark at the same time! Great post.

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