clouds moving over the lake on a mountain

Ladakh is a land of diversities. From snowy mountains, harsh terrains and surreal landscapes, Ladakh has it all for every travel admirer. As I explored the remote areas of Ladakh I got to know more about their culture and life on the mountains. Ladakh has a lot to offer beyond the well known tourist sites.

Here are a list of 5 remote village for a unique Ladakh experience:


Situated at a distance of 250 km from Leh, Hanle has the world’s highest observatory with astro-telescope. It is situated at a height of 4500 m above the sea level and half of the earth’s atmosphere is below Hanle. A ride to Hanle via Chushul and Loma along the bank of Indus River is a treat to the eye.Hanle monastery situated on a hill top is a must visit. Enthusiastic people can head on to Umling La- the current world’s highest motorable road (50 km from Hanle).

Link to my blog-

Hanle Observatory Ladakh
Hanle Observatory, Ladakh


Merak is situated around 150 km from Leh on the bank of Pangong lake. It is much underated than is nearby compatriot Spangmik village. The drive from Spangmik along the banks of the Pangong lake is surreal. There are few home stays in the village. The area is peaceful and away from its touristy counterparts.

Pangong lake, Man merak Chushul Road
Riding along the bank of Pangong Lake to Chushul Ladakh

3)TURTUK–                                                                                                                                                                                       The northern most village of India is a must visit if you are in Nubra valley. Turtuk is 90 km from Hunder in the Nubra Valley. Home to the people of Baluch origin, they were ruled by the Chhorbat dynasty whose descendants still live in the village. The king Kacho Mohammed showed us around the museum and explained the history of his kingdom. The journey through the highly protected Siachen area is thrilling.

Turtuk northermost village of India
Local residents at Turtuk, Ladakh
Museum at Turtuk Ladakh
Inside the museum, Turtuk


The village lies in close proximity to the international border with China, 45 km from Spangmik. It is on the straight way from Spangmik to Hanle. The north eastern end of the Pangong lake is in its close proximity (10 km). The locals from the village warned us that if we lose our way while riding, we could end up in Chinese occupied territories. Rezang La war memorial is close by.

Chushul, Ladakh, Jammu Kashmir, Man Merak
Chushul, Changthang, Ladakh


The small village of Sumdo is situated on the way to Korzok (Tso Moriri). Being in close proximity to the Manali-Leh highway it can also be accessed from Debring on the highway via Tso Kar. Here the roads are extremely remote with barren stretches in between. Puga hotsprings are situated on the outskirts of the village. Tso Moriri lake (50 km) and Tso Kyagar lake (30 km) are also in close range.

Korzok Debring Pang Sarchu Manali Leh highway Ladakh India
The trail between Sumdo and Debring

Please note- All the locations require prior Inner line permit (ILP) from DC office in Leh.

 Read the detailed blogs of my Ladakh trip-

Turtuk, the northern most village of India-

Merak and Chushul village ride-

5 Ladakh villages you need to visit on the next Ladakh trip !!!
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5 thoughts on “5 Ladakh villages you need to visit on the next Ladakh trip !!!

  • 22nd March 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Breathtaking view of the Lake. And I love the way you put in all those minute details. Adds a personal touch.

    • 28th April 2018 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks a lot Archita.

  • 22nd March 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Very nice! Knowing local people and their culture is a great job while travelling around…

    • 28th April 2018 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks..Ladakh indeed has a lot of diversity in it.

  • 22nd March 2018 at 5:39 pm

    V nice arka.. Keep posting..


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