Driving through the snow-clad mountains and watching the sunrise from a lake, are some things that are written in bold on every traveler’s checklist. To fulfill that, all you need to take is a road trip to the beautiful district of Ladakh. And, if you don’t know where to go and what to see? Then no worries, we have the ultimate list for you already. Here are 5 places you “must” visit during a Ladakh road trip.

Pangong Tso lake – The iconic lake from the movie 3 idiots.

Remember the lake where Piya and Rancho united, again? It’s Pangong Tso lake. Besides being a star in a movie, Pangong Tso has a bunch of other things that make it so popular. The lake looks like to have an azure colour with a beautiful shore of white sand, and a breathtaking mountain panorama. Plus, the site gives a terrific view of the sun rising from the surface of the lake. If you’re planning to camp? It’s your best match, undoubtedly.

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Nubra valley – where the fire and ice meet.

Sand dunes amongst the snow-covered hills, sounds unbelievable right? Well, Nubra Valley is the place which makes it credible. The valley has the Khardung La pass as its gateway, the highest motorable road in the world at an altitude of 18,380 feet. It’s a tri-armed valley with the historic Indus valley in the south, along with the mountain ridges of Zanskar; the historically prominent Siachen glacier in the northward and the Sasser pass in the northwest. You may also come across local tribes and some rare plantations. One valley and so many things to see? Sounds fair enough.

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Magnetic hills – the place that doesn’t obey the law of gravitation.

Awaiting for some mystery on the go? Then you must visit these hills. It is alleged that if you leave your vehicle with unlocked brakes at the base of the hill, your vehicle would slowly start moving upward. Sounds spooky, no? The reason behind this phenomenon is unknown. Largely, people visit this site just to see their vehicle moving uphill on its own.

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Hemis national park – for the love of nature.

If you are done with landscapes and want to spend some time with nature in the wild? This place is your ultimate stoppage. Being the largest national park in the South Asian region, the Hemis national park is a home to a great number of endangered mammals, including leopards, Asiatic ibex, Tibetan wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and the red fox. The park has a pollution and noise free environment, which makes it a peaceful site for bird watching.

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Shanti Stupa – invoke your inner thoughts.

Located on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh, the site is one of the most splendid and peaceful Buddhist monuments one could possibly find in the extreme north part of the country. Plus, the site offers beautiful scenes of sunrise and sunset. As well, the panoramic view of the Shanti Stupa makes it one of the best tourist attractions. So, if you need a time out from all that traveling and wish to connect with your inner self? This spot should be highlighted on your list.

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