Top 20 Things to Do in Ladakh
The remote, high-altitude Union Territory of Ladakh opened to visitors in 1974 after decades of conflict, and has since developed into a prominent tourist destination. Once part of the Tibetan Empire, Ladakh became an independent kingdom in the 9th century, eventually expanding into what is now Western Tibet.
The kingdom prospered as a nexus for the trade of Pashmina wool between Tibet and Kashmir. However, invasion from the Dogra region of neighboring Jammu ended the kingdom in 1834; later, Ladakh was incorporated into the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It became a separate union territory in October 2019.
These days, Ladakh lures tourists with a mix of Tibetan Buddhist culture, dramatic scenery, and outdoor adventure activities. The fact that the region remains cut off by road for most of the year has helped it retain its distinctive customs and lifestyle.
Read on to find out the top things to do in Ladakh and when is the best time to visit Ladakh.