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Brief overview of Ladakh

Posted on September 23, 2017 by | 0 views
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Ladakh (Leh)

State: Jammu & Kashmir
Famous for/as: Hill
Altitude: 2750 m
Pincode: 194101
District: Leh
Language: Urdu
STD code: 01982
Weather: Summer 5 to 40°C, Winter -14 to 24°C

History of Ladakh

Located in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is the highest inhabited region in India. It is referred to by many names such as ‘Little Tibet’, ‘The Land of Numerous Passes’, ‘The Broken Moon’, etc. Ladakh lies at an altitude of 3500 metres above sea level in a cold desert. It is nestled between the greatest mountain ranges of the world- The Great Himalayas and the Karakoram Range.

Ladakh had been ruled by many dynasties, most of which were the descendants of the former kings of old Tibet. Owing to its strategic location, it also served as an eminent trade centre for India. It connected India to Central and West Asia.

Ladakh is known for its mystical landscape which is characterized by snow capped mountains, frozen lakes and scenic beauty which also serve as the major sightseeing in Ladakh (Leh).

People and Culture of Ladakh

The population of Ladakh is a blend of many different ethnic communities among which the Tibetans, Monpas and Dards are predominant. Most of the Ladakhis are either Shia Muslims or Tibetan Buddhists. The population also comprises a small number of Hindus, Sikhs and followers of the Bon religion. Leh is also an eminent Buddhist centre and home to many Tibetan refugees. Tibetan, Urdu, Hindi, Ladakhi, Purig and English are the major languages spoken in the region.

Things to Do in Ladakh

With crystal blue water and a beautiful backdrop, Pangong Lake is one of the most popular places to visit in Ladakh (Leh). It lies at the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control, at an altitude of 4350 metres above sea level. Among the many Ladakh (Leh) attractions, Leh Palace is a must visit. This beautiful palace sits on top of the Namgyal Hill and is known for its aesthetic appeal and historical significance. Your Ladakh (Leh) tour is incomplete without visiting the Magnetic Hill. It is the only magnetic hill in India. It has an anti-gravitational effect due to which a car will start moving upward on its own.

The Shanti Stupa which was established by Japanese Buddhists is also among the popular Ladakh (Leh) places to visit. In 1983, the stupa was opened by Dalai Lama for spreading Buddhist ideologies. Regarded as one of the highest passes in the world, the Khardung La Pass is an eminent Ladakh (Leh) tourist place. It is the gateway to the Nubra Valley which boasts of a lush landscape and is brimming with wild lavenders, roses and Alfalfa. Apart from sightseeing, there are many other things to do in Ladakh (Leh) such as shopping and adventure activities.

Food and Shopping in Ladakh

After a tiring day of Ladakh (Leh) sightseeing, one can savour some mouth watering local food at the numerous restaurants and cafes. The cuisine of Ladakh has been influenced by many foreign cuisines which include Tibetan, Korean and Chinese. Thukpa, Tsampa and Momos are some of the local specialties.

The markets of Ladakh have a lot to offer. From pashmina shawls to woolen garments to turquoise jewelry to handwoven rugs and carpets, there are plenty of things that tourists can shop for in Ladakh. Tibetan Handicrafts such as thangka paintings, Tibetan silver jewelry, delicate embroidery are also few of things sold at the local markets. Bazaar Road is lined with shops that sell these items and is the best place to go for shopping.Head over to Ladakh Art Palace to for Tibetan handicraft items. Shar Market, Tibetan Handicraft Emporium and Tibetan Market are some of the popular places to shop.

Accommodation in Ladakh

Since Ladakh is well connected by road and air, there are many options for tourists who are wondering how to reach Ladakh. There are daily flights to and from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. However, driving is the best way to reach Ladakh since the routes in the region are some of the most beautiful routes in India.

Accommodation options in Ladakh include hotels, guesthouses, lodges and resorts. Tourists can look for hotels in Ladakh that lie in the vicinity of the tourist places to see in Ladakh (Leh).

Ladakh (Leh) is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kargil and Amarnath.
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