The vibrant wonder land that will take you into a world where white snowfall will greet you, whose beauty will leave you spell bound and the influential culture will impress you with its profound history. Known for its pure atmosphere, crystal clear lakes and blue skies, Ladakh is a region of the northernmost state of India, Jammu and Kashmir. It is a mountainous land bounded by Kunlun Mountain Range in the north and the Great Himalayan range in the south. The exquisiteness of this land cannot be described into terms. Here, in Ladakh, one will be amazed to see that how live and colorful a raw, barren and a desolate land can actually be!
The compelling charisma and splendor of this place attracts a lot of tourists round the globe as its barren mountain ranges has been one of the most unreachable and forbidding regions of the world. Many missionaries, traders and explorers who crossed this land imbibed it with a fascinating union of age old religions, a well-off cultural history and varied ethnic influences. Its soaring mountains, age old monasteries (gompas), spectacular landscapes, snow peaked radiant glaciers, sparkling rivers are the reason for its mystical beauty. This beautiful state has an equally beautiful capital, Leh which is situated in the Indus river valley.
Ladakh History Info
In many parts of Ladakh, rock carvings have been found which shows that it has been colonized from Neolithic times and its first inhabitants included mixed Indo-Aryan population. With a number of dynasties ruling this region, modern day Ladakh has a rich historical background.
About Ladakh Geography
Being the highest plateau (with most of it being over 3000m) of Indian state Kashmir, Ladakh is bounded by the great Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges along with the Indus River Valley.
The mountain ranges were created over a time phase of 45 million years by the folding of the Indian plates into more stationery Eurasian plates with the drift still taking place. With the region surrounded by a number of valleys and glaciers, Ladakh can be defined as a kaleidoscope of beautiful sceneries.
Indus River can be defined as the backbone of Ladakh as most of the major historical and modern towns are located close to it. In Hindu religion and culture, the part of the river flowing through Ladakh region is highly venerated.
Heavy snowfall is experienced by the regions in the north line of Himalayas namely- Dras, Zangskar and the Suru Valley. Because of this reason they remain virtually cut off from the rest of the country for several months. The summers are short and offer a pleasant and dry weather with the temperature ranging from -3 to 30 degrees in summer and from -20 to 15 degrees in winters.
The best time to visit Ladakh is during summers that are from June to September as the region becomes warm with bright days and pleasant nights.
Culture of this lovely place has all that to charm you, to make you fall in love with it. Though it draws similarity from the Tibetan culture, be it the food of Ladakh, its architecture or music, everywhere a touch of Tibetan culture is prevalent still one can feel the freshness of Ladakhi culture. The monastic architecture is a reflection of Buddhist approach.
The enchanting of religious tones will help you to unravel your soul and will take you on a spiritual spree. One can feel the rhythmic chants in the ancient monasteries, an example of living Buddhism in Ladakh. Religious mask dances are an integral part of the Ladakh’s Cultural verve. Every year Ladakh festival is held from 1 to 15 September.
Popular Places in Ladakh-Quick Guide
Besides being a land of rich natural beauty, Ladakh is also a home to the age old monasteries dotted all over the arid land you will hardly find anywhere else in this world. The perfect blend of religion with the geography represents the importance of religion in the lives of Ladakhi people.
Some must see sites in Ladakh info:
♦ Moon-land-view, on the Leh-Kargil highway, is the area near Lamayuru.
♦ Leh-Khardung La-Nubra Valley, Valley of Flowers
♦ Leh-Karu-Chang La-Tangtse-Pangong Tso
♦ Leh-Upshi-Tso Kar-Tso Moriri, trip which covers two smaller lakes Tso Kar and Tso Moriri
♦ Lamayuru, Hemis monastery, Spituk Monastery, Shey Monastery, Shanti Stupa are few of the popular ancient monasteries in Ladakh.
Ladakh is a great spot for the travelers who love adventure and expect exciting activities to be a part of their journey. It is an ideal place for such passionate travelers as it offers many such activities to the tourists.
♦ Mountain Climbing
♦ Yak Safaris
♦ River Rafting
This region in India is an ideal tourist spot where nature is at its best and excitement, adventure and entertainment comes hand in hand with the affection of Ladakhi people. Witness striking beauty during your Ladakh tour and go back imbibed with memories that you will cherish whole of your life.