A great momentum in tourist traffic has been witnessed to the cold desert land of Ladakh, cocooned amidst the remote outreaches of the Karakoram Mountains and the great Himalaya in eastern Jammu and Kashmir. Time was when the idea of taking a holiday here was as remote as its location for most holidaymakers. Closed to outsiders for about 25 years after independence for strategic reasons, it was only in 1947 that it was party opened up.Ladakh then attracted mostly footloose intrepid western tourists, drawn to the allure of its challenging trekking trails and cultural exotica. Buddhist scholars came for its heritage of Tibetan Buddhism and practised, almost, unhindered in its centuries-old monasteries. Indian vacationers to the region may have been slow in discovering its charms but having tasted its delights are willing to venture beyond Ladakh's capital town-Leh, the gateway town set strategically on the ancient caravan route from Punjab and Kasmir and the great silk route to central Asia. Ladakh very remoteness and surreal vistas, combined with a dazzling range of adventure and cultural pickings have become its greatest USP, in turn, this has also become an important contribution to its economy by attracting tourists from home and abroad. It would bode well for its future as a holiday destination to initiate stringent steps by all concerned to preserve the intrinsic strengths of its rich heritage.
A land of freezing winds and burning hot sunlight, Ladakh is a cold desert lying in the rain shadow of the Great Himalayas and other smaller ranges.Little rain and snow reaches this dry area, where natural forces have created a fantastic landscape…..View More.
The region of Ladakh once formed part of the erstwhile Kingdom of Ladakh and for nearly 900 years from the middle of the 10 th century existed as an independent kingdom. After 1531, it was periodically attacked by the Muslims from Kashmir,…View More.
The people of Ladakh are hardy and tough akin to the rugged mountains which surround their dwellings yet very soft and plane at heart .With round faces, short noses, and chinki eyes they resemble more to the people of Tibet and central Asia than of India.The original population is believed to have been that of Dards, an Indo-Aryan race from down the Indus. But over years, a huge influx from Tibet overwhelmed the culture of the “Dards” and obliterated their racial characteristics. In eastern and central Ladakh, today’s population seems to be mostly of Tibetan origin. Further west, in and around Kargil , there is much in the people’s appearance that suggests a mixed origin……View More.
The traveller from India will look in vain for similarities between the land and people he has left and those he encounters in Ladakh. The faces and physique of the Ladakhis, and the clothes they wear , are more akin to those of Tibet and Central Asia than of India. The original population may have been dards, an Indo -Aryan race from down the Indus.…..View More.
Ladakh-Described as “The land where snow never melts and only corn ripens” by its discoverer, Fa-hian, a chinese traveler, who traveled across its inhospitable terrain in 399 A.D. Known for centuries as the ‘land of passes’ (La-pass; Dacha-land), Ladakh is a mysterious land shrouded in myth and legend and much of its ancient history is known only through the mythology of its people. ……View More.
The population of Ladakh is predominantly Buddhist and Ladakh has been deeply influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, which follows the Mahayana and Vajrayana schools. In these forms of Buddhism, Buddha is worshipped a deity who has attained Nirvana (freedom from the cycle of birth and death). Various incarnations of Buddha, known as Bodhisattvas, are also worshipped in Gompas in Ladakh.The mythology of Tibetan Buddhism has many tales of various spirits and demons. These representations of both good and evil qualities are depicted in the form of masks and their stories are enacted as masked dances during the annual festivals of various Gompas in Ladakh……View More.
Overland Approach – The overland approach to Ladakh from Kashmir Valley via Kargil is approx. 434 Km, which remains open for traffic from early June to November. The most dramatic part of this road journey is the ascent up the 11,500 feet / 3,505 m high Zoji-La, the pass in the Great Himalayan Wall that serves as the gateway to Ladakh. The J & K State Road Transport Corporation…….View More.
The 472 km overland journey is open for just three months in a year i.e. from June to end of September. The jeep safaru trip from Manali to Leh can be extended to Nubra valley across Khardongla pass, the highest motorable road in the world or to Srinagar after crossing Zojila Pass. The Manali to Leh drive can be completed in two days with an overnight stay at Serchu or Darcha……..View More.