Ladakh

A distinctive region in the Jammu & Kashmir state, Ladakh is a vast highland desert lying between the Karakoram and the Himalayan ranges. The region is now organized into two districts: Leh and Kargil. Situated at the apex of a triangular plateau formed by the Indus, at an altitude of 3500meters above sea level is Leh .

 

Part of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is the third division. Each of the divisions, Jammu , Kashmir and Ladakh, has distinct cultures geographical terrain, religion and life style. It is often called "Little Tibet". Ladakh derives its name from Tibetan "La Tags" the land of high pass. Ladakh in the western Himalayas form the vast Tibetan plateau, a high altitude desert, Karakoram Ladakh and Zanaskar range. Ladakh is divided administratively into 2 districts Kargil and Leh.

The Landscape of Ladakh is adventurous, barren mountain. The altitude ranges from 9000ft to 24,000ft from Sea level. Atmosphere is generally dry.

Great Himalaya Range. Including the impressive Snowcapped peaks, NUN and KUN 7135 and 7087mtrs the highest peaks in the Kashmir Himalaya., the Zanaskar range to the south and the Indus Valley to the North. North Ladakh range, the Nubra and Shyok rivers drain the huge peaks of the eastern Karakoram, Rimo 7385mtrs, Teran Kangri 7464 mtrs. In the south east of Ladakh there are several Lakes Pangong Tso, which forms the border with Tibet and Tsomoriri Tsokar. The highest peaks around Tsomoriri is Lungser Kangri 6655 m, Chhasser Kangri 6622 m and Lapgo 6405 m.

Ladakh is one of the most exotic destinations; Buddhism in central Ladakh has shaped the whole culture. Every few villages have their own monasteries with prayer flags .


Places Of Interest:
At Leh: Leh Khar Palace, Leh Monastery, Leh Mosque, Tsamo Gompa.
At Kargil: Kargil has beautiful Imambaras at Trespone and Sankho representing Turkish architecture. Attached to these Imambaras there are famous Arabic and Persian speaking Muslim divines known as ghas.

Excursions:
Mulbak Monastary- 190 km, Lamayura- 125 km, Alehi Gompa- 135 km, Likir Gompa- 140 km, Phiyang Gompa- 20 km, Spitak Monastary- 8 km, Snaker Gompa- 3 km, Shey Palace Monastary- 15 km, Thiksey Monastary-19 km, Hemis- 49 km.


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