LADAKH -Land of High Mountain Passes
What comes to mind when you think about Ladakh? Majestic mountains, frigid deserts, snow-covered highways, stunning turquoise lakes, and kind residents who warmly welcome you into their homes and hotels.
Ladakh is a hilly area in North India, which means “land of high mountain passes.” Leh, the capital, is tucked among the huge Himalayan, Karakoram, Zanskar, and Ladakh ranges at 3500 metres above sea level. Ladakh is famed for its isolated alpine scenery and monasteries and stupas. Because of its proximity to Tibet and strong ties to Tibetan culture, Ladakh is frequently referred to as “Little Tibet.”
Ladakh’s monarchs built an empire that stretched from Kashmir to Tibet, surrounded by forts and massive monasteries.
Ladakh was repeatedly assaulted by Muslim forces from the west (16th century) and Tibetan armies from the east (17th century). The Namgyal dynasty reigned over the country, expanding it as far as Nepal and establishing a new capital in Leh. Ladakh was attacked by the Dogra army from Jammu in the 19th century and became part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ladakh was split from the rest of Jammu & Kashmir on October 31, 2019, and became an autonomous state (Union Territory). The state of Ladakh is split into two districts: Leh and Kargil (which includes Zanskar).
Since the 1970s, when Ladakh first opened its doors to tourists, its snowcapped peaks, brilliant blue sky, and bleak alpine panoramas broken only by blue flowing rivers have enticed many an adventurous traveller. The major source of income for Ladakhis is tourism. Because of its strategic position, the Indian Army maintains a substantial presence in Ladakh.
Ladakh is a favourite among mountaineering enthusiasts because to its scenic splendour, difficult terrain, beautiful mountains, and the challenge of roughing it. Ladakh is inappropriate for anyone searching for a fast vacation because to its isolated location and high altitude. You’ll need some time to acclimate to the weather in Ladakh. Due to the absence of modernization, however, its natural and rustic grandeur has been retained.
Leh is at 3500 metres above sea level, acclimatisation might be difficult. It is recommended that you acclimate for at least two days before embarking on your excursion. Drink lots of water, as well as soup, tea, and juice.