The hill resort of Ladakh is surrounded by the Karakoram Range
in the north. The Himalayas border Ladakh in the south. The
Indus River flows through Ladakh and divides it into Leh,
Nubra, Zanskar, lower Ladakh and Rupshu. Geographically speaking
the landscape of Ladakh comprises of uplands,craggy,barren
cliffs and plateaus. Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded
by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great
Himalayas and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the
Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. Popuraly known as 'Hermit
Kingdom',Ladakh is a land of snow carved peaks,translucent
Lakes,barren terrain and mystic culture. It is also known
as little Tibet and has a great Buddhist tradition. Visit
the various mosteries out of which Shey,Thikse,Hemise,Lamayuri,and
Likir are the most important ones. Every year in the month
of June Hemis Festival is held which is a unique experience.This
is the highest inhabited region in India and the River Indus
with its tributaries,slice their way through the ranges. The
rich cultural past of Ladakh is revealed in the Buddhist simplicity.
The Tibetan culture and the Buddhist monasteries not only
offer the gorgeous gompas to the tourists but also have a
vital part to play in the social lives of the people.
The Ladakh Festival is a regular tourist event at Ladakh.
The adventure tourism is also a well-developed activity in
Ladakh. A white water river rafting expedition along the 26-km
stretch from Phey to Nimo along the mighty Indus River is
a thrilling experience for the tourists coming to Ladakh.
The climbing season extends from mid - May to mid -October,
the ideal period being from June to September because during
this time only Ladakh remains unaffected by the monsoon, which
holds sway over most of the Himalayas. Foreign climbing expeditions
are required to obtain permission from the Indian Mountaineering
Foundation for climbing all listed peaks. A booking fee, based
on the height and popularity of the allotted peak, is charged
and a Liasion Officer is assigned to every climbing team.
The minimum period required for processing applications is
six months. Every authorized expedition is provided with adequate
rescue coverage in the events of accidents and illness.
Ladakh is a popular hill station among tourists mainly
from the plains of northern India. The hill station has pristine
beauty, peace and pleasant weather, which attract the tourists.
Buddhism in Ladakh - A religion that has
bestowed mankind with the spirit of humanity is Buddhism.
This revered compassion of mankind indeed is one of the greatest
discoveries in the world of spirituality. Purity echoes the
mantra of peace and ardent adoration for mankind and a deep
anchored desire to serve human race.
Kargil - The second town of Ladakh, is situated
on the Suru River just short of its confluence with the Dras-shingo.
Almost equidistant, at a little over 200-km from Leh, Srinagar,
Padum in Zanskar and Skardu, the capital of Baltistan, it
was in the old days the centre of a network of routes joining
these places. Since Partition, Skardu has been lost to Ladakh,
but Kargil remains the main staging-point between Srinagar
and Leh, and the Gateway to the Suru valley and Zanskar.
Sindhu Darshan Festival -The Sindhu Darshan or Sindhu
Festival aims at projecting the Indus as a symbol of India's
unity and communal harmony. Whilst promoting tourism to this
area, this festival is also a symbolic salute to the brave
soldier of India.
Lakes in Ladakh -The Tso Morari Lake is one
of the largest lakes in Ladakh region and is almost like an
inland sea. At an altitude of almost 4,500 meters, the Pangong
Tso is only 8-km wide at its broadest but is an amazing 134-km
long. Kyaghr lake is the halting place for trekkers moving
from the Kiangdum camping ground to the Tsomorari Lake.
Best Time to Visit : June to September
How to reach
Ladakh can be easily accessed through air or road.
By Air : The airport at Leh is the nearest
to Ladakh. Regular flights to the Leh airport connect Leh
and in turn Ladakh with Delhi, Chandigarh and Srinagar.
By Road : Ladakh is connected to other places
through a road network too. The various routes link Ladakh
with Srinagar, Leh, Kargil, Manali and Keylong. Local transportation
in places in and around Ladakh is not a problem. You may go
in for buses for hire jeeps for commuting and sightseeing.
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