Ladakh, open to tourism only since 1974, is a land of high passes, bounded by the Karakoram and the mighty Himalayas. The Indus with its tributaries acts is the lifeline for Ladakh’s scanty public. Ladakh covers an area of 97,000 sqkms, and has an average level of 3,500 m.
The rocky, arid Ladakh mountain scape continues to be the topic of many a photographer and destination of top notch mountaineers. Its brackish lakes at high elevations, scenic summits, enchanting mountain hamlets, grand meadows, wildlife, monasteries, wealthy tradition, magnificent physical characteristics, and remoteness sets it apart from other favourite vacation hot spot. Ladakh provides excellent chances for adventure sports like river rafting, trekking, mountaineering and mountain biking. Adventure tourism has contributed in a big way to Ladakh’s market. Ladakhis are sweet natured, hard working and fun loving individuals marking every event with festivities. There are various Monastic festivals held throughout the year, whose dates are decided in compliance with the Tibetan calendar.
In summer, most hamlets hold colourful archery festivals and competitions, while majority of the religious and scio cultural events are held throughout the winter. They constitute a mainly Buddhism people with the only exclusions of Kargil and the Suru Valley that’s inhabited by Shia , The main languages spoken are Ladakhi, Purik, Tibetan and English. Being while it is raining darkness of the Himalayas, it’s generally dry, with hot and dry temperatures during summers, and cold and dry during winters. Its winter season is long with temperatures dropping to minus zero, and summer, warm with cool night time.
The optimum time to visit Ladakh is between May and October. There is an airport at Leh, which is well linked to Delhi, Chandigarh and Srinagar. The Ladakhi population is mainly Buddhism, comparable to the faith and culture, of Tibet and Central Asia. Buddhism was propagated to Tibet from India through Ladakh. The first history of Ladakh is not clear, and documentation done pertained mainly to the religious. It’s thought that the Khampa nomads of Tibetan source had been the first inhabitants of Ladakh. There’s a broad array of handicrafts accessible Ladakh, which vary from pashmina shawls to Tibetan styled rugs and silver jewellery, to tangkhas, stressing the need for Ladakh.
How to reach Leh Ladakh
If you are driving your car or riding your motor cycle to Leh Ladakh from Srinagar or Manali then you are in for an experiance of a lifetime. The route especially the Manali-Leh highway is prone to landslides so be careful. Its better to start your trip from Srinagar and exit from Manali. By doing so you give your body a better chance to acclimatize to high altitudes and the chances of AMS will be minimized. If you have to start your trip from Manali then do make sure to stop at Keylong for the first night rather than Jispa or Sarchu.