About Ladakh

Ladakh, in tibetan, means "country of high passes". Also know as little tibet or little Shangri-La, Ladakh is one of the Himalayan regions opened later to the tourists.

Ladakh is located in the far North of India, in the eastern side of the Jammu & Kashmir state. The cultural and ethinc roots of Ladakh are very different from kashmiri world; Ladakh is historically tied to Tibet by the himalayan buddhism (Vajarayana Buddhism), by the ladakhi language, very close to tibetan, by the mongolian race of people. The history of Ladakh is often part of the history of Tibet, and the frequent travels of Dalai Lama in Ladakh evidence it.

Ladakh is an high plateau between the Himalayan Range, southward, and the Karakoram Range, northward; the Indus valley, sometimes closed in a canyon, some other wide and sunny, meanders among lost lateral valleys, gompas (buddhist temples), villages and people welcoming you with a bit of curiosity.

The best season to visit Ladakh is summer, from early June to late September, because the temperature is warm and the monsoons, lied on the northern India in this period, are stopped by the Himalaya Range.

Leh is the most important city of Ladakh, crossroad of different people coming from the four corners of the region; in Leh you can find tibetan and ladaki restaurant, typical guest houses, handicraft shops and many places where to have information and buy things.

The biggest affluent of Indus is the Zanskar river; its valley is the most wild and hard to travel of whole Ladakh. Padum, the biggest city of Ladakh, is reachable only by jeep on a not aspahlted route for more than 200 km. Trekking in and from Zanskar is always a travel for experts.

Northward, the highest motorable route of the World leads to the Kardhung-La, the pass at 5609 meters, and to the next Nubra valley, the "valley of flowers", so called because it's the greenest valley of the region, a land of sandy dunes and green oasis crowned by mountains.

Finally, the region of great lakes, Rupshu; a desert land of high mountains (the valley is 4000 meters high and over) and deep blue lakes, where the only inhabitants are from an ancient nomad people.

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