/ Leh ladakh
Jammu and Kashmir
Famous As: Leh ladakh India
Leh ladakh Climate: Cold
Leh is the capital of Laddakh district situated in the
state of Jammu and Kashmir, amidst the lofty mountain ranges of the Great
Himalayas. Leh Laddakh is flanked by two of the greatest mountain ranges
on either side, the Himalayas and the Karakoram mountains.
Leh Laddakh is an ethereal desert area caressed by freezing winds and
sharp sun rays. The thin air makes the heat in the summers more sharp
and intense. In fact it is not surprising that if a person would be sitting
out in the summer with his feet in the shade, he could suffer from a sunstroke
and frost bite at the same time.
The mean altitude is three thousand five hundred metres above sea level
and the temperatures range between twenty seven Celsius in summers to
a sharp dip down to twenty below zero Celsius in winter. ‘Laddakh’
is a Persian word that means ` the land of many mountain passes’.
The native population of Laddakh is believed to be of an Indo-Aryan origin
from the Indus Valley, but over the years, a mix of cultures between India
and Tibet have seen the facial features change to rounder faces, shorter
noses and thin slit eyes. The people of Leh Laddakh are very simple and
good at heart.
The main religions dominating this region are Buddhism and Islam. This
used to be a bustling trade route in the past between Punjab and Central
India but since China has closed all borders, tourism has become the core
industry of Leh Laddakh. Owing to its specific ecological balance and
climate, his place has a fascinating mix of wild life. Some species natives
to this area are the Yak or wild ox, Ibex, Tibetan Shapu and the wonderful
There are many beautiful places to be seen here, mainly the Leh Palace
and the Buddhist Monasteries. The Leh Palace has always been a big attraction
for tourists in the city. It exudes a certain sense of mystery and the
landscape around it is extremely beautiful and scenic. Some of the famous
monasteries are Alchi, Gompa, Sankar Gompa, Hemis Gompa and the Likir
The Laddakh festival is attended by many people as it showcases the cultural
richness of the region. It is held during the winters, when the majority
of the population is not busy at work due to the severe climatic conditions.
These festivals are attended for their atmosphere of great festivity and
gaiety. One of the main attractions of tourists visiting Leh Laddakh is
the beautiful winter trek organized by the tourism authorities. The Zansker
winter trek is one such unforgettable experience as it is made over a
strange route when the hikers traverse over the frozen Zansker River.
All these treks pass through breath taking mountain regions and locales.
Adventure sports like parasailing, river rafting and skiing are also very
popular in Leh Laddakh. Many tourists voice the sentiment that was coined
by the Moghul Emperor Jahangir when he said that places in Kashmir like
Pahalgam and Leh are the closest that we can get to heaven on earth.
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