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Leh Ladakh India

Snow covered boulevards, massive mountains, rushing rivers and verdant valleys together craft a landscape in northernmost region of India known to world as Ladakh. Remoteness of this valley from rest of the country has kept it away from urban culture and that differentiates it from usual Indian states. Karkoram and great Himalayan range are crowns of glory complimenting the raw beauty of the state. Existing amid all these natural creations are warm Ladakhi people with great cultural and traditional beliefs.

Distinguished geographical features act as magnet for ardent travelers who have that zeal to explore the unusual. Its barren mountain ranges have listed it as one of the most forbidding regions of world. This land is manifested with a fascinating unification of venerable religions, affluent cultural history and varied ethnic influences. Credit for cultural diversity goes to many missionaries, traders and explorers who crossed this valley in past. Leh being the capital city attracts a lot of tourism towards itself. This post shares information about Leh Ladakh that will help them to know all regarding Leh Ladakh.

History of Leh Ladakh, India
History reveals a lot about evolution of a place over a period of time. Travelers show special interest in history of the region they are planning to visit. In its many parts, rock carvings have been found which shows that it has been colonized from Neolithic times and its first inhabitants included mixed Indo-Aryan population. It was ruled by a number of powerful dynasties. In 1846, under Dogra rule, valley was included in north Indian state Jammu and Kashmir. Still, considerable relations with Tibet were maintained by the state. In year 1993, Ladakh was granted the status of Autonomous Hill Council by agreement of Indian government and State government. At present, it is controlled by Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council.

Info on Ladakh Geography
Best virtue possessed by a state is its geographical distinctiveness. It owes a huge credit to its natural milieu that attracts people from all over. Being highest plateau (with most of it being over 3000m) of Indian state Kashmir, valley is bounded by great Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges along with Indus River Valley. But as they say good things take time, it took more than 45 million years for the creation of these mountain ranges by folding of the Indian plates into more stationery Eurasian plates with drift still taking place. Indus River that nurtures the whole land can be regarded as ‘Backbone of Ladakh’. Besides, river is held in high regards under Hindu religion and culture.

Climate is the most practical aspect that should always be considered before planning trip to places like Leh and Ladakh. It not only allows you to plan your trip accordingly but makes you aware of uncertainties that might take place during your stay. Due to high altitude location, whole valley faces extreme variations in weather conditions. Heavy snowfall is experienced by the regions in the north line of Himalayas namely- Dras, Zangskar and the Suru Valley. Because of this reason they remain virtually cut off from rest of the country for several months. Summer are short that offer a pleasant and dry weather with temperature ranging from -3 to 30 degrees in summer and from -20 to 15 degrees in winters.

Best season to visit Leh Ladakh
Time period from June to September is regarded as ideal time simply because of warm bright days and pleasant nights. Although summer is the best season to visit Leh and Ladakh, it still gets a bit chilly.

Visitors can access this place by plane and by road. However, the roads here are only open for a few months in the year due to heavy snowfall. So best time to visit Ladakh is during summer.

Travelers keep hopping from one place to another to discover the real essence of life – cultural heritage. Beside its age old civilization, credit for cultural and traditional beliefs of this place goes to several traders, monks and rulers who on various times visited this land. With an inevitable charm, culture of Ladakh draws similarity from Tibetan culture. Ladakhi food, architecture, music – anything to everything has a Tibetan influence. It is regarded as ‘Mini Tibet’ for same reason. Buddhist approach is clearly reflected through the monastic architecture.

Breezing air waves that carry along with them enchanting Buddhist hymns make whole region a pious entity. Most of the Ladakhi population follows Buddhism while minority of them represents Sunni and Shea Muslims. It is a host for varied cultural activities and festivities. Every year several festivals take place in the courtyards of various monasteries. Whole valley dances to the tunes of these colorful festivities which are marked by dance and music performances. Religious mask dances are an integral part of its Cultural verve. Every year Ladakh festival is held from 1 to 15 September.

Adrenaline junkies consider Leh-Ladakh India as a hard core fun destination. Geographical features of the region throws several challenges in front of backpackers which allow them to explore their daring side. Try mountaineering at world’s greatest mountain ranges. If you still crave for more, trek one of the world’s highest navigable passes Khardung la located at an altitude of 18,380 ft. Valley offers extraordinary experience of trekking on white Chadar (frozen river). Ladakh trekking is a paradise for trekkers with ample of scopes to perform all kinds of extreme adventures.

Professional bikers take on adventurous bike rides over zigzag yet well maintained roads not once but several times. They come here repetitively to achieve next level of adventure. Yak safaris, jeep safaris, cycling, and paragliding are other adventurous activities one can indulge into.

When it comes to culinary delights, Ladakh does not follow usual traditions. 60 dishes prepared by locals represent the distinctive topography of region from rest of the subcontinent. Cooked in a simple manner with tasteful ingredients, Ladakhi cuisines have a mild taste. Beans, beetroots, potatoes and pumpkins are often assorted with milk and butter to result into a healthier food. Various kinds of sauces and spices are used to prepare Ladakhi food. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian foods are available. Most famous dishes are Momos, Tsampa, Butter tea, Cholak, Pava, Mok-Mok, Khambir, Thukpa, and Skyu.
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