Time taken in hours
Height above sea level
From Srinagar- 387 kilometers
Between 12000 ft.-18,000ft.
Max. - 20.0(summers)
Light woolens in summers
Heavy woolens in winters
Ladakh has four main ranges, the great
Himalayan, Zanskar, Ladakh and the Karakoram.
This is the highest inhabited region in
India and the River Indus with its tributaries,
slice their way through the ranges. The
route to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, crosses
the dramatic expanse of the Himalayas.
Remote though it is, Ladakh has never been
totally isolated. Over the centuries the
trade route from India to central Asia passed
through this area undeterred by its high
passes and desert landscapes. Caravans carrying
spices, brocades, pearls, carpets and more
mundane merchandise like salt and tea took
just two months to cover the distance from
Amritsar in the Punjab to the central Asian
towns of Varkand and Khotan. Leh and Kargil
on this ancient route developed then into
centers of trade.
Traveling into Ladakh by road is exciting.
It takes two days from Srinagar to Leh with
a mid way halt at Kargil, which gives the
visitor a marvelous introduction to this
spectacular destination, while easing the
acclimatization process to the high altitude
and low oxygen atmosphere of Ladakh. Zoji-la,
the pass in the Great Himalayan wall, is
the gateway into Ladakh.
Various places of interest in Ladakh include,
The Palace Museum of Shey, the oldest capital
of Ladakh, which has a collection of beautiful
royal costumes and jewellary, exquisite
Thangkas, porcelain, jade, weapons and armour.
Within easy reach of Leh is the Spituk
Monastery with its commanding view of the
Indus. It has fine Thangkas and a collection
of ancient masks. Hemis is the biggest gompa
in Ladakh and the best known for its magnificent
summer festival that celebrates the birth
anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava.
Other magnificent gompas located in the
vicinity include the splendid Lamayuru,
Likir, Phyang, Rizdong, Stakna, Matho and
Chemrey Gompas, all easily accessible from
Leh. Alchi is among Ladakh's most beautiful
monasteries. Over a thousand years old,
its wall paintings like those of Tabo in
Spiti are reminiscent of the Ajanta style
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