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Leh Ladakh Tourism

Land of the Pure Ladakh, a land which can be described only in speculative expanse. Geographical, historical and human factors have endowded this region, known earlier as Manyul - the land of men - with its unique character and place in the World.

Ladakh has often changed names, all of which give a good description of the conditions prevailing in the region: Ladwags-land below the mountain passes; Bladwags: land of the lama; Maryul: the red country; Muah Ris bSsor Gsum: land to the west of Tibet. In the West it is sometimes referred to as Moon country and Little Tibet. Rather a long list of names for an area of 59,000 square kilometres having one of the lowest population densities in the world: 2 inhabitants per kilometre, 59,000 square kilometres of rocky desert, apparently inhospitable mountains, a world of bewitching silence, framed in a parallel fashion by two of the most imposing mountain ran ges, the Karakorams to the North, the Himalayas to the South.


Land of the Pure Ladakh, a land which can be described only in speculative expanse. Geographical, historical and human factors have endowded this region, known earlier as Manyul - the land of men - with its unique character and place in the World.

Ladakh has often changed names, all of which give a good description of the conditions prevailing in the region: Ladwags-land below the mountain passes; Bladwags: land of the lama; Maryul: the red country; Muah Ris bSsor Gsum: land to the west of Tibet. In the West it is sometimes referred to as Moon country and Little Tibet. Rather a long list of names for an area of 59,000 square kilometres having one of the lowest population densities in the world: 2 inhabitants per kilometre, 59,000 square kilometres of rocky desert, apparently inhospitable mountains, a world of bewitching silence, framed in a parallel fashion by two of the most imposing mountain ran ges, the Karakorams to the North, the Himalayas to the South.
















The land and people he has left and those he encounters in Ladakh. The faces and physique of the Ladakhis, and Religion & Culture - Ladakhthe clothes they wear, are more akin to those of Tibet and Central Asia than of India. The original population may have been Dards, an Indo-Aryan race from down the Indus. But immigration from Tibet, perhaps a millennium or so ago, largely overwhelmed the culture of the Dards and obliterated their racial characteristics. In eastern and central Ladakh, today's population seems to be mostly of Tibetan origin. Further west, in and around Kargil, there is much in the people's appearance that suggests a mixed origin. The exception to this generalizations the Arghons, a community of Muslims in Leh, the descendants of marriages between local women and Kashmiri or Central Asian merchants.

Buddhism reached Tibet from India via Ladakh, and there are ancient Buddhist rock engravings all over the region, even in areas like Drass and the lower Suru Valley which today are inhabited by an exclusively Muslim population. The divide between Muslim, and Buddhist Ladakh passes through Mulbekh (on the Kargil-Leh road) and between the villages of Parkachick and Rangdum in the Suru Valley, though there are pockets of Muslim population further east, in Padum (Zanskar), in Nubra Valley and in and around Leh. The approach to Buddhist village is invariable marked by mani walls which are long chest-high structures faced with engraved stones bearing the mantrra in mane padme hum and by chorten, commemorative cairns, like stone pepper-pots. Many villagers are crowned with a gompa or monastery which may be anything from an imposing complex of temples, prayer halls and monks dwellings, to a tiny hermitage housing a single image and home to solitary lama.


Ancient Monasteries

14 Days / 13 Nights

Srinagar - Kargil - Rangdom - Padam - Bardan Gompa - Kargil - Uletokpo - Leh (Ladakh)

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

09 Days / 08 Nights

Delhi - Lucknow - Balrampur - Lumbini - Gorakhpur - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Nalanda - Rajgir - Patna - Calcutta

Ladakh Himachal Tour

11 Days / 10 Nights

Leh - Alchi - Sarchu - Jispa - Manali - Dharamshala - Amritsar - Delhi

Ladakh Tour

06 Days / 05 Nights

Delhi - Leh - Delhi

Kashmir Paradise

07 Days / 06 Nights

Delhi - Srinagar - Delhi

Ladakh Monasteries Tour

08 Days / 07 Nights

Leh - Khardongla Pass - Alchi - Lamayuru - Stok Palace - Delhi