in a remote corner of Jammu and Kashmir lies the Land of Passes- Ladakh.
Ladakh has been known by many name as, Maryul, Moon land, Broken Moon and
Last-Shangri-la. As the name suggest it was inaccessible, isolated land
tucked amid high mountains.
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 landscape. 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!
Buddhism & Monasteries In Ladakh
According to the popular belief Ashoka's, missionaries came to Ladakh and
propagated Buddhism in about 3rd century B.C and by the first century A.D.
Buddhism took firm roots in Ladakh with Kanishka sending five hundred
Buddhist missionaries for propagation of the faith in Tibet and Ladakh1.
Fa-hien, the Chinese pilgrim mentioned the flourishing condition of Buddhism
prevailed in Ladakh.
However, Mahayana was also introduced later on. Ladakh has gathered within
its small highly cultured area a remarkable collection of different art
styles. Wide spread traces of cultural impacts of Tibetan Buddhism and art
forms of tenth and eleventh centuries A.D have been found throughout Ladakh
as it is deeply penetrated into the socio-religious fiber and life style of
Wildlife of Ladakh
The high mountain valleys, extending up to the snow line are the habitat of
Ladakh's unique wildlife. The better known animals are the Kyang - wild
Horse, the great Sheep , the Ibex and the Markhor Goats. And of course the
prized Tibetan Antelope, which is hunted for its superfine Shahtoosh Wool.
These animals are rare and facing extinction at the hands of poachers and
hunters. Urgent steps are required for their protection.
Adventure Activities in Ladakh
When Ladakh was first thrown open to tourism an average itinerary
encompassed visits to Leh and its environs with some treks into nearb
valleys. The most popular of these were the 8-day Markha valley trek, the
11-day Lamayuru-Padum route and the Stok Khangri round trek. Now with
growing interest in adventure tourism the focus has shifted to the
mysterious valleys of Suru and Zanskar with their spectacular scenery.
Motorbike Safari In Ladakh
Motor bike safari is the best option for you, just like jeep safari to
explore the Himalayan regions of India. You can even take your bike to those
areas, where even a jeep cannot reach. Because bikes are light in weight and
quite flexible as far as altitude is concerned, you won't find any problem
in driving through the cold desert region of Ladakh, Lahaul-Spiti and
Kinnaur. They also make up a good option for sightseeing too, when you are
passing by a toen or a small village
Jeep Safari in Ladakh
Jeep safari at the high altitude lake of India is another new attraction
that has recently come up in this adventure activity. The drive takes round
about four hours to Changla Pass. At the first sight of the lake through the
'V' of the ridges of the valley all cameras, digital videos etc. came
tumbling out. The azure lake beautifully set off the golden yellow of the
mountainside, painted thus by the mellow rays of the evening sun, on a
canvas of crisp blue sky. Considered to be the most arduous and at the same
time exhilarating is the cross country jeep drive to the Pong valley.
Mountaineering in Ladakh
The Suru and Zanskar valleys provide some of the more spectacular and
difficult climbing in Ladakh. The Nun Kun Massif is one of the most frequent
climbing areas of the region and is booked out for months ahead, sometimes
years, by climbing expeditions. The approach to the twin peaks is from the
Kargil-Padum Road, about 70-km south of Kargil. The main approach is either
from Tangole or Gulmadong. Some expeditions have also approached from
Parkutse along the Kangri Glacier. To reach the base camp for Kun it is for
the climbers necessary to cross the Suru River.