Ladakh – General Information?

Lo the intrepid and pugnacious, Ladakj promises a quixotic diversion. Sometimes called LITTLE TIBET. It is situated to the North-East of the Great Himalayan divide, its sparse inhabitants forming part of the Tibetan racial stock. Situated at the apex of triangular plateau formed by the Indus, at an altitude of 11,500 ft above sea level is Leh, its capital – the biggest oasis of the mountain region and heart of Ladakh. Its forbidding terrain of stark arid brown granite mountains runs across the landscape changing to various hues of purple as the sun sets across a Prussian blue horizon.

The Himalayas exercise dominating influence upon meteorological conditions, Leh has a climate characterized by almost total lack of rainfall, extreme dryness and intense isolation [exposure to sun’s rays] and great diurnal and annual range of temperatures with a low of -30 degree Centigrade in winter. Life depends on melt water from surrounding mountains.

There are many accessible modes of reaching this austere yet exhilarating land, remote in space and time.

The 235-mile Srinagar – Leh road is the longest, passing over the 17,730 ft high Khardung- La, the first of the high passes on the historic caravan trail to Central Asia from India.

Or you could have an excellent visual introduction to Ladakh by trekking. Or fly. This offers a view of the mightiest mountain ranges in the world including the Pir Panjal, the Karakoram Mountains, the Great Himalaya Range, the Zanskar Range and the Ladakh Range.

It is not usual to come across yaks that have been domesticated and used as beasts of burden.

Other forms of transport may suffice however, Taxis, the fastest and by far the most efficient, will take you on any excursion. There are not many places in Leh that cannot be reached by foot. The mosque, city palace and monasteries are within walking distance.

The palace, though in ruins, bears a striking resemblance to the Potala in Lhasa. The Namgyal Tsemo [Peak of Victory] serves as a backdrop for religious ceremonies. A temple dedicated to Maityeya- the future Buddha, and the Gongkhang Temple of Guardian Divinities are important landmarks in Leh.

Yak and Yeti Travels welcomes you to this moon lit land where outdoor activities is best experienced when it is monsoon elsewhere in India.

Adventure: Hiking/Trekking is best done in summer – in July, when mountain flowers are abundant and fields green, August, when hues turn to yellow and September, the start of harvest with the valley gradually changing to yellow ochre. Itineraries for mountaineering and trekking are numerous.