Historically, the region included the Baltistan (Baltiyul) valleys, the Indus Valley, the remote Zangskar, Lahaul and Spiti to the south,Aksai Chin and Ngari, including the Rudok region and Guge, in the east, and the Nubra valleys to the north.
Contemporary Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, the Lahaul and Spiti to the south, the Vale of Kashmir, Jammu and Baltiyul regions to the west, and the trans–Kunlun territory of Xinjiang to the far north. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It is sometimes called "Little Tibet" as it has been strongly influenced by Tibetan culture.
Ladakh being a strategic location from military angle was closed to visitors till 1974. Ladakh region includes the districts of Leh and Kargil. Ladakh is a high altitude cold desert .
Leh town is the hub of all activities in Ladakh. Leh is connected by air to Delhi,Jammu and Srinagar with daily flights to and from Delhi. By road Leh can be reached by two routes one from Manali and other from Srinagar via Kargil. Both these places are around 440 Km s from Leh and need two days of travel through high mountain passes. These roads open only during summer and peaks receive snow fall even in summer. Leh is at an altitude of around 11500ft above sea level. The co ordinates of Leh are
|34° 8′ 43.43″ N, 77° 34′ 3.41″ E.|
The main tourist attraction of Ladakh are the beautiful landscapes ,historic and pictursque monasteries ,
High altitude lakes with crystal clear waters, snow peaks , vibrant culture and religion of Ladakh.
Leh town has an ancient palace belonging to Numgyal dynasty and a monastery . Thikse monastery and shey palace
are about 10 km from Leh . The sangam of Zangskar and Indus river, Sindhu ghat, a museum of Kargil war at Hall of fame
Gurudwar pattar saheb, Spituk monastery ,Shanti stupa are the places worth seeing at Leh.
Nubra valley is a region to the north of Leh with the Nubra river and has famous Diskit monastery.
Nubra has a landscape with white sand dunes and snow capped mountains the combination of which is unique to Ladakh.While drive to Nubra valley
invoves excursion on world's highest road at Khardung La (18380 ft) .
Ladakh has several high altitude salt water lakes .Famous few are Pangong lake ,Moriri lake, Kar lake.
|Khardung La road|
|Shanti stupa at Leh|
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|Ladakh birds and wildlife|